Time Well-Spent

I have been inactive on WordPress of late due to time well-spent with my grandchildren. My daughter and I constructed this tent for my granddaughter. She spends a lot of time in it, either on the deck or in the house. More often than not, the massive rear of her constant dog companion extends through the curtains. It’s interesting to see a mastiff with a princess complex. He is a docile giant who makes her every step.

 

The tent construction was simple and completed in less than two hours.  Materials included a hula hoop, a round table cloth, eight curtain panels with grommets(from dollar store), fabric for ties( we cut up an old scarf) some cotton cord and a snap hook for suspension. You could easily use an old sheet instead of curtains, but the grommets made attachment so simple.

Simply disconnect hula hoop and slide grommeted panels on before reconnecting with hoop with Super Glue.  Make two small holes in center of table cloth and slide cotton cord through for loop. Give it a couple of wraps above and below connection site for support so fabric won’t tear and pull through.  My granddaughter and the dog show no mercy, so it had to be tough.  Use short fabric strips to attach tablecloth top to hula hoop and thread through each grommet to suspend panels evenly.  It worked well to thread through two buttonhole slots at each connection.  Last of all, attach hook through loop for suspension.  It suspends well from a hook in doorways.  Our little one has enjoyed hours of play in this structure.  It also provides excellent shade but allows in breezes.  Total cost was well below thirty dollars.

 

 

 

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50 thoughts on “Time Well-Spent

  1. Love your creativity from pretty much materials you had on hand, and that your granddaughter thoroughly enjoys it. Something very precious that would provide a wonderful connection between you and your granddaughter. Enjoy this time! 🙂

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  2. First, I love Mastiffs. This tent is a vast improvement over the ones we used to make using blankets over chairs and sofas. They would collapse easily! This offers a certain privacy to them and improves their imagination.

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  3. That looks perfect for a little one. I had to look up ‘grommet’. I only knew them as things that have to be surgically inserted in ears, and as young skiers – not as eyelets. And Wallace and Grommet, of course! Mig.ht make myself a mosquito net like that next year …

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