I still bear the marks on my leg from one of my childhood forts…
I had a huge box at my disposal. I don’t remember what was in it; I was about 9 or 10…I didn’t care what was in it, I had a huge box I could play with!
But…in typical DIY fashion I decided to split the box into “rooms” using a steak knife I’d managed to procure from the kitchen.
One slip as I was sawing away and the knife was plunged about an inch into my leg.
Thankfully, my mom wasn’t the squeamish type…she slapped a bandage on it, then ordered me not to play with knives, lol.
It doesn’t matter what generation you’re talking about, all kids love to make forts.
There’s just something about a space that’s all your own as a kid, where you can hide, play games, read books, and explore the cosmos…
Want to make (or help your kids make) their own special place?
Check out these creative kids’ forts to get the creative juices flowing!
1. The Teepee
Handmade Home blogger Ashley managed to bust her fabric stash on this clever teepee design using eight foot long 1 x 2s tied together at the top with jute, which makes it easy to move when needed.
Bonus? It’s a no-sew project!
2. Simple Bed Sheet Tent
Can’t get any easier than a bedsheet strung over a line that’s hung between a couple of trees. Five minutes or less and you’ve got an instant fun and easy hideaway!
3. Backyard Lean-To
Take a cue from backpackers and survivalists, use mother nature’s materials to make a kids backyard fort.
4. Indoor Air Fort
Talk about fun, cooling and creative all in one. Check out the easy tutorial for creating a clever air fort using a window box fan, some duct tape and a large bedsheet.
5. Under the Table Fort
If you’re handy with the sewing machine, here’s a creative take on the old “sheet over a table” fort/playhouse. Definitely something every kid would love…you get to hide, but still keep an eye on what mom and dad are up to!
Which one(s) will you make with your kids? You can share your favorite play area on our Facebook page, we would love to hear from you.
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