The Custom Easy Up Tents

By | 17/05/2016

What are the custom easy up tents you can build at home for your toddler? These homemade versions are easy and simple to set up.

Version 1: Teepee

Suitability: For an individual toddler or older kids at home

Age Group: 24 months – 40 months

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Playing Time: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • 4 pieces of timber dowel
  • 4 big pegs
  • about 0.5 meter of rope
  • a large quilt or sheet
  • Pillows and soft toys (optional)
  • a torch light (optional)

Easy Steps:

  1. Free a space.
  2. Use the rope to bind the four dowels together about 0.2 meter from the top, make it a few rounds to tighten the dowels.
  3. Once you have bound them together at the top, splay them out to form the teepee tent shape.

4 dowels4. Then, drape your quilt over the frame and peg it in place, two at the top sides, two at the bottom sides.

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5.Here is the enjoyable part, fill it up with pillows and your toddler’s favorite soft toys to make it so inviting. 

6.Throw in a toddler + torch light and it’s play time!

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Mummy, the monster is coming!! Hide!!

Mommy, the monster is coming!! Hide!!

Version 2: Square Tent

Suitability: For an individual toddler or older kids at home

Recommended Age: 24 months – 40 months

Preparation Time: 7-10 minutes

Play Time: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • a square table
  • a large sheet or blanket
  • a play mat
  • a big peg
  • a large laced curtain (optional)
  • hanging decoration (optional)
  • pillows and soft toys (optional)
  • torch light (optional)

Easy steps:

  1. Free a space.
  2. Spread a mat. (I was using the washable Fisher Price Baby Play Gym Mat , though my boy wasn’t playing that anymore, I just took out the accessories and reuse as it is very colorful.)
  3. Get a square table.
  4. Cover the table with the big sheet.

custom easy up tents5. Find the middle line of the blanket,  peg it nicely to form the opening curtain doors for the tent entrance.


6.Stuff in pillows and soft toys. Decorate the tent with hanging soft toys. I just reuse some cot hanging baby soft toys.



P.S.: You can name the custom easy up tents in a funny way and for what purpose they shall serve. I called it a “Hiding Shelter” whenever Jaeden suspects if the monsters and bad dinosaurs are coming after him. >_<


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8 thoughts on “The Custom Easy Up Tents

  1. Lauren Kinghorn

    Hi Jenna, I’m also a happy Mom to a happy toddler. My son is 2 and a half. These tents are such a cute idea! Your entire website is gorgeous! Looks like it won’t take you long to reach your SAHM goal. When you are ready I would love to interview for my website.

    1. Jenna Post author

      Cool Lauren! Congratulations on reaching the title, I am so happy for you. Thank you for the positive encouragement, I will work harder! Interview for your website? Interesting…May I know your website please?

  2. Yousseph

    I like your Logo a lot if you can send me a Pm and tell me how you do that i would appritiate this , Everyone did a tent When we were kids that’s a nice memory for anyone to look at your website ,But what i didn’t know is that its Called Toddler 🙂
    Thanks for the new Info now i know , as you can tell my 1st language isn’t English

    1. Jenna Post author

      Hi Yousseph!

      I am so pleased to know that you like my logo a lot, i put in some efforts in doing that, everything starts from a concept,will pm to share with you! Besides, It’s great to be able to reminisce your childhood memories.No worries, English is not my first language as well, we can always learn together.

  3. Rachel

    Oh wow, fabulous ideas!

    My memories of ‘hiding from monsters’ were crawling under the bed or covering myself with a blankie……-coughs-.

    We used to have a double-decker bed last time, so what we did when we had lots of kids around was to put a transparent plastic sheet from the top bed and leave it to drape down past the lower bed. Then we pretended it to be a double-decker bus……

    I’m wondering if it’s possible to incorporate such ideas, except that it’s on the bed? In that case, we won’t have to keep taking them down……and the children can sleep in it whenever they want!

    1. Jenna Post author

      Hi Rachel, My son’s current favorite is to play covering ourselves in the blankie and chat…lol. Oh, I think your double-decker bus tent idea is fabulous! That is very practical and convenient as well, thank you for providing such great idea!

  4. Johnny

    I really enjoyed you awesome ideas for custom tents for toddlers. Having a 4 and 1 year old of my own, I’m always looking for ways to have some homemade fun inside the house. We always made forts when we were kids, and your ideas go right along with that fun concept.I especially thought it was neat to incorporate the pillows and toys to make it more inviting to them, I’m sure that my boys will love it!

    1. Jenna Post author

      Hi Johnny,

      Thank you for sharing your joy and experience, I smiled after reading your comment, yes, making forts, how fun! I will write an activity about building easy forts soon, I guess you knew it the best! Hope that your boys will love the tent idea. Cheers~


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