This year, for my niece and nephew’s birthdays, I decided to give them a joint gift. Because I know you’re thinking, “What kind of kid wants a joint gift?,” allow me to explain. My mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, and I all have birthdays in January-April. And since I was going to be visiting my brother’s family over spring break, I decided I’d hit all the birthdays at once. And then I found this idea for a fort-making kit (My niece Cadence prefers to call it a fortress.) on Pinterest via momsbyheart.net. And I thought, “How cool would that be to make for both of them?”
The momsbyheart post says that she puts hers together for $13. Mine cost around $23, but you could make it work for less. I’ll break down the numbers later. Here’s what you’ll need:
Two twin-size flat sheets (You can buy a flat sheet separately at Wal-mart for $5)
Flashlight (I bought one for each of them)
Glowsticks (I bought four 2-packs)
Rope or cord
Suction cups with hooks (I didn’t actually include these because they wouldn’t be helpful in their living room.)
Container of your choice (I picked a plastic container that matches the kind my sister-in-law already uses for the kids’ toys.)
The Wal-mart sheets came in small bags, which I used to store the clothespins and clamps. By the way, the clamps are especially useful for attaching the sheets to the back of a dinner chair and I got six for a dollar at Dollar Tree. In fact, besides to sheets, everything for this project are Dollar Tree purchases.
A and C helping me put together their very own fort.
We’re ready to watch Rio! (Which by the way, was really good.)
Note: We didn’t actually use the rope for this fort but my sister-in-law had the clever idea of stringing it between two chairs and throwing the sheet over it tent-style.
Okay so here’s how it broke down:
2 sheets at $5 each: $10
2 flashlights at $1 each: $2
4 pks of glowsticks at $1 each: $4
1 bunch/coil/whatever of rope: $1
1 pack of clothepins: $1
1 pack of clamps: $1
1 pack of suction cups: $1 (I didn’t get these, but I know Dollar Tree has them.)
Plastic container (Wal-mart would like me to remind you not to forget the lid.): ~$4
TOTAL (w/o suction cups): ~$23