Building Weidentipi - step by step instructions for a teepee


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A willow dipi is a perfect hideaway for kids and a great place for adventure. We will explain step by step how to build one yourself.

Weidentipi build

A willow dipi is an important place for small Indians and adventurers. Little children like to play in caves and hide in different places. A willow dip is a great way to create a retreat for young and old. Whether small children play Indians or big children retire to read does not matter. The Weidentipi in your own garden is set up in a few hours and withstands external influences for a long time. Use freshly cut branches, these usually hit roots quickly. The Weidentipi becomes an important part of the home garden.

You need this for the construction of a Weidentipis

The most important material to build a wheat dipi are enough thick branches and twigs. At least 10 stable branches with a length of 10 meters are needed and many smaller bendable branches. To bring the branches to the desired length, a cordless saw is an advantage. A spade to dig in the branches and a stake to measure the base are also necessary. In addition, a rope, a ladder and work gloves are recommended. If you want to beautify the willow dipi, you can still provide some ivy plants. In a nutshell you need:

  • thick branches
  • flexible branches
  • Cordless Saw
  • spade
  • peg
  • ladder
  • rope
  • plants

Instructions for the construction of a wheat dipis

The Weidentipi is set up very fast. You only need about an afternoon time. Even children can help with the construction. This is not only fun, but the children also learn to use tools. Later, the little ones will be very proud that they have built their own tepee and like to play in it and spend time. It takes only a few steps to build the Weidentipi from scratch.

Step 1 - Measure footprint:

To build the Weidentipi, a circle with a diameter of about 2 meters is needed. First measure the rope. This should have a length of at least 1.5 meters. To get a nice circle as an area, you should now hit a stake in the ground. Then tie the rope to this stake. Now you can tension the rope and mark the ground at the end of the rope. The peg and the rope are now a kind of compass. It is best to put several markings around the pole. This ensures that the Weidentipi later has a nice shape and is big enough to accommodate several children. For example, you can mark the floor with a colored spray or sand.

Step 2 - Dig trench:

Once you've marked the circle, you can use the spade to dig out a small, circular ditch about 40 centimeters deep. It is important that you leave the entrance for the tepee free and do not dig a ditch there. So the kids can come in and out later without any problem. Lifting the ditch has the advantage that you can dig the branches well into the ground later.

Step 3 - Build basic form:

When you have finished digging, you can cut the sturdy branches. It will take about 10 branches, each with three meters in length. These branches should then be placed at a distance of about 60 centimeters in the trench. In order to find these, you should lean the branches together at the top. Already you can recognize the typical tipi shape. To stabilize the branches, tie them under the top with a rope. Already the basic form of the tepee is ready.

Step 4 - Build Tipi:

Now you need the flexible branches. These are woven into the basic mesh. Loop the thin, flexible branches horizontally between the large, stable branches. Depending on how opaque the teepee should be, different numbers of flexible branches are needed. To build the tipi stably, you should follow the weave pattern. This means that the narrow branch is woven once over the broad branch and once under the broad branch. Similar to weaving a carpet. There should be a maximum of 20 centimeters between the horizontal branches. If you want to make the tipi more opaque, you can move the branches closer together. It is important that you omit the entrance. This should be about 70 centimeters wide, so that children can still go in and out easily.

Step 5 - Close trench:

If you have built the tepee the way you would like, you have to shovel the ditch again. It is important that you press the earth tight, so that the thick branches get a good hold in the ground.Once all the branches are buried and the earth is pressed tight, the willow stick is firmly in the ground and can be embellished.

Step 6 - Embellish Weidentipi:

Now you or your children can beautify the teepee. For example, you can attach several ivy branches to the branches. If the ivy still have roots, you can dig them into the ground. This has the advantage that you can water the ivy and it keeps growing. The teepee is thus opaque and remains green all year round.

Many children also like to hang flags and pennants on the tepee to make it a bit more colorful. How children want to beautify the tepee, is up to the kids themselves. There a no limits to imagination.

Tips to keep the Weidentipi clean for a long time

A wheat dipi looks very nice and lasts many years. It is important that the willow branches are well buried in the ground. So they can quickly take root. And you should also dig the ivy well, so it grows fast. It is also important that you cut the branches every year so that the tipi always keeps its shape and the branches stay healthy for a long time.

In order to keep the Weidentipi long, you must also pour it regularly. In summer, the willow wood needs a lot of water. This is the only way to prevent it from getting rotten. In winter, you only rarely need to supply water to the Weidentipi. The surrounding snow gives off enough water. You can protect the tepee in the winter with a tarpaulin, if you have built it without ivy. The ivy remains green even in winter, so that the tepee shines in a rich, green color all year round.

By the way:

From pasture you can build many more beautiful things for the garden. For example, a live screen (instructions for a living screen from pasture), decorative balls (instructions for balls of vine or willow branches) or trellises (instructions for trellises from willow rods).

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