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Our Ultimate Indoor Fort is designed to provide hours of fun on rainy days or throughout the winter.
We all know what it’s like when summer turns into fall and winter isn’t far behind. Children confined to the indoors quickly become bored. For some reason they never buy into the idea of helping us to clean house but they do always look to us to cure their boredom. Follow our easy tutorial and build them the Ultimate Indoor Fort!
One of the key elements to a fun indoor fort is of course blankets and linens. There will be lots of crawling around on the floor! We have indoor pets, dogs and cats and we also have children with sensitive skin which can mean those unpleasant red rashes when they come in contact with allergens. I’ve taken all that into consideration before planning our indoor fort.
We manage all those nasty allergens by using only all® free clear liquid detergent! It’s the #1 detergent recommended by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for Sensitive Skin. It was also awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association for having no dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals, and irritating residues which is important to me since my daughter and one of my grandsons’s suffer with Eczema. Washing my laundry with all® free clear helps remove 99% of the top everyday and seasonal allergens we come in contact with including dander from our precious pets, dust mite matter, and some pollens. Although all® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies, we love that it really helps our family by removing allergens which would otherwise affect our sensitive skin.
A bonus for me as the laundress around here is that my clothes all come out nice and clean with whiter whites and brighter colors too! Did you know that you can also buy all® free clear liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets? Yes, and it was also awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association! How much do you love liquid fabric softener, especially in the winter when we love the feel of softer, static free clothes? I usually buy mine at Sam’s Club but I wanted you to know that it’s on the laundry supplies aisle at the grocery store also.
How To Build The Ultimate Indoor Fort
Supplies We Used
- One large box (we grabbed this at Home Depot, under $2)
- Duck Tape
- Colorful craft paper
- Upholstery tacks or Thumb Tacks
- Drawer pull set
- Decorative fabric
- Box Cutter or Sharp knife
We are going to turn the box inside out because we want the words on the inside. Cut all the way down one side seam to open the box up as shown in pic above.
Now refold the box with the words on the inside.
Cut off 2 of the box top flaps from what will be the bottom of the box and set them aside. These will form the roof eve.
Tape the remaining two flaps together, these will form the floor. We didn’t remove these also because they help maintain the integrity of the structure.
Now close that last side up and tape the seam as shown.
Next we are going to make the roof
Using a straight edge like a yard stick, draw an angle as shown in Step 1. Cut along the lines to remove the excess.
Now tape the pieces together as seen in Step 2 and you almost have a nice roof with a pretty pitch.
Remember those two flaps you cut from the bottom and set aside? Tape them together as shown in Step 3.
Place your flaps on the top of the box and you have a roof! You’ll want to tape those down also.
Now, let’s make the doors!
Using a pencil and a straight edge, like the yard stick, draw three lines to form a door. Leave a threshold at the bottom for supporting the integrity of the structure. Cut along your lines and now you have a door! We made a back door also and you’ll see why as you continue.
Time to decorate!
We used craft paper and thumb tacks to make the roof shingles. We had some tulle in our fabric stash and what little girl doesn’t love tulle? We used it to hide the edges of the roof. Now our fort looks like a fairy princess cottage, doesn’t it? You can easily adapt our ideas to create a boys design, use your imagination. A fire station would be fun!
Our front door is decorated with pretty craft paper also. The very bottom piece has been folded over to create a pocket mailbox which we have stuffed with paper dogwoods and faux lavender.
The decor around the outside of the front is a cream colored rose fabric trim from our sewing stash.
Take a closer look at our mailbox stuffed with pretty flowers and the door handle which is actually a drawer pull which has been screwed into place.
Now let’s make this awesome indoor fort into the ultimate indoor fort!
Drape sheets over the dining table to create a little hiding place. We used clothespins to create an opening. We sat our newly crafted indoor fort with the back door flush with the table opening!
Spread some soft blankets and pillows under there. You may want to provide the children with flashlights, they’ll love that! Imagine if they fall asleep while playing?
Now that you know How To Build The Ultimate Indoor Fort, go out and buy some all® free clear detergent and make plans to surprise your kids with their indoor boredom buster! Want even more ideas for all® free clear uses? Head over here now.
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Welcome contributor Tiffany Todd! Tiffany is a graduate of Georgia College & State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She and husband Andy live outside of Atlanta and are the proud parents of two cats. Tiffany’s hobbies include bird watching, camping and hiking. She is a talented DIYer, photographer, cook and home decorator. We are very excited to have Tiffany joins us on our blogging journey and look forward to sharing more of her creative projects.
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