Bring out your inner child by creating a blanket fort with your family. Gather up all of your blankets, pillows, holiday lights and more in this How to Build The Best Blanket Fort tutorial!
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Fort Building is a Friday Tradition
Something you very likely don’t know about me is that my husband and I build forts all the time. Not for the kids. For ourselves. We have been doing this since we were dating and even used to designate every Friday night for blanket fort building. We don’t have “Fort Friday” every week anymore but it’s still really fun when we do and we have really figured out some tricks to building a fort that is both fun and functional! Here are some tidbits I’ve learned to make an average fort AWESOME!
How to Build The Best Blanket Fort
Building a fort is a unique process. No two forts are alike so embracing that concept is also part of the fun. Here’s a unique way to build the best blanket fort.
1. Be creative with your materials. Use what you’ve got around the house. Bring out the coat rack, use clamps, and duct tape, etc.
2. Use lightweight sheets for the top. The reasons for this are two-fold. The heavier the blankets, the hotter the fort will get, AND the heavier the blankets, the more likely they are to weigh everything down. You do NOT want your awesome fort to cave in. It should be able to last at least through the weekend, right?!
3. Make it comfy. I like to use the aforementioned heavy blankets on the floor of the fort. The more you use, the more like a mattress your floor becomes. I like to use two or three heavy quilts on the bottom and then create a sort of nest with lots of pillows.
4. Face the TV and grab a movie. This is just personal preference, but it’s really fun to have a movie night inside your fort. You can either build your fort right up and around the TV or just create an opening in the general direction of it.]
5. Equip yourself with snacks! Is it just me or do snacks make everything more fun? I like to use Viva Vantage paper towels as a little placemat for everyone to keep their popcorn or cookies or whatever on. It keeps the crumbs at bay and keeps your blankets from getting messy! [You can find coupons for Viva Vantage here!]
Other Materials to Use
Again not all forts are alike so here’s a list of other materials you can use to build your fort.
- Couch or Chair Cushions
- Dining Room Chairs
- Tall table
- Books to weigh down the blankets and sheets
- Sleeping bags
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This is a great activity for everyone in your family unless you have a young baby in the house. Make sure you don’t build one if you have a crawling baby who can pull herself up on everything. It’s just dangerous and you will regret it!
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