In which we build a hexayurt

Between seeing The Book of Mormon this weekend (amazingly funny!) and attending two BBQs – one with my dental co-residents and one with my Junior League women – we also built a hexayurt in our living room. It’s less than three weeks before we leave for Burning Man and we are running. out. of. time!

We followed the advice and detailed directions found here – with a big thanks to all the inventors and sharers of plans. There are several different types and sizes you can build:

We decided to go with the six foot stretch yurt - more room than the little tiny one, but smaller than one of the monster yurts (and thus easier to pack).

We decided to go with the six foot stretch yurt – more room than the little tiny one, but smaller than one of the monster yurts (and thus easier to pack).

Our first stop was to Home Depot to buy the insulation material for construction. Jeff had ordered the special six inch tape a while back for us.

Our first stop was to Home Depot to buy the insulation material for construction. Jeff had ordered the special six inch tape a while back for us.

Step 1: Clear your living room and organize your boards. We used 7 total with a little bit left over.

Step 1: Clear your living room and organize your boards. We used 7 total with a little bit left over.

Step 2: Draw out your cut lines.

Step 2: Draw out your cut lines.

Step three: Cut. A lot. Get lots of styrofoam pieces everywhere.

Step 3: Cut. A lot. Get lots of styrofoam pieces everywhere.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all the boards.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all the boards.

Step 4: Assemble the base. Try to remember your high school geometry and get the angles correct.

Step 4: Assemble the base. Try to remember your high school geometry and get the angles correct.

Step 5: Assemble the roof

Step 5: Assemble the roof

Fully assembled!

Fully assembled!

Step 6: Celebrate! We have a hexayurt to keep us relatively cool in the desert and shelter from the dust and wind!

Step 6: Celebrate! We have a hexayurt to keep us relatively cool in the desert and shelter from the dust and wind!

Bonus points: We saw this amazing video and engineered ours to also fold into a compact design. It’s now all one piece  that we just have to pop out and tape a few sides when we arrive:

Folded down hexayurt.

Folded down, one piece hexayurt.

The Man burns in 26 days!

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