Transform a Pop-Up Play Tent Into a Haunted Playhouse

Give your kid's pop-up play tent a monster makeover just in time for Halloween.

Tent Hero

Photo by: Kimberly Davis

Kimberly Davis

Pop up some monster fun this Halloween with this DIY haunted tent playhouse. Not only is this monster tent the perfect way to help your kids enjoy the mild fall weather, but you’re sure to enjoy making it just as much as they enjoy playing in it. Follow our steps to a T or branch out and create a custom creepy creation all your own.

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Transform a play tent into a spooky playhouse for your little monsters.

Materials Needed

  • pop-up play tent
  • purple craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • scrap cardboard
  • marker
  • scissors
  • pink craft paint
  • stiffened white felt
  • hot glue gun + sticks
  • hook-and-loop tape
  • faux fur
  • (2) large googly eyes

Paint Tent

To make the construction of your monster tent much easier, set the tent up beforehand (Image 1). Once complete, coat the entire exterior of the tent with purple craft paint and let dry (Image 2). The end goal is to have an even purple surface, which may take multiple coats to achieve.

Create Monster Lips

On a large piece of cardboard, draw an upper lip shape large enough to fit exactly around the top of the play tent’s entrance, then cut out using scissors (Image 1). Evenly coat the cardboard lips with pink craft paint and set aside to dry (Image 2).

Create Monster Teeth

On a piece of stiffened white craft felt, draw a set of monster teeth. Cut out the teeth and hot glue to the backside of the lips (Images 1 & 2). Position them to hang over the tent’s opening once attached, trimming the teeth if necessary.

Make Monster Hair

For some ferociously fuzzy monster hair, measure and cut a piece of faux fur to cover the top portion of the tent’s front. The easiest way to accurately do this is to eyeball it and trim off any excess.

Step 5: Trim soft fur material to fit the top of your tent.

Photo by: Kimberly Davis

Kimberly Davis

Attach Mouth, Eyes and Hair

Use hook-and-loop tape to attach the lips, eyes and hair (Images 1-3). This allows for easy removal and storage (Image 4). Rather than separating the two sides of the hook-and-loop tape, cut it to size and stick it to the tent first. Once complete, peel off each individual piece’s paper backing and stick on the facial features one by one. To ensure a tight fit, reach one hand into the tent to press from the other side.

Final Steps

Once your monster tent is complete, position it in front of your house with some spooky jack-o'-lanterns for tiny trick-or-treaters to enter at their own risk, or simply pop it up in the backyard for haunted hideout fun that will last until the very last leaf has fallen.

Tent Hero

Photo by: Kimberly Davis

Kimberly Davis

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