Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Building a Tipi

A few days ago I wrote a post about creating a more organic playground for our children--one that blends in rather than stands out.  This is one of the inspirational photos I found.

Well, we decided to build it.  First, we went into the forest behind our house and cut down a bunch of saplings of similar height.  We cut off all of the branches, then lashed the top together.  It is too cold to plant vines just yet, but we have a skeleton vegetation tipi!

It looks better in real life . . . oh well.  Since we can't plant the vines just yet, we leaned a bunch of recently trimmed branches on the legs of the tipi.  It makes it feel a little more secluded.  

Giving Dad an after-work tour.

They cut a bunch of the tall grasses from our meadow and made a carpet for the floor.  In the middle, you can see a "fire" for cooking.  Not shown here are all of the mud pies they also made yesterday.
This weekend was the first warm days of the year so it will still be a while before we can plant, but I will be sure to show you this same tipi after it is covered in living vines!


  1. Get me there now!!!

    I need to smell the trees of my youth!!!

  2. Gee Emily, we could just build six more of those and we wouldn't need the house.