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Keep the Bugs Away with a Simple Mosquito Net Tent

Recycle sheer curtains for a mosquito-free outdoor hide-away.

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Participant Age: 7 to 12, Under 7
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: 1 to 60 minutes
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Physical Challenge:
  • Binder clips, very large size, 10-12
  • Duct tape (if you need to make the hoop from a tent pole)
  • Hoop, such as a hula hoop or taped plastic tent pole
  • Rope
  • Rubber mallet or hammer for pounding in tent pegs
  • Sewing-Machine
  • Sheer curtains - the larger, the better
  • Tent pegs - 4-5
Create a hoop shape

Either use a hula hoop, or take a flexible pole such as a tent pole and tape it into a circle with duct tape.


Sew the curtains together so they are a large tube

We found our curtains at a yard sale for $2. It is a common item at yard sales and secondhand stores.

Leave 2-3 feet of one side seam open to act as a door.

Take the hoop and put it inside the curtains.

Use binder clips to hold the hoop in place.


Weave the rope through the binder clips and bring them to a central point at the top

It may take some experimentation to make the hooped tent to hang straight.


Find a branch or overhang where you can hang your tent

It could be under a tall deck for example.


Put more binder clips on your tent pegs

Pound the tent pegs into the ground around the base of your tent.


Put a chair inside your tent and enjoy an afternoon of breezy, insect-free reading

For smaller children, you could put a towel, blanket or table cloth on the ground and they have a tent where they can play.


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