Do you remember making forts when you were a kid? It’s such a simple activity and it can bring hours (or days!) of fun. With just a blanket or box or sheet, a fort can transform any old corner of your house into a magical hideaway – perfect for reading, drawing, playing games, or whatever your child desires. Growing up, your forts were probably the standard sheet + chair structure, which is an excellent basic design, but these days Pinterest has taken the concept to a whole new level (as it does with everything!). We’ve been seeing some amazing ideas and today we’re excited to share with you our favorite blanket forts & no sew teepees for endless indoor fun.
Here are some helpful supplies:
- Blankets and Sheets – Find some old sheets and blankets that you don’t use often. Large sheets are the very best material and you can find oodles at thrift stores, so consider picking up extras that are meant just for forts.
- Fasteners – Clothes pins, rubber bands, safety pins and paper clips can all be helpful for holding the fabric in place.
- Tall Chairs – Any furniture that you can move easy will work, but tall pieces make the fort more functional (meaning your child can actually sit up in them!).
- Broomstick – Unless you have some random, long dowels around your house, a broomsticks are the easiest way to keep your fort from drooping in the middle.
- Lights – Make the space extra magical with twinkle lights, flashlights or, better yet, a Cloud b light! You can re-create constellations, underwater effects and even the Northern Lights with our sight products! Fun lighting makes it feel like you’re somewhere new and mysterious – adding extra layers to the fun.
- Giant Boxes – If you have a large box, you pretty much have an insta-fort!
Here’s some inspiration:
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And, if you like the idea of a teepee, we found a great tutorial on how to build one of those, too!
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Ultimately, you can put it all together however you want! Forts and teepees are all about imagination!
Do you have any tips to share? Or maybe memories from when you were a kid? Share them in the comments!