Hi, it’s me again, Gemia, and I am so excited to be back here to share another day at camp with you! My little boys are fascinated with their Native American toys right now. We are having the perfect weather to set up camps, forests, and hunting grounds in our yard. They will spend hours pretending and playing and I love it! They needed some Teepees to go along with their toys but was unable to find what I wanted so I decided that we should just make some.
First you will need to gather your supplies and your littles so that you can all work together on this project. Once you have everything you will start by prepping the paper cones. We want them to look like Teepees, so we are going to cut of the tip and cut a curved hole into the center base. This will require heavy duty scissors and should be done by the adult or older children. We made three cones and did this all at once for each cone. Once you have done this you can set the cones aside for a bit.
Now we need to prepare our animal skins, aka fabric scraps. I chose a few scraps of Tomahawk by Art Gallery, a coordinating geometric print, and bits & pieces of other prints that had a Native American feel. To prep you fabric you need to pull out your first print and one of the EZ-Steam adhesive sheet and your fabric scraps. I placed my fabric scrap Right-Side down on the table to start. Then, simply peel the backing off of one side of the adhesive sheet, and place that side onto the Wrong-Side of the fabric. Press this firmly as we are NOT heat sealing this. Then you, the adult, will need to trim the excess fabric off of the adhesive sheet. Grab one of the cones that you already cut and have it in front of you. Next, peel the backing from the other side of the adhesive sheet and slowly wrap this around the cone.
When you get to the point where the fabric is going to overlap, grab your scissors and cut the extra fabric, leaving enough room for the two ends to overlap slightly. DO NOT cut the fabric to match the teepee entrance that you cut in the cone- that will come next.
Now flip the cone so that the entrance into the teepee is down and you are looking at the inside of the cone. You are going to cut slits in the extra fabric from the edges up to the cone.
To make sure that the fabric stays down while the littles are playing with I decided to secure it with Duck Tape. This will also make for a fun background on the inside of the teepee. I choose this really cool leopard print roll and my little man choose a super hero roll. I love all the fun prints that Duck Tape has now!!! To do this you need to tear off little strips and simply press it onto the inside of the cone being sure to catch the raw edges for the fabric.
Now you have made a teepee, but of course we want to make it super cool, so we are going to use the Duck Tape to add a fringed trim and to make the tops of the teepees look like sticks are poking out.
Grab the Duck Tape that you want to use, I am using the leopard print roll again, and peel a strip off that is just a bit longer than the height of the teepee. Next you need to fold over one side of the tape sticky sides together. Now take the scissors and cut tiny slits into the doubled-sided fold that you just created. Once you are done making the fringe, tape it onto the teepee using the exposed sticky edge. Start on the inside bottom edge, of the teepee, and work your way up to the top. Wrap the fringe around the opening at the top and press it all down. If you want to make more layers of fringe do that now. That’s it! You should have one really cool teepee to play with now!
I am so excited at how well this project worked! My littles are having a ton of fun with these and they are sturdy and durable enough that they will last well beyond the summer time! Thanks for visiting with us today. I hope you stick around because there are a lot of more great adventures happening at our Camp her at Sewing With Boys!
Looking for something fun to do with your child WHILE doing something good for the environment?
Here is a fantastic project to do just that.
Duct Tape Juice Pouch Wallets
Let’s gather some supplies. You will need:
- 2 empty juice pouches
- duct tape
- velcro (not pictured above)
Start by cutting across the top of each juice pouch (where the straw goes), wash, and allow to dry.
Now it is time to cut the duct tape into strips.
You will need 4 shorter strips (the length of the shortest sides of the pouch- approx. 4″each) and 2 longer strips (the length of the longest sides-approx. 6″each). I cut them to size and then halved them by making a small slit, and ripping the tape. It ripped in a straight line every time.
Lay the tape on the table, sticky side up, and place the pouch edge on top of it.
Now fold up the tape. Repeat for the bottom of pouch. You will want to leave one pouch top not taped.
They should look like this. Now, trim off the excess tape.
Take the pouch with the two ends taped, and fold like this:
You will want the side that faces the correct way to be slightly lower than the other side.
Take the other pouch and insert it like the photo above, with the untaped side inside.
At the crease, place your last 4″ piece of tape to keep the two pouches together.
This is how it should look on the other side.
Fold up the upside down end, and tape the long sides now, so it forms a pouch.
Make sure to trim the excess tape.
If you have velcro dots, make sure to follow the instructions on the package. Take both dots and place them together (sticky sides facing out) and stick them on the flap. Then press down so they also stick to the body of the wallet.
Our dots needed to set for 24 hours closed and untouched.
After that, you are done. You can use your wallet!
*My tip on collecting juice pouches when your family doesn’t drink them: ASK EVERYONE! Camps, schools, family members, friends. It is amazing how many we collected after we started asking around. People actually saved them. We ended up with about 200!
My son is a collector of just about anything that catches his eye but he always seems to be in full gathering mode whenever we are out in nature. Giving him containers to sort and house his “treasures” is a must.
I love re-using large and medium containers that are often found holding things like yogurt or sour cream. Not only are the containers the perfect sizes for re-purposing but the print often comes off with household supplies and elbow grease leaving a blank canvas to great creative with!
The great thing about this project is that younger kids can partake in the decoration aspect and older kids can do the entire thing on their own. Alternative methods to the magic eraser mentioned in the tutorial should be tackled by a parent only.
– Plastic containers
– Permanent markers or other decorative materials
– Magic eraser or similar product to remove print from the container (optional if containers have no print)
You can remove the print on many containers with nothing more than repeatedly rubbing a magic eraser over the area. 100% Acetone (nail polish) applied using a rag also removes the print with less elbow grease. The latter is something that should be done only by an adult wearing gloves in a well ventilated area. It might take longer using a magic eraser but overall it seems like the more convenient option to me. No need to take special precautions and kids can help with the task!
Removing the print on some containers may prove more difficult than others. The marshmallow fluff containers I had leftover from making a cake filling gave us quite the workout but eventually we got a nice clear surface. Sometimes no matter how much you rub there will still be a faint impression left over instead of a perfectly white surface. I’ve found that once you re-decorate the container the impression is not noticeable at all.
Containers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so get creative with what you use. Even clear containers are great for this project!
We used permanent markers in an array of colors to decorate the containers. Anything can be used that will adhere to the plastic. Permanent markers, paint, stickers (ideal for smaller kids that you might not want wielding permanent markers), and even decoupage would all be great mediums to use.
That is it! Sometimes the simplest projects are the best projects. Not only are you recycling but the re-purposed containers are great for a multitude of uses.
Be sure to also save the lids for enclosed storage.
Even without a lid the containers can be used for supplies of all shapes and sizes.
Of course they are also perfect to be used outside for the collector!
The weather is getting warm and the days are getting longer. It is time for adventure and play. This weeks round up is about sewing up fun things to get boy’s imaginations going and bring some adventures into their lives.
How fun are these no sew super heroes costumes! from Twin Dragonfly Designs
Adventures require a tent, right. I love this one from Obsessively Stitching
Every prince needs a crown! This felt one from Making things for kids is great!
And every prince needs a horse! Check out these stick horses from Lia Griffith
And I will wrap it up with this fun fishing game from Make it love it!