My mother Doris is very thrifty and she rarely buy anything new for her projects. TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE, is her motto.

She got the idea for this tent when Frank and Viola stopped using the swing set in her garden. The old metal swing frame just stood there unused. And she decided on turning it into a tent.

The tent is made from old blankets that has been in her house since the 70´s. (I´ve snuggled on them as a baby I´m sure)
4 whole blankets were used like this: 1 for bottom. 2 for the sides. And 1 blanket was slit into two triangles used as back and front (given zipper for entrance)

They are sown together and I guess the only tricky part is adding the zipper. (that Doris took from an old garment bag)

To keep the tent from sagging at the top she added a flower stick as support, it runs all they way from the front to the back, like a spine. She also added some string that ties to the metal frame – this lifts everything so make them sturdy!

Like most tents this tent need to be stretched and hammered to the ground.  Mom used screwdrivers as stakes and hammered down 3 on each side and that´s it!





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July 19, 2012 at 13:54

Shit vilken händig och snäll mormor barnen har! Jättefint tält och så smart med skruvmejslar, de gör ju inte så ont i tårna att snubbla på som tältpinnar gör :)
Jag har funderat på att göra nåt liknande inomhus, fast med en såndär uppfällbar klädställning. Kul med inspiration!

Isabelle McAllister
July 19, 2012 at 16:12

Such a great idea and clever mum! Go Doris go!

July 19, 2012 at 16:46

Love, vilken superduper ide!!
Kanske slänger på en presenning så kan vi i alla fall mysa i regnet;)
Här ska det tältas!!

Melissa@Julia’s Bookbag
July 19, 2012 at 17:49

I love this!!! Want to try!!

Jen at Roundstone Revival
July 19, 2012 at 20:44

Wowee, so clever! Love the reuse of what is on hand, and possibly actually in the way. I recently repurposed an old worn out adult bathing suit into a mermaid costume, and felt absolutely giddy about it. This is a great idea for when our current little person’s swingset is not longer a favorite perch. Love, love.

Jenny Brandt
July 19, 2012 at 20:50

So glad you like it guys!

Will tell mom =)


July 20, 2012 at 06:30

Wow! Så fint!

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August 15, 2012 at 22:59

om NÅGON slår dig i fantastiskhet, så är det ju såklart din mamma! älskar doris!

Jenny Brandt
August 16, 2012 at 14:52
– In reply to: caroline

Tack Caroline!
Vad gölligt sagt.

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