Ta - da!
It was actually DEAD easy to make, and took me about 20 minutes to throw together (the little lady woke up just in time - just as I had finished putting the material over the tent!)
Here's the play by play for this easy homemade tent - you need...
* Four wooden posts (two longer, two shorter)
* A hammer
* A large piece of material
* A blanket
Step One: Hammer posts into ground so that they are steady and secure...
These posts were leftover from our craft room renovation last summer. I NEVER throw wood out - I believe it will always come in useful! Here I just made sure it was sanded off and splinter free!
I put the two taller posts at the front, and the smaller ones at the back and made a trapezium shape, so that the tent is larger at the front, and gets smaller as you move back...
I literally used some garden twine and initially tied it off at the back post, so that it would be out of the reach and eye-line of little fingers... I looped it round each post a few times so that it was extra secure. If you want to make it super-secure, you could hot glue it, or nail it, but I wanted to keep it detached so that I can take the little tent up and down without getting in a big tangle each time!
OK, not really! A blanket will do... something to stop that itchy grass bothering those little legs, and to keep those ants/general creepy crawlies at bay. I just folded the blanket in so that it fit the shape of the frame!
All you need here is a seriously large piece of rectangular material. I picked this stuff up a couple of years ago at a gorgeous material shop in Matlock... it was something like £1.99 a meter so I took about 3m worth! I layed it over the top of the frame, wrapping it tightly around the frame legs at the front and pulling it taut over the frame. I then tied some bunting that I made just before Ava was born (not shown in this picture) around the top of the frame to hold the material in place.
Then I just put Ava's cushion in, her cassette player (picked it up for £3 at the charity shop on Wednesday! Brilliant! I have SO many story tapes for her, but I didn't have a cassette player to play them on - nowhere seems to sell them anymore - so I was SO chuffed to find it. But that's another story!) and a basket full of toys... happy as Larry!
Why not have a go?! It's provided hours of outdoor entertainment and sun protection here!