Make: Fort

by Cat on August 16, 2011

by Designing Mom Jackie of Avocado and Papaya:
I just love when the boys are delighted by quicky DIY projects that not only recycle things we have laying around the house, but inspire them to expand their play into creative new arenas. Over the weekend I put together a fort for the boys in all of five minutes (plus a little extra consultation time with my junior architects about location), inspired by G’s (age 6) newfound love of camping (at least the pretend version). Made of string and burlap repurposed from this party, this summer time abode has an instant hit with the littles!
I had two eager builders excited to help with the construction. We borrowed some wickets from our croquet set to ground the sides, and I put G & S to work hammering them in with their mallets. (If you don’t have a croquet set, a simple hammer and thick nails will do the trick). I threw in a blanket and some pillows to make it more comfy and the boys crawled right in. Today it was the perfect spot for a lazy lunch al fresco, followed by some lounging and quality time with their current favorite books (Where the Wild Things Are and Trashy Town).  And, of course, a hard to resist location for a doting mom’s photo shoot! A little burlap can go a long way!

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Mari, Small for Big August 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

Adorable! I wonder if there’d be an easy way to do the same thing with an extra blanket …. Would probably need some prep time to sew on a ouple loops for staking though.


jackie August 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

all of our blankets were a bit too small, but i’m sure if yours was big enough it would work well.


dorainny August 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm

just by chance i happened on to this website and was greeted by two of my favourite little boys!


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