This mum created her daughter's dream Disney tepee from Poundland tote bags

Disney magic on a Poundland budget

Every kid loves an indoor tepee, but they don’t come cheap. However, one crafty mum managed to whip up her daughter’s dream DIY tepee on a budget.

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Melanie Lord from Lowestoft, Suffolk came up with the genius idea of building a tepee out of Poundland tote bags.

‘My little girl loves Disney, and loves reading books,’ Melanie explains. ‘She always loved going into tents and tepees at playgroup. I had looked into buying a Disney tepee for her birthday, but you were limited to only one character or film, and that’s not mentioning the £30 or £40 price tag.’

bedroom with pink walls and heart shaped cushion barbie doll

(Image credit: Melanie Lord/Latest Deals)

So Melanie decided to take matters into her own hands and make a DIY tepee. ‘I saw that Poundland had released new Disney tote bags, and I’d previously used them for canvases and pillows,’ explains Melanie.

The mum brought seven Disney tote bags from Poundland for the project for £7. She then opened up six of the tote bags and stitched them together in a row two bags high.

With three dowels she made a tripod and tied them together at the top. You can either buy these new from amazon or use old broom handles.

square shaped tiles with cartoon pictures on disney tote bags

(Image credit: Melanie Lord/ Latest Deals)

‘I cut the handle of the bag in half to use to attach it to the wooden dowels. I used six tote bags to go around the dowels and one at the top,’ says Melanie.

She added the bags around the tepee and used the handles of the bags to attach to the dowels. The seventh tote bag she cut at the bottom and placed over the top of the tepee and hand-stitched it to the rest of the tepee.

‘To neaten up any overhang from the bags, I used a staple gun from Poundland to attach it to the dowels to keep it secure,’ says Melanie. ‘The best thing is it is easily transported from place to place as the dowels can be gathered together due to the tripod layout.’

bedroom with multicolor wall cushions toys and cartoon pictures

(Image credit: Melanie Lord/ Latest Deals)

Melanie added the finished tepee to her daughter Disney bedroom, furnishing it with a blanket and cushions.

‘Jessica loves her tepee especially as I added battery-powered lights to it,’ adds Melanie. ‘She reads her books and snuggles her teddies in there. It’s wonderful to see my little girl play with something I have lovingly created for her.’

cartoon printed cushions with pink walls and white pink cabinet

(Image credit: Melanie Lord/ Latest Deals)

Tom Church, co-founder of, says: 'Melanie’s creation is so inventive and fun, and just shows that with a bit of imagination, you can save tons on normal high street prices by crafting things yourself.'

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Will you be treating your little one to this thrifty DIY tepee Poundland hack?

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.