Make & Do: Spring Decor Part II

The date is set for a proper gathering among friends. You’ve secured grand mum’s recipe for scones as well as a selection of lovely teas for sipping. The linens are finely pressed for the table, but where will the little darlings have their tea? Why in a delightfully, playful setting of course!



Today we’re making a magical play tent from one of our most popular children’s fabrics (Esme) and giving you an easy step by step guide for crafting your own.

You will need:
A) Four pieces of wood molding, 1" X 2" X 60"
B) One dowel, 1 1/4" diameter X 58 1/4" long
C) One piece of wood molding, 1" X 2" X 59"
D) One piece of wood molding, 1" X 2" X 57 1/2"
E) Drill and 3/4” spade drill bit
F) Plug cutter or wood lathe
G) Two #6 X 3/4" flat head screws
H) Eight #6 X 1 1/2" flat head screws
I) Choice of fabric



PREPARATION:
From the top of two of the moldings (A1) measure and mark 6'' down. Then drill a 3/4” hole as shown below.
These outer end pieces are used to make the tent’s entry and exit.

Then on the opposite end on the outer side that is 1” wide, drill two pilot holes at 3/8” in and 3/4” apart.



From the top of the other two pieces (A2), measure and mark 6'' down. Drill a blind hole (without breaking through to the other side) 3/4” wide by 3/8” deep. Then drill a clearance hole through the face at 6”. These are the inner end pieces used to make the tent’s entry and exit.

Again, on the opposite end of the outer side that is 1” wide, drill two pilot holes at 3/8” in and 3/4” apart.


Using a plug cutter or wood lathe, turn down both ends of the dowel to 3/4” diameter by 1 1/8” long.
Drill a pilot hole for the screw in the center.



From the top of the moldings (C & D), countersink and drill two holes at 3/8" in and 3/4” apart.
(To countersink is to enlarge the upper part of a hole, forming a cavity for receiving the head of the screw).



Hem your fabric to 56" wide by 120" long with a 3" rod pocket on each end.
If you do not sew, try Stitch Witchery Heavy Duty Tape to secure your pocket.



ASSEMBLY:

  • Slide the dowel (B) into the two molding with the through holes (A1).
    Then slide into the end pieces with the blind holes (A2).
  • Angle the ends pieces to a 45 degree angle. Once end pieces are angled correctly,
    attach end pieces to the dowel with the 3/4” screws.


  • Slide the bottom molding (C) into the right fabric pocket.



  • Attach molding (C) to the bottom right sides of the tent with the 1/4" screws.
    Then, drape fabric over the dowel.



  • Repeat on the other side, sliding the bottom molding (D) into the other fabric pocket.
    Attach the molding (D) to the other side end pieces with the 1/4" screws.


And it’s playtime!

Helpful hint: Number /letter each piece and set of holes with its match for ease in assembly.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Kelsey wrote:
So cute! My kids would love this so much!

Sun, March 25, 2012 @ 8:29 PM

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