DIY: a Teepee (and what to do inside one)

Last weekend, with a kind of boring and grey afternoon here in northern Spain, we decided to do something fun and so escape the dull weather. So, with the stuff we had at home, we tried to do a teepe. It was fun to put the bamboo sticks together. As we were not very skilled in the art, it took us a while, but it was so much fun!!. This is what come out.

Today, 3 things you can do on a grey afternoon in a “do it yourself” teepee:

1. Draw: I always take with me paper and pens, and also a little fruit box which makes a great table! Such fun to spend the afternoon drawing inside a teepee!

2. Take a summer nap under a tree… that’s nice!

3. Have a little snack. Nico was hungry after the lovely nap!!

Three simple things to do on a grey, but not boring, afternoon!!!

- Maria

9 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Mrs Stanway | July 18, 2012 | Reply

I love the idea of building a teepee under a tree – what a lot of fun! But is there really any need for the over the top cutsey styling?? co-ordinating paper straws & egg cartons + doiilies + napkins and the ZZZ’s? Is this about having fun with your kids or creating an image which makes you feel good about yourself? Seems very contrived to me.

2. Esther in Amsterdam | July 18, 2012 | Reply

Oh my gosh Maria what a cute project!! You’re just such an inspiring mum!! And Mrs Stanway, of course there’s no need for paper straws and ZZZs, but fact is that Maria is a very, very talented designer and whatever she does, she will do with style!! The beauty about Maria’s ideas is, that her styling will never overtake the project in the first place, it will always be playful and simple and totally doable for any mum — paper straws or not! Her aim is to give her sweet son a beautiful, fun childhood and we’re super happy that she’s sharing her ideas with us in such a sweet way and is constantly inspiring us!! Thanks Maria, we love you!!! xxx

3. Helene | July 18, 2012 | Reply

Contrary to Mrs Stanway, I LOVE the coordinated bottle and paper straw and the little carton box! I wouldn’t necessarily do it for my children, except maybe for a birthday party, but I wish I had the inspiration, time and patience to do it! Just to make snack time a bit more special! I think it is so cute!!

4. mart a. | July 18, 2012 | Reply

Me too!
:D

5. Emilie in Paris | July 19, 2012 | Reply

Love it and love the photos! Looks like so much fun! I do have a question though, I tried to do a similar type teepee last summer and I could not get it it stay up. how did you fasten it so it would not fall over?

6. maria cañal | July 19, 2012 | Reply

thanks Emilie!, I am sending a picture to you of the “structure”. We actually had to try several times until we found the way. At the begining it did not work, but we finally made it with the help of string. Very important to tie the sticks with it and then tie the sticks to the tree!!!

7. Eveline | July 19, 2012 | Reply

I had the same feeling as mrs Stanway: soms of your posts make me feel like the styling/beauty of a project has a higher priority than the fun of it. I immediately believe you if you tell me it isn’t true (because I also see loads of love for nico – great name by the way – in your posts and not at all in the ‘child=accessory’-way), maybe it’s just the presentation on this blog.

8. LILANDCLOE | July 19, 2012 | Reply

I love the ability to turn something as usual as a teepee in a stylish post. Thank you for your generosity in sharing with us your “maraBillosas” ideas.

9. Cova | July 19, 2012 | Reply

Lovely idea to spend the afternoon with the kids. Mrs Stanway, if you knew María you would realize that she has so much style that what it would take ages for me or for yourself to make, she can do it in 5 minutes! She is a great mum and I wish I was as good with my kids as she is with Nico!

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