- x6 - 6 foot long dowels* (I used 1" think dowels, but in hindsight, I would have gone with something slightly thiner like 3/4". You could also use bamboo garden stakes or 1"x2" wood pieces.)
- Canvas- 3 meters long by 60" wide.
- Leather rope or something similar to tie with- ribbon, jute or twine would all work - I used about 10 - 15 feet of it.
- x8 grommets- I used 3/4" round- you will also need the appropriate size grommet setting tool. I got both of these items at Michael's for around $10.00
- Needle and thread (I used thick embroidery floss with an appropriate sized needle)
- Things you want to dress up your tent with- beads, paint, feathers... whatever your imagination is envisioning.
Step 1: Hold all 6 poles in one hand and wrap a small section of rope around them fairly tightly (I left about a foot of exposed pole at the top). Spread the poles out evenly- about 18-20" apart, leaving a larger opening where you want the entrance of the tent to be.
Step 3: Drape the fabric over the tent poles and secure temporarily with excess rope. On the inside of the canvas, mark with a pencil where the poles meet the canvas (approximately 6 inches from the ground.) Take the fabric down and using strong thread or embroidery floss, sew small pieces of rope to the pencil marks to act as ties. These will help hold the fabric in place when the teepee is standing and keep the poles from moving around too much.
* If you wanted a completely no-sew alternative, you could use adhesive backed Velcro tabs in lieu of ties.
Step 4: Measure out where your grommets will be- from the top of the canvas, measure down about an inch and mark with a pencil. From there, measure down about 2.5 inches and continue marking so you have space for 4 grommets on each side.
* I folded about an inch or two of fabric in on it self so the grommets would be going through two pieces of fabric like the package instructions suggested
Step 5: Drape the fabric over the tent poles again. Place the middle of your length of rope on the back of the tent and wrap several times around the top of the canvas tightly to secure it in place. From there, thread the remaining rope through your grommets and tie at the bottom. Readjust your poles if needed then tie your inside ties to the poles.
* I used two pieces of rope the same length for this part to give the threading a really full look. Also, afterward I added several more feet of rope wrapped around the top of the tent to clean up some of the white canvas that was sticking out between the strands.