Make Your Own Mini General Washington Tent CraftApril 7, 2020
General George Washington's War Tent is the crown jewel of the Museum's collection. Created as a mobile field headquarters, the tent served as the marquee or office and sleeping quarters General Washington used as the command center of the Continental Army.
The Museum offers a number of resources that dive deep into the history of Washington's War Tent, including the First Oval Office Project, our online collection, and a behind-the-scenes video of Museum staff setting up our hand-sewn replica tent at George Washington's home, Mount Vernon.
General Washington Tent Craft
- Coloring supplies (markers, crayons, colored pencils)
- PDF print out
- Tape or glue (we prefer tape!)
- Gather your coloring supplies and apply your creativity to Washington’s War Tent.
- Cut along the solid black line of the two walls on both sides of the page.
- Cut out the roof of the tent. Be sure to not cut off the glue tabs.
- Cut along the dotted line on both sides of the tent roof.
- Fold the glue section near the dotted line. Bring that fold underneath to create the rounded part of the roof. Repeat on the opposite side. Using tape or glue, attach those round pieces to the interior of the roof.
- Fold the rest of the glue sections around the tent.
- Now it’s time to attach all the parts. Locate the middle of the roof and one of the walls. Tape the middle glue section to the interior of the wall.
- Attach the smaller glue sections to the inside of the walls. Now you have one side of the tent.
- Repeat on the opposite side.
The Washington tent craft was originally released as part of the Museum's Virtual Spring Break programming, sponsored by PECO, which ran online in April 2020, featuring do-at-home crafts and activities, virtual story time, Artisan Field Trip living history interviews, and live Q&As with Museum staff.