DIY Wooden Teepee Shelf

I'm pretty excited about this project because it's the first thing I've ever made for my son + his nursery. Also, I had a (very heavy) helping hand from my favorite handyman, my dad! I'm going to be honest, my dad can build pretty much anything + he made this shelf seem so simple, so I decided to share it as a blog post. So if you're not super handy with tools, you can always find someone who is to help you with that part!


What you'll need:

  • 1- 2ft piece of poplar wood
  • 2- 3ft pieces of poplar wood
  • 2 - 1/4 inch dowels
  • Chop saw
  • Wood glue
  • Electric hand sander
  • Electric drill
  • Wood stain + spray paint

Step 1

Using the chop saw, cut your poplar wood into the following:
  • Cut your 2ft piece at a 45 degree angle on both ends
  • For one 3ft piece, cut a 22 degree angle at one end + a 45 degree angle at the other end.
  • For the 2nd 3ft piece, cut at your desired apex (cross of the teepee) at a 22 degree angle. Make sure to save the cut off piece from the cut apex!

Step 2

Butt the smaller 3ft piece into the longer 3ft piece to connect your base.

Step 3

Drill two 3/8 inch holes through the elongated piece into the butted end of the butted piece, about 1 inch through. 

Step 4

Install your 2 dowels into the holes you drilled

Step 5

On your saved piece of wood, drill 2 1/4 inch holes aligning with the 3/8 inch holes and align the dowels with the holes. Glue your dowels in with wood glue for maximum support. 

Step 6

Using your sander, buff and sand any rough edges of your wood until the entire piece and all connections and butted ends are smooth.

Step 7

Stain the wood a color of your choosing + allow to dry completely before moving on to step 8.

Step 8

About halfway up your angled base, use painters tape to section off where you want to add your accent color. Spray the top of your base + apex with 2-3 coats of a color of your choosing. I chose a matte robin's egg + loved it!

Step 9

Decorate with adorable woodland decor







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