How to build a kid tent pole from scratch

When you need to build your own kid tent, you probably already know the answer.

We’ll build one of these kid tents using the latest kid-friendly materials.

But you may not know that there are a few things you need help with that will make your DIY tentpole a much more efficient product.

If you’re looking to get a tentpole out of the garage and not waste money, we’ve put together a list of tools you might need to complete this DIY project.


PVC pipe (3/4″ or 1/2″)We can’t wait to get started on the next step of the DIY tent pole project.

This is probably one of the easiest ways to build out your own tent pole and it’s also one of our favorite parts to work on.

You’ll want to buy 3/4″ PVC pipe to make it easy to build.

The longer your PVC pipe is, the more you’ll have to cut and bend to fit your tent pole. 


Wood (1/4-inch or 1-1/2-ft)You’ll need to cut some wood pieces for your PVC pole.

Wood is tough and will take a lot of pressure.

If you need a large piece, we suggest cutting a 5-foot piece to give you a 5 foot pole.


PVC tape (5-inch long)It’s a pain to use.

You’ll want this to hold the PVC pipe in place. 

The longer you put the tape, the longer the tent pole will stay.

We recommend 5/16″ PVC tape, which is the longest we’ve used.4.

Paint (1-gallon bucket or 4-gallons bucket)This will go a long way in keeping your tentpole safe from the elements.

You can use this to waterproof your PVC tent. 


Sandpaper or sandpaper pad (5 or 6 inches)If you plan on building out your tent in the yard, you’ll need a sandpaper or paint pad to seal the PVC pipes and the stakes.

This will also help protect the PVC from the rain and the elements, as well as the elements from your kids.


Sandblaster or sand paper (6 inches)This is the most versatile tool you can use to build up a tent pole, and we’ll show you how to make your own in the next section.


Paint brush (5 inches)You can paint the PVC for a variety of reasons.

For a tent that’s meant for kids, you can paint it to make a tent wall.

If it’s meant to be used as a tent, it can be used to make temporary walls.

If you have a longer tentpole, like a 15-foot or 25-foot tent, the paintbrush can be a good addition.

It’s great for painting in sections that aren’t designed to have a permanent roof.8.

Sanding block (3-inch diameter)For long-lasting tents, a sanding block is great to have on hand to keep the PVC free of debris.

If your tent is going to be in the backyard, you might want to make sure that your sanding blocks don’t damage the ground below.9.

Sand bag or trash bag (5 to 10 pounds)The more sand you use, the less likely you are to have to buy new sand.

You should also have a water container or trash bin nearby to keep sand and water out of your tent.10.

Drywall (3 feet)It’ll be nice to be able to put your tent on a drywall, rather than a hard plastic.

It also will keep the tent dry, which can help with weather.11.

Paint or sanding mask (5 feet)If your tent isn’t meant for camping, you may want to get an air-conditioning unit to help keep the outside air in.

You may also want to add some padding around the poles to help with dampness.12.

Paintbrush or paint pads (5 pounds)To get a nice color, it helps to use paint or sand that has a nice shine to it.

You also want something that will last a long time.

If the paint or the sand isn’t strong enough, you could add some extra padding.13.

Wood glue (1 inch)We like to use a dry mix of 1-inch and 3-inch wood glue.

This can be purchased online or at hardware stores.

We like to mix it into a small amount to create a more durable bond, but it’s best to mix the glue by hand.14.

Sand paper (1 to 3 inches)Once you’ve got the basics covered, you need some sandpaper to apply the glue to your tent poles.


Plastic wrap (2 to 3 feet)This wraps around your tent to protect it from the weather.

It will also protect the