#1 Find a book that inspires you to dream big.
#2 Convert 14 ft plan to 11 ft plan then buy 2 canvas drop cloths at a local hardware store.
#3 Recruit an older son to come and hold a string (preferably with his big toe) attached to a pencil to draw the outline seen in the book.
#4 Recruit husband and another son to make 14 ft poles (explain that making them out of 2x4's is much easier than the original way (Hunt 12 trees that are long and staight, peel them, put them in a place where they will dry straight...wait) so that they will think that spending the hours in the garage cutting and staining is no big deal.
#5 Spend a weekend sewing and hemming canvas and adding handsewn button holes.
#6 Move all furniture out of dining room. Lay plastic. Thin house paint and recuit older son to paint. Continually remind kids NOT to walk through the dining room in hopes of limiting paint tracked through house.
#7 Spend most of day on other pursuits (including washing paint off hard wood floor that seeped through canvas and misplaced plastic) so that tipi is set up as sun sets. Recruit many hands.
#8 Enjoy view of finished project in light from headlights. Not perfect but it' will do for tomorrow's big event.