I can’t think of anything better than to bust out a box fort for your toddler when you’re trapped in the house during the cold months. I am not a big DIY person so this will be the easiest DIY box fort you can make for your toddler. 🙂 I would guess if you have a big box, then the rest of the needed items are easily found in your house somewhere!
We have an ice storm headed our way this weekend so I wanted to get some activities planned with Bubby (besides our faithful movie Charlotte’s Web!). I thought a fort would be fun but couldn’t afford one like this, so I started to do some thinking about what we had in the house.
I remembered we had these two huge boxes in our attic that we got from Home Depot when we first moved into our house and they’re just sitting in our attic because we didn’t want to get rid of them. They are of good size and we needed them for the move at the time. Little did I know that I would be using them this weekend to make a box fort for my son! Funny how life works out that way!
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- Scissors or Box Cutters or a good Pocket Knife
- Masking tape
- and your Box or Boxes!
- any other decor you might want to add to make it fancy, but we kept it pretty simple. 🙂
STEP ONE: CREATE YOUR DOOR
We had two boxes and wanted to side them up next to each other so he could crawl through both of them. So we created two front doors first.
- Leave at least three box flaps on the bottom so you can have a base for the fort to help stay stable. We taped them together once we were done.
- Keep it simple! We just folded the top of the box like you would any normal box to make his “roof.”
STEP TWO: This applies if you’re making two entry ways to your box or if you are putting more than one box together and need to create your passage doors.
- Since you want to keep your three flaps for the base, make sure you don’t cut all the way through the bottom when you make your “adjoining” doors or extra entry way. See pictured below how we did it.
STEP THREE: MAKE THE BASE OF OF YOUR FORT
- We put the single flap below the two aligning flaps so the fort had a smooth floor for him to crawl on. See picture below.
STEP FOUR: We added Christmas lights to his little fort. I didn’t want to make the lights a big deal because I knew we would be moving it around the house some, so I just fish lined them through the top middle hole, hung them around the corners inside (used a little tape to help hold them up there too) and then fish lined it back out the top to take to the second box. See picture below. If you want to add pillows or lights, go for it!
This was how I hung them on the inside of the box. I just added a little masking tape over the seam of the box to keep them stable enough, but easy enough to remove if needed!
STEP FIVE: Have fun and start playing!
When I started looking on Pinterest for box forts, I was surprised to find so many that seemed complicated to me or required more tools than I had on hand. The Christmas lights are even done simply and add a nice dim light inside for when he wants to read books. I found some online that punctured a hole all through the roof of the box and stuck them in there one by one. I ain’t got time for that with my toddler running around me! Plus, we wont always use the lights.
I’m not gonna lie, my idea to create this for him this weekend was to “trick” him into not being so sad to see his own little Christmas tree go away. We had his own, small tree set up in his room for the holidays and he just loved it. I figured this fort was a nice transition to say bye bye to the tree. Oh parenting. Don’t even get me started.
There you have it! The easiest DIY Box Fort you can make for your toddler!
What other fun ways have you made a fort with your littles? I would love to hear about it below.