Five Minute Fort

My kids love forts, tents, hide-outs – anything they can get in to hide and play. So, while outside the other day, this Five Minute Fort idea came about.

Five MInute Tent

In our backyard, we have a spot