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Week 23 {tiny paintings project}

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This Week: POP-UP TENT


This little tent is great for Father's Day. It folds up into a tent-kit in a card.

Make this with your kids (there are a few tricky steps) then they can draw a nice landscape on the background. The welcome mat opens up! So leave a message under the mat.

Or, keep going and make the whole camp!



Or get the artwork in the "artwork downloads" column to the right. Print it out on 4" x 6" photo paper, and make sure the print size is 100%. You might need to save the file and print using a photo application.

This art is only for your personal use, and may not be reproduced.  And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.

Ready? There are 28 steps; my biggest project yet! Parents: watch out for those wire cutters, and tiny parts.


FIG. 1 Supplies: Pencil, ruler, detail scissors, tape (I used masking, but you could use transparent), two pieces construction paper (9” x 12”), glue stick, five bamboo skewers, and wire cutters (parents, you could also cut skewers with plant clippers or a sharp knife on a cutting board).

FIG. 2 Cut the tent-colored paper into two 6” x 7” pieces.

FIG. 3 Fold one piece of paper into thirds (across the short side), crease, open up.

FIG. 4 Fold the two side flaps in half again.

FIG. 5 Open the left flap. Fold the corners down (like you are dog-earing a book page). Notice you are folding two layers of paper on one side, and only one layer of paper on the other side.

FIG. 6 Close the left flap, and fold the right flap open, on top of the left flap. Fold the corners down.

FIG. 7 Close the right flap. Fold down the top and bottom points, crease, then open again.

FIG. 8 Open the box from the center flaps.

FIG. 9 Reverse the direction of the folds in the box corners and crease sharply. Congratulations you made a French Baker’s Box! Or, in this case, a tent base.

FIG. 10 Fold the remaining 6” x 7” piece of paper in half vertically, and then in half vertically again. Draw  horizontal lines 1 ½” from the top and bottom. The center should measure 4”.

FIG. 11 Draw diagonal lines between the folds to make two points on the top and bottom. Cut out the points. Save the big triangles for your flag base.

FIG. 12 Mark four skewers at 3 ½”


FIG. 14 Lay two skewer pieces at the edge of a piece of tape. Leave a little space between them.

FIG. 15 Roll the tape around the skewers to make a hinge.

FIG. 16 Lay the hinged skewers just inside the lines on the tent. Tape down one side.

FIG. 17 Fold the tent at a right angle, and then tape down the other side. If you try to tape both sides flat, the paper will rip when you fold it.

FIG. 18 Fold back a tiny flap on each side of the tent opening. Put a piece of tape on the inside, and tape the sides together.

FIG. 19 Put the tent on the base.

FIG. 20 Cut your flagpole skewer to 5”.

FIG. 21 Fold the two big triangles, that you saved, in half, and glue them shut.

FIG. 22 Fold the triangles in half again and place them on either side of the flagpole. Attach with one piece of tape underneath and one on top.

FIG. 23 Open the stand and make adjustments so the flagpole stands up straight.

FIG. 24 Cut out the flags. Fold them in half, glue.

FIG. 25 Pinch the flags tightly onto the flagpole. Let dry.

FIG. 26 Glue the welcome mat onto a slightly a bigger card. You may have to tape two scraps together.

Fig. 27 Set up camp.

Fig. 28 Fold the pieces up. The tent top will need to be folded in half again. Fold the remaining piece of construction paper in half to make a card. Secure the tent pieces  to the card with strips of paper. You might want to draw a landscape on the top of the card.


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