Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How to Make a Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet

Kids Play Tent Project

When my first blog was in its infancy, one of my most popular projects was a DIY kids play tent. 

That project and those (terrible) photos are long gone now but I still love a good play tent!

When I was sent a review copy of Upcycling Outdoors by Max McMurdo, I saw his take on a play tent using pallet wood and fell in love with it.

I invited Max to come teach you guys how he made his awesome DIY pallet project into kids glamping tent!

Check out Max's tutorial below and then be sure to pick up a copy of his book, Upcycling Outdoors. You can find it at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Easy DIY pallet project

Carissa

Upcycling isn’t just for adults – in fact being creative with junk really brings out the child in me!

When I was growing up I’m pretty sure I spent my entire school holidays building dens.

The joy of this design is that you can create a magical space in your garden or a den for the kids using just two identical pallets, some fabric or a bed sheet, a hammer, and nails.

The joy of using pallets the same size is that the wood is already the right length so you don’t even need to cut anything!

That means you can get the kids involved.

What could be better than helping your children create their own teepee out of reclaimed materials and then watching them make it their own, enjoying the great outdoors with their friends.

Of course, if you’re a big kid like me you might consider creating a larger, adult-sized teepee using more than two pallets and a couple of bed sheets.

To add a real magical sense of fairytale glamour, dress it up with lots of scatter cushions, some soft throws and a string of battery operated lights.


DIY Pallet Project:
How to Make a Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet

Glamping Kids Tent Project


Supplies


Kids Play Tent tutorial



Directions

Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet STEP 1: 

Separate the wood on your pallet using either a pallet breaker or a hammer and breaker bar. Remove the nails by hammering them back through (you may have to straighten them first)

DIY pallet project - how to make a Kids Play Tent

Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet STEP 2: 

To create a safe, strong structure you will need an A-frame at each end. Mark a pallet board width down from the top of the board to create a good overlap.

How to make a DIY Kids Play Tent from pallets

DIY Pallet Project - how to make an A frame tent

Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet STEP 3: 

Set two pieces of pallet together and nail them together to create an A-frame for each end. Nail the bottoms to the corners of the pallet base.

SAFETY NOTE: Make sure that all old nails are removed and any really rough pallet wood is sanded smooth.

DIY Pallet Project

Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet STEP 4: 

To give additional strength to the structure and to support the fabric cover, nail a crossbar into the place where the A-frames cross.

DIY Play Tent Project - how to turn a pallet into a DIY a frame tent

Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet STEP 5: 

Measure, mark and cut your fabric to size. Throw over the crossbar and secure with nails at the bottom, pulling the fabric taut.

How to make a Kids Play Tent


Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet STEP 6: 

Dress the interior with cushions and throws. Fairy lights can add glamour.

How to make a simple DIY kids play tent. This design is perfect for boys and girls and for using indoors or outdoors. The tutorial for how to make this DIY pallet project is from Max McMudo's book Upcycling Outdoors and appears with permission on Creative Green Living. #playtent #palletprojects #pallet #playtent



That's it!
How to make a simple DIY kids play tent. This design is perfect for boys and girls and for using indoors or outdoors. The tutorial for how to make this DIY pallet project is from Max McMudo's book Upcycling Outdoors and appears with permission on Creative Green Living. #playtent #palletprojects #pallet #playtent

How to make a simple DIY kids play tent. This design is perfect for boys and girls and for using indoors or outdoors. The tutorial for how to make this DIY pallet project is from Max McMudo's book Upcycling Outdoors and appears with permission on Creative Green Living. #playtent #palletprojects #pallet #playtent



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How to make a simple DIY kids play tent. This design is perfect for boys and girls and for using indoors or outdoors. The tutorial for how to make this DIY pallet project is from Max McMudo's book Upcycling Outdoors and appears with permission on Creative Green Living. #playtent #palletprojects #pallet #playtent


Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet
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Glamping Kids Tent from an Upcycled Pallet

Upcycling isn’t just for adults – What could be better than helping your children create their own teepee out of reclaimed materials and then watching them make it their own, enjoying the great outdoors with their friends?

supplies:

2 pallets of the same size
Old bedsheet or large length of fabric
Hammer
Nails
Sand paper

instructions:

1. Separate the wood on your pallet using either a pallet breaker or a hammer and breaker bar. Remove the nails by hammering them back through (you may have to straighten
them first)

2. To create a safe, strong structure you will need an A-frame at each end. Mark a pallet board width down from the top of the board to create a good overlap.

3. Set two pieces of pallet together and nail two together to create an A-frame for each end. Nail the bottoms to the corners of the pallet base.

4. To give additional strength to the structure and to support the fabric cover, nail a crossbar into the place where the A-frames cross.

5. Measure, mark and cut your fabric to size. Throw over the crossbar and secure with nails at the bottom, pulling the fabric taut.

6. Dress the interior with cushions and throws. Fairy lights can add glamour.

NOTES:

SAFETY NOTE: Be sure to choose pallets that are not chemical treated for this project. Get more information on pallet safety here. Make sure that all old nails are removed and any really rough pallet wood is sanded smooth before beginning assembly.
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If you loved Max's project, be sure to pick up a copy of his book, Upcycling Outdoors. You can find it at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Easy DIY pallet project


About the Author:

Max McMurdo officially started his career turning junk into treasure as a child crafting washing up liquid bottles into spaceships!  After graduating from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 in Product Design and Visualisation in 2000, Max fulfilled his boyhood dream and became a car designer in Cologne, Germany.

In 2003 he established his business Reestore ltd with the aim to design and create a range of upcycled furniture and accessories from objects destined for landfill. By 2007, Reestore had won several design awards and featured in many galleries and exhibitions. 

Reestore now has a client list that includes The Body Shop and has completed several installations for Google’s head offices globally. In 2014 the company won gold at the Chelsea Flower show with Kate Gould Gardens.
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