Make summer reading fun with this DIY No Sew Reading Tent for Kids! This post is sponsored by Zenni Optical via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. May contain commissioned links.
No Sew Reading Tent for Kids
We officially have a little glasses wearer in the house. That’s right. At 7-years old, my son is now the proud owner of a sweet little pair of spectacles. The change for him at first was difficult.
“No one else wears glasses in 2nd grade. Do I have to wear these everyday?”
But when he put on his glasses for the first time, it was amazing how differently he could see the world. Shapes, colors, people – everything looked beautiful and new.
I knew that I had to celebrate my son and his new glasses wearing journey, but how? I headed to my favorite store for inspiration. Then I saw it. A tee-pee, perfect for reading…for about $90. My mouth literally dropped in the middle of the store.
Then, light bulb.
DIY No Sew Reading Tent for Kids
And so, the DIY No Sew Reading Tent for Kids was inspired. Just a few supplies, no sewing required (because you know me, I don’t sew), and all for around $20 – this tent will inspire your little one to read this summer too!
Ready to make your own? Seriously, you won’t believe how easy this DIY reading tent is to make!
What You Will Need
The materials may look intimidating, but don’t fear! This No Sew Reading Tent is actually so easy to create!
- (5) 3/4″ diameter PVC Pipe, about 5 feet long (We had some leftover from our DIY Kids Car Wash!)
- (2) 3/4″ diameter PVC Pipe, about 4 feet long
- (4) 3/4″ PVC elbow joints
- PVC Pipe Cutters
- (2) 50″ x 84″ tab curtains
Begin by taking 2 of the 5 foot pipes and tying together in an “A” frame as shown. Using the rope, be sure to wrap around both poles both over and under to keep the 2 poles in place. Knot the ends.
Repeat. Make a second A-frame out of 2 more of the 5 foot pipes and rope.
Place elbow joints at the bottom of each A-frame pipe base. Using the (2) 4 foot pipes, connect and complete the A-frame as shown.
All that’s left is the last 5 foot PVC pipe and 2 curtains.
With the pipe in the middle, lay out the curtains so that you have one curtain on either side of the pipe, pattern side up. Now thread the tabs of the curtains onto the pipe, alternating between the 2 so that you have a tent like the picture above. Let the curtains hang down.
Place the curtain pole across the top of the two A-frames, as shown in the picture above. Be sure that it can hang on it’s own without extra support. (You don’t want the tent falling down on top of your child’s head!)
Pull curtain taut.
Wrap the remaining curtain length around the bottoms of the A-frame and underneath the middle of the tent to make a built in tent bottom (no itchy skin and no sewing!).
Time to read! My son LOVES to read in his new reading tent. The perfect place to enjoy some quiet time, this tent is the perfect spot to catch up on his favorite chapter book.
And no reading tent is complete without showing off his new specs from Zenni Optical. Encouraging families to read all summer long, Zenni Optical offers a huge variety of stylish glasses and sunglasses for kids and adults at affordable prices.
That means my son’s new stylish specs from Zenni Optical cost me less than the supplies for this tent!
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Encourage summer reading with your family with this DIY No Sew Reading Tent for Kids. And get your family quality glasses for your family budget at Zenni Optical. See why #SeeingIsForReading at https://bit.ly/SeeingIsForReading.
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Melissa Storms says
It doesn’t take much to get my son into a book, I just try to keep track of what new books are coming out from hos favorite authors and in his favorite genre. My son needs a new pair of glasses for the school year and loves his old ones from Zenni.
Cindy S. says
Your son’s glasses are very cool! He looks great! My son – now 17, was really sad about needing glasses when he was just a year older than your son. We ultimately relented and let him get contact lenses (disposable). He was responsible and driven enough to make it work even at such a young age. That was beneficial for him especially when he played sports. Expensive though. Your son is rockin’ his glasses so hopefully you won’t need to go the $ route.
We encourage our kids to read a lot. Our youngest – 11- joined the Reading Club at the library this summer. Our kids have been doing that for years.
I would actually be the one wearing the Zenni Optical glasses. I had Lasik years ago which was life changing. Highly recommend it! I am older now though and like most folks my age 50+, I need reading glasses.
We read to our kids every night. Each can pick two stories and it’s always a fight about who’s story gets read first. I would use the glasses gift card. My vision is starting to go and I need reading glasses.
Jaime Cummings says
We go to yard sales and the library to make sure books are always around and available. We swap books with the neighbors to keep things fresh.
paige chandler says
Everyone could use glasses in our house. Sunglasses and reading glasses.
Charlene S. says
My son is an avid reader, no need to encourage him. Everyone in my home wears eyeglasses.
Jerry Marquardt says
I would like to get some long needed eye-ware for my nephew. This gift card would come in most handy.
Melanie Montgomery says
I would! I wear glasses everyday!
Buddy Garrett says
I would be wearing them.
Lily Kwan says
Julie Hawkins says
I’m encouraging my kids to read this summer, and they would wear the glasses.
Michelle D. says
I would wear the glasses! And we go to the library weekly
I check out like 20 books every time we go to the library and they are read by the nexxt day-that’s how into reading my little one is.
Your No-Sew Reading Tent is adorable! Pinned it!
Thank you, Joy!
Lauryn R says
My oldest daughter is 7 and just recently started wearing glasses too! I think it’s adorable, and it took some time but I think she’s starting to love them too! 🙂 All 3 of my kids are obsesssed with making little tents and forts, they would LOVE this! I love how easy it sounds to make, and much cheaper than buying the crazy designer kids tents that are everywhere these days.
I came across this post while searching for PVC tent ideas to shade some trees during the first couple of years of their growth. This should work perfectly! Thank you!