Recently I had to do a photo shoot of some beach tent scenes which I was really excited about. The only problem was I had no idea how to make one.Now I know that not everyone lives in the climate to be hanging out in tents right now, (myself included - this was done in Seattle), but as the warm weather starts to hit you can throw one up on the beach, in the woods, a park, or even in your backyard for a day filled with relaxation, food, reading, music and a nap.
Things you will need:
Seven 7 foot long sturdy sticks about an inch and a half thick
Rope or twine
Zip ties or binder clips (optional)
3-4 yard pieces of fabric
A few large rocks
Pillows and blankets
Steps to building your tent:
1. Take three of your sticks and make a tripod. Cut a long piece of twine and wrap it around the top end of the tripod securing all three pieces together. Make sure you go around, on the bottom and in between each piece of wood to get a good hold.
2. Repeat for a second tripod.
3. Separate the tripods according to how big you want your tent and the length of your last stick which will act as the roof structure of your tent.
4. Rest the ends of your last stick across the top of each tripod for a place to hang your fabric.
5. For a large two person tent you will need two pieces of long fabric to create your tent. Tie one end of the fabric by the top of your tripod and the other end at the center of your roof stick. Stretch the fabric out diagonally back towards the ground and place large stones on the back side to keep the fabric down and create the shape of your tent.
6. Repeat on the other side with the second piece of fabric.
7. You can use a binder clip to secure the two pieces of fabric together so the wind doesn't separate them.
8. If you want to make a tent for just one person you can use one tripod to drape or stretch out two side by side to make it a little roomier.
9. Then all you need to do is throw a blanket down with some pillows, a picnic basket, a book and anything else you want to keep you company on your fabulous day of sun and relaxation.
The number one thing I learned is that this isn't the easiest thing to do by yourself especially with the wind is furiously trying to make you fail. But at the end it all went well and I will definitely be making use of my new found skills for many years to come.
(Images: Alysha Findley)