Teepee poles

(8 Posts)
PukousMucous Tue 30-Jul-13 18:52:07

DS saw a teepee in a shop and loved it so thought I'd give it a go for his birthday.

Has anyone tried? Loads of tutorials on Internet but looking for poles is the tricky bit. In Homebase the right size dowel rods are £20 each! Which would not make for a cheap version. Any ideas or experience of these matters?

Ta

Bamboo canes in the garden section are much cheaper :-)

PukousMucous Tue 30-Jul-13 19:27:46

Is bamboo strong enough, does it need to be wide?

MERLYPUSS Tue 30-Jul-13 20:19:36

You can make it from broom handles if it's only for a little one

PolterGoose Wed 31-Jul-13 11:50:35

A stout hazel stick would do. Every year I have to trim the straight branches off my contorted hazel, they're fab for tent building and tepees, often over 8ft long.

PukousMucous Wed 31-Jul-13 14:26:20

Oooh, Goose that sounds perfect, I shall hunt for hazels under the cover of darkness.

GemmaTeller Thu 01-Aug-13 09:08:32

I used laurel branches for a makeshift tent last year.

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 01-Aug-13 09:17:05

We've always used the bigger, longer bamboo canes. They are sturdy enough to carry a blanket. 5 per tipi means they can have a nice doorway. Just a 2 metre length of rope is fine to tie it with, and one end can be used as a tie back for the door. the plastic things you can buy to slot the canes into to make plant supports break, so are a false economy IME.

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