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9 DIY Dog Teepees You Can Build at Home Today (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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There are many DIY projects that you can do to make your dog’s life more enjoyable, from DIY dog sweaters to elevated dog bed frames. DIY dog teepees are fun to build and are a fraction of the cost of a store-bought dog teepee. If you’ve got the supplies and want to give your dog a luxurious teepee bed, here are a few of our favorite DIY plans that teach you how to build a dog teepee at home:

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Top 9 DIY Dog Teepee Plans

1. DIY Dog Tent – Woodshop Diaries

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Image Credit: Woodshopdiaries

If you’re looking for an easy and fun sewing project, this DIY Dog Tent teepee pattern is the perfect project to do. This pattern is especially neat because of the stripes in the fabric line up for a more finished look. It’s also a must-have for doggy photoshoots.

Skill Level: Easy/Moderate

  • 2 yards of tent teepee fabric
  • 1 yard of pillow fabric (optional)
  • Thin pillow or bedding
  • (4) ¾″ dowel rods (32″ length)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Thread
  • Pins

2. No-Sew DIY Teepee – Coffee with Summer

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Image Credit: Coffeewithsummer

This simple no-sew teepee is an easy and quick tutorial. You can use any fabric you like for different styles and looks, and it’s the perfect hideout for your companion. The best part is that it takes less than an hour to assemble.

Skill Level: Easy

  • (5) wooden dowels (36” was used for this project)
  • Twine
  • Drop cloth/fabric
  • Blanket/pet bed/pillow
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and hot glue
  • Power drill

3. Quick and Easy DIY Dog Teepee – Sarah Scoop

DIY dog teepees
Image Credit: Sarahscoop

With some painter’s canvas and a hot glue gun, you can make a great no-sew pet teepee in under sixty minutes. This pattern shows you how to make a dog teepee and hang a chalkboard sign with your pet’s name on it. You can also decorate the fabric beforehand for a more personalized look.

Skill Level: Easy

  • (4) 48″ wooden dowels
  • 6” x 9” painter’s canvas
  • Twine or rope
  • Hanging chalkboard and chalk
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun (and glue)

4. Ombre Dog Teepee – Be Makeful

If you’re looking for a more challenging teepee DIY project, this Dog Teepee project is a homemade teepee that you can dye into an ombre style for a modern look. It’s not too difficult, but it requires a few more materials than most DIY projects. Thankfully, this one is a no-sew teepee.

Skill Level: Intermediate

  • 3 yards of canvas fabric
  • Liquid fabric dye
  • 1 cup hot water
  • (4) 48” dowel rods
  • Fabric adhesive or hot glue
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 3 yards twine
  • Mixing utensil
  • (3) large containers
  • Mixing pot

5. How to Make a DIY Pet Teepee – American Lifestyle Magazine

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Image Credit: Americanlifestylemag

Let your dog live a life of luxury with this American Lifestyle Magazine Teepee pattern. It’s simple to make and looks great in any room of your home. Your dog will also love this teepee and it makes a great pet Christmas gift, too.

Skill Level: Easy

  • 2 yards of canvas fabric
  • (4) 48” wooden dowels
  • 3 yards of rope
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Scissors

6. DIY Teepee No Sew Tutorial – Home Stories A to Z

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Image Credit; Homestoriesatoz

This quick and easy DIY Teepee pattern uses PVC pipes instead of dowel rods for a different structure. It’s a great option if you can’t find any dowel rods or other types of teepee supports. This teepee is also a no-sew project, so you don’t need to bring out the sewing machine.

Skill Level: Easy

  • 6 yards of fabric
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • (4) 1″x 6′ PVC pipe
  • Nylon rope
  • Drill and bits
  • Binder clips
  • Hot glue gun and glue

7. Pet Teepee House – Instructables

DIY dog teepees
Image Credit: Instructables

This is a neat Pet Teepee House that requires a sewing machine, but it has a pet pillow pattern as well as a teepee pattern. This teepee is a great pet bed and can be decorated with lights and ribbons for a more customized look. While it’s not the easiest DIY teepee, it’s a great pattern to try.

Skill Level: Intermediate

  • Fabric
  • (4) sticks or poles or dowels (roughly 60 cm)
  • Twine rope
  • Ribbon
  • Filling for pillow
  • Battery-powered LED string lights
  • Sewing machine

8. How to Make your Own Pet Teepee – Pet Central

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Image Credit: Bechewy

If you want a more durable teepee in case you have an energetic puppy, this DIY Pet Teepee uses anti-skid pads to keep it from sliding around. This pattern is a no-sew DIY tutorial, with only a few extra materials required.

Skill Level: Easy-Intermediate

  • (5) 48” dowels
  • Rope
  • Painter’s canvas/sheet or a piece of fabric
  • Markers, construction paper, ribbons (for decoration)
  • Anti-skid rubber protection pads (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Clothespin
  • Sandpaper
  • Electric drill

9. How to Make a Teepee – Julie Blanner

DIY dog teepee
Image Credit: Thehandmadehome

This DIY teepee may be geared more towards humans, but it’s such a good design that it had to go on our list. It’s relatively easy to make and it’s a great snuggle spot for both you and your dog. Grab a book and enjoy some doggy cuddles with this DIY no-sew teepee.

Skill Level: Easy-Intermediate

  • (4) 1¾” x 6′ wooden dowels
  • ⅜″ sisal rope
  • 6’ × 9′ canvas drop cloth
  • (3) screws
  • (3) washers
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Drill



A dog teepee is a fun and exciting alternative to a traditional dog house or bed. Hopefully, you found one here that fits your aesthetic and meets the needs of your pup. Be sure you have all of your materials before diving into one of these incredible plans. Happy crafting!

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