The Content Of The Article:
- Material and tools for a wheat dipi
- Step by step: Weidentipi build ourselves
- So the tipi stays in shape
A willow dipi is built fast and a paradise for little adventurers. After all, every real Indian needs a tipi. The prairie Indians used to build their tepees with thin softwood trunks and cover them with bison leather. They were quickly set up and dismantled and housed whole families. What used to be considered an apartment has now become an important part of small garden adventurers. Whether as a prop while playing, as a reading corner or retreat - the home-made Weidentipi brings the eyes of your children to shine.
Material and tools for a wheat dipi
• 10 sturdy wicker poles (3 m long)
• several flexible willow branches
• Cordless saw (eg from Bosch)
• rope (about 1.2 m long)
• hemp rope (5 m long)
• Working gloves
• possibly several ivy plants
Step by step: Weidentipi build ourselves
The Weidentipi is built on a base of two meters in diameter. Mark a circle by first knocking a stake into the ground and knotting it with a spade using a rope one meter apart. Now guide the taut rope around the peg like a compass, repeatedly stabbing the earth with the spade to mark the circle.
First mark a circle (left) and then dig out the earth (right)
Along the circular marking, you now lift a spade-wide ditch about 40 centimeters deep. Save the area that later serves as a tepee entrance. So that the children can easily crawl in and out of the natural tent, you need a planting gap of about 70 centimeters.
Now, with the stable wicker poles, the skeleton is put on (left) and the top tied with a rope (right)
Cut ten sturdy willow sticks to a length of three meters each. At intervals of 60 centimeters, the rods are planted in the ditch. Lean the willow shoots together at the top. Then tie the long rods just below the top with a long rope. This gives the tent the typical tipi shape.
Finally, weave in the pastures (left) and the Weidentipi for the children is ready
Depending on how opaque the wickerwork is to be later, several thin Flechtruten are inserted between the strong rods and woven in diagonal 20 centimeters between the large pastures all around. Important: Remember to keep the entrance area of the tepee clear. When all the willows have been placed, fill the ditch completely with earth again and press everything well. Finally, water the willow branches thoroughly.
So the tipi stays in shape
As soon as the rods drive out in the spring, the canopy of the tepee becomes ever denser. For a lush greenery, you can still put a few evergreen ivy plants between the pastures. If the tepee grows too much in the summer, cut the wild growth around the entrance area and the grass around the wicker tent simply with a hedge trimmer or the grass trimmer back.
With a grass trimmer you can also cut the lawn close to the tipi without damaging the plants