Oct 042016
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One of the reasons I love where I live is that it’s so rich in Native American culture here.  I live in a town adjacent to where it all began – Plymouth, MA (you know, where the first Thanksgiving took place).  Everywhere you go around here, there are reminders that the Native Americans left their footprint here first and I love finding ways to teach my kids about their culture.  While there are many tribes, the Wompanoags are most prominent in this area.

This DIY teepee craft is the perfect way to teach your kids about the Native American culture here in the US.  It’s easy to make & only needs a few supplies.

How to make a teepee kids craft:

Here’s what you need:

  • sticks of varying lengths but of similar thickness (average of 10 inches 10 1 ft. shown)
  • tape and glue to secure things to the tee pee
  • scissors
  • craft items to decorate your teepee such as various types of string and yarn, washi tape, fabric scraps, ribbon, construction paper, felt, feathers, etc.



1. Gather your sticks ( about 6 – 8)
2. Lay them on a flat surface and make sure that all the ends on one side are level with each other.
3. Near the top of the sticks (more than half way up) begin to weave string in and around the sticks so that they are securely connected.


4. Pull the string tight enough that they are in a bundle, but loose enough that the branches can be pulled outwards to create a teepee shape. Tie in a knot.



5. Spread out the sticks into a teepee shape.


6. Break some sticks to fit in between the tee pee sticks and use tape to secure them. This will make a stable foundation for your tee pee and keep it from sliding down.

7. Now it is time to decorate! Wrap your teepee with string, washi tape and other items, using glue to secure them where needed.



8. Once your tee pee is decorated to your liking, add some feathers on the top by placing a bit of glue on the bottom of the feathers and placing them in the top sticks of the teepee.


What are some of your favorite fall crafts to do with your kids?

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  90 Responses to “DIY Teepee Craft”

  1. that teepee tent is cool. Love the colorful feathers 🙂

  2. The boys would love to help make this cute little teepee! I’m sure it would spark their imaginations and it’s so cute and colorful.

  3. DIY projects are always cool and they likewise incorporate many beneficial elements. DIY tasks are fun and allow you to be creative. Btw this is really a cute teepee

  4. DYI crafts with the kids are always fun -not only do we get something a keepsake-but the memories last forever. My favorite crafts were anything to do with their hand prints-because they are only small for so long!

  5. What a fun craft for kids!!! I know my oldest loves to do crafts like this, would be right up her alley with Thanksgiving coming up.

  6. That’s so cute! I love doing crafts like this with the kids.

  7. That’s such a cute craft idea. My kids would love making these and placing them all around the house.

  8. that is such a cute idea! This would be a fun craft to do on thanksgiving while the kids are waiting for the food to get on the table.

  9. That’s so much fun. Crafts like this are a great way to get in some quality time with the kids.

  10. This would be the perfect craft to do when I take my Girl Scouts to camp. What a great way to use nature and the girls creativity. I’ll post a picture when my troop finish making these crafts.

  11. How cute! I love that you used sticks instead of store bought craft sticks. Great job.

  12. This looks like such a fun kid’s craft. I’d love to make this teepee with my kids. What a fun project for a rainy weekend!

  13. Easy and fun! That is exactly what I am looking for! This would be fun project to do with my kiddo! Great idea!

  14. It’s nice to teach kids some crafts that will not only develop their creativity but they will learn something from it like culture and history.

  15. That’s so cute and simple! I love doing DIY crafts with my kids and I love that you can teach them about the culture as well.

  16. maybe i can also try doing a Christmas tree version of these with my kids.. i that case we can save and we can have our family bonding at the same time

  17. What an awesome DIY project! This would be perfect for a social studies unit on American history!

  18. This craft could start with a nature walk to collect the sticks and maybe the feathers. This would be perfect for the cub scouts.

  19. What a super cute and easy craft idea to do with kids. I love teepees!

  20. What a fun craft! Sharing with my sister for her little ones.

  21. My nephews would totally love this craft! What a fun things with falls sticks in the yard!

  22. This is super cute. What a perfect craft for the Thanksgiving season!

  23. This is so neat! My daughter would absolutely LOVE to do this.

  24. While I can’t say I have any favorite fall crafts, #NotCrafty. I will say I’d like to try this one. It’s absolutely adorable and I know my kids would totally enjoy creating it.

  25. This is such a great idea to share with kids! I can’t wait to try it out with my daughter. Thanks for sharing this!!!

  26. This is such a cute fall craft. I am always looking for fun craft ideas to do with my niece and nephew. Thanks for sharing.

  27. I like the teepee craft, it’s very unique. I know the kids will have fun making it. Right now we’re crafting holiday decorations.

  28. You always share the most creative crafts. I just love them all, and how they spark creative ideas in me. This is another great one to help teach kids about Thanksgiving and our Native Americans.

  29. This craft would be a wonderful way to incorporate some hands on fun while learning about Native Americans. Even my older children would enjoy a project like this!

  30. Love this DIY for a mil reasons! Its simple, its creative and its so perfect for the fall! I love your step by step process – always make it so easy to understand!

  31. What a simple and cute craft! I love that it involved using nature in the craft as well. Thanks for sharing!

  32. This is a cute craft project that kids and do to help celebrate the Thanksgiving. I like that it is simple to make and it won’t cost a lot.

