Build a Box Fort or Indoor Cardboard Playhouse for indoor play. Hours of entertainment if it is a rainy day, cold day, or too hot to go outside.
What could be better for cozy indoor play than building a fort with blankets, pillows, and chairs? Building the Ultimate Indoor Box Fort is even better.
Our Cardboard Box Fort is placed next to the dining table which has been covered with sheets to create that super fun indoor fort all children enjoy making.
We draped the sheets as shown above on the table and used two clothespins to create an opening for the children to crawl under the table.
Why Build A Box Fort?
It encourages pretend play!
A box playhouse generates indoor creative play on rainy days, cold winter days or blistering hot days.
Because it is fun! Expect the children to want you to crawl in there with them. By cushioning the floor with blankets and adding a couple of pillows for comfort, your children will want to stay in the personal space for hours!
Ways To Add Lights!
Get out a few strings of your white Christmas lights and put that Duck Tape to use under the dining table. The tape comes back off easily.
Battery Operated Lanterns.
Once you add the lights, the kids will stay under there for hours!
What Goes Inside The Indoor Fort
Books, board games, baby dolls, action figures, coloring books and crayons, Etch-A-Sketch, puzzles, pillows, blankets, bean bag chair, flashlights, snacks, and most anything your child enjoys doing in their quiet time.
Printable Instructions Below
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- One large box (we grabbed this at Home Depot, under $2)
- Duck Tape
- Colorful craft paper
- Decorative Thumb Tacks or Double sided tape
- Decorative Drawer pull set
- Decorative fabric
- Box cutter or sharp knife
- Straight edge such as a yard stick
- Cut the box apart at one side seem so that you can open it out into one big piece.
- Turn the box inside out so the words on now on the inside.
- Cut off 2 of the box top flaps from 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 tape that open side seam together.
- MAKING THE ROOF
- Use the flaps at the other end of the box to make the pitched 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 fold the side flaps up and use the Duck tape as shown to tape them to the pointed piece in the front and back.
- Those 2 flaps you cut from the bottom of the box are used now to close the top of the roof. Lay them out side by side and tape them together as shown in Step 3.
- Now add those 2 flaps you just taped together to the very top of the roof and tape them into place.
- MAKING THE DOORS
- Using a pencil and the straight edge, draw three lines to create a top, bottom and side which will become the door. Leave a couple inches at the bottom of the door uncut to create support for the structure.
- Now cut the door open along your lines using the box cutter.
- Cut a back door which will not be decorated. This is the access point for the children to get under the dining table after they enter the front door. If you will not be placing your Box Playhouse next to the table, do not cut a back door.
- TIME TO DECORATE
- Tape or pin whole sheets of pretty craft paper onto the roof. Overlap or layer to make them fit. You can trim where necessary as well.
- Our front door is covered with fabric which we happened to have on hand. It is attached with tape. You can use decorative craft paper or whatever you have on hand.
- We also had in our stash a decorative knob which was used to create a door handle.
- The sewing room is a wealth of supplies so we raided some Tulle and piping to add trim.
- All Done! Time to play!
Use what you have on hand for decorating the outside of your new Cardboard Box Playhouse.
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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 Box Fort!
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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 her 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.