I work with the middle and high-school age girls in our church’s youth program and last week we had a night to kick off our year and welcome all the new girls, go over activities for the year, and just enjoy being around each other. Our theme for this year is “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” –2 Nephi 31:20. We went with a tribal/arrow theme for the night to carry through the “press forward” theme. One thing we made to decorate for the activity was these mini teepees to go on the tables. They were so easy to make and would be so cute on the table at a birthday party, in a nursery, or in a doll house. Sawyer even brought up the Kelly doll from when I was a kid and put her in one to hang out for awhile.
So here’s how we put them together-
The first thing we did was cut the tips off of the skewers. You could leave them on if you like the way they look, but I liked the flat look more. Then take three skewers and hold them together at the top like a teepee. Now take your twine, and tie it in a knot around where the three kabobs meet. Then just wrap and wrap and wrap the twine around the top and around the skewers until the structure feels secure. Tie a knot and cut the twine.
Next, take the scrap fabric, and you want to cut it into a trapezoid. I wish I had taken a picture of the fabric before I put it on, but here is basically the shape that I cut it to. Don’t worry about it being too precise, there’s plenty of room for error, but it’s a good idea to make a pattern out of an extra piece of scrap paper or fabric that you don’t care about.
Take your fabric, and fold the top edge down, wrap it around your teepee frame, and tie it with a piece of twine. Then you can tuck or trim any edges that look unruly or out of place and add little feathers, flowers, anything. So easy and fast to make and they are so cute. We made them in all different colors to add some pops of color to the table and represent the different parts of our theme.