  33. That is so cutee! You have a great imagination. Congrats!

  34. This is a very cute craft idea for the season. Love the items that you chose for colors and textures.

  35. What a fun project. I remember, years ago, when my kids studied native Americans during homeschool and they created the most amazing village. Just so much fun

  36. Aren’t you just a ball of craftiness!? I love this idea and want to make a few of these with my girls!

  37. We always did things with leaves. My kids loved being outdoors so collecting them was their favorite part.

  38. That teepee is a cool project to make with kids.

  39. Oh for fun. I can see how this would be a great history lesson for kiddos too. I love this idea!

  40. This craft is awesome! I like that it’s easy enough for kids to make and it’s a great way to introduce them to the Native American culture. There’s nothing like learning while having fun!

  41. That’s a cute craft. When brown paper bags were given away more freely we used to make old leather looking maps from them or leather vests to wear decorated with Native American symbols and designs.

  42. This is so dang cute! I don’t think I’ll ever be creative so it makes me happy to find people like you who are!

  43. We love anything that has to do with pumpkins for crafting, but this is a super cute idea! My husbands family is native American, so this would be a great craft we can do with the grandparents to learn about their ancestors!

  44. I love how easy and mess free these are! So great for each place setting at Thanksgiving!

  45. Great idea. Anything to keep them off the computer 24/7

  46. This is such a cool craft! Even better, they have to go find the supplies first.

  47. I would have been all over this as a kid. I was totally obsessed with all things indian. I made my own tee pees all the time!! So cool!

  48. This was pretty easy. I am actually really into Native American culture the older I get and thats so interesting you live near so many of the culture history (well in a sense we all do).

  49. This DIY teepee craft is indeed an awesome idea for kids for the fall. I used to do the hand turkeys along with the tracing the leaves with my boys when they were little. This teepee craft will be something I can do with my niece’s kids. I know they would love to do craft these for sure. Thanks for sharing the craft.

  50. Oh what a cute little craft! I love this, and I’m sure many kids will too! Perfect for teaching them about Native American culture!

  51. Wow, this is so creative! and I love the ideas

  52. This is such a cute idea! I love all the multi-coloured feathers to ! I might make one and use the same colours in pastel!

  53. That is so cute! My kids and I love making Halloween crafts. Now I know what our next project would be!

  54. what a cute craft. this is perfect fro thanksgiving time.

  55. This is so cute. I love doing crafts with my twin granddaughters. They’ll love this, for sure.

  56. Where has this been for all of my son’s school homework projects? This is awesome. Perfect before they start learning about the MayFlower story.

  57. Hmm this looks fun! I live in WV so I am sure we can find tons of cool stuff for one! Mission time!

  58. Best childhood memory was when my dad built us aREAL TEEPEE. he got wood, some “fabric we could paint” (canvas from walmart) and set it up, and then got us some paints and let us paint it. I think we still have the canvas somewhere. So awesome! this is so cute.

  59. Best childhood memory was when my dad built us a REAL TEEPEE. he got wood, some “fabric we could paint” (canvas from walmart) and set it up, and then got us some paints and let us paint it. I think we still have the canvas somewhere. So awesome! this is so cute.

  60. Love, Love, Love this! What a great idea. Would love to do something like this with my kids. Especially my younger ones and get them introduced to different cultures early!

  61. This looks like so much fun to make!!! What a fun idea to make Thanksgiving decorations like this.

  62. That is such a cute craft. I’ll have to get some of these items so I can make them with my girls. I know they’re going to love it too.

  63. That is such a cute craft. I’ll have to get some of these items so I can make them with my girls. I know they’re going to love it too.

  64. This is such a cute idea! I bet we have almost all the materials already. Maybe we’ll try it this weekend!

  65. This is such a cute craft. I will have to make this with my friends kids when they come visit me. We love to do any craft with paint.

  66. My kids would be all for this craft. Some of them are learning about this culture and era in school as well. Perfect timing!

  67. No way! This is awesome, reminds me of this movie I loved as a kid called Indian in the Cupboard

  68. What a fun craft! I’m sure my daughter would love to create a teepee for her little dolls!

  69. What a great craft! It is so cool that the kids can learn about Native American culture and have fun at the same time!

  70. Oh, it is so cute. I love making DIY crafts since I was a kid, hope my son will like making too.

  71. Oh my this is so fun! I bet my boys would love to make this with me!

  72. What a great craft idea! This is perfect for fall really!

  73. Oh, nice craft. This looks interesting. We will make it at home.

  74. Wow, this craft is so nice. My son will be surely amazed by this.

  75. I haven’t done anything DIY for a long time. This is a great idea.

  76. That’s cute! I bet my daughter would love looking for the sticks for this and making it for her toys.

  77. Learning about other cultures is so important. I love how you paired the education with a fun, engaging craft.

  78. This is a nice craft. You are so creative, I haven’t done anything like this.

  79. Wow, what a cute idea! We will definitely have to do this!

  80. This would be an awesome craft for homeschoolers! I love it!

  81. What a fun craft for kids!! I’m sure kids would love making these. Thanks for sharing!

  82. This looks so cute and easy!! I am going to have to give this a try with my kids.

  83. Such an easy and fun DIY for kids! I love this idea, they look easy to make too! Perfect for a rainy day inside.

  84. How cute is this diy. My daughter loves to walk in the park and collect sticks now we have something to do with them 🙂 Can’t wait to make our own little tipee!

  85. That teepee is too cute!! I love Fall crafts. I saw one on Pinterest of a candy corn made out of buttons!

  86. This is such an adorable craft. My kids would love to make these!

  87. So cute and creative. My son would love to do this, crafts are a big hit in our house! Thanks for sharing this!

  88. This looks like such a fun and easy craft! I’m sure your kids enjoyed this craft!

  89. This looks like a really cool DIY project, I love creating things and doing fun projects too!!

  90. It looks fun to prepare. And it looks so cute! Thanks for sharing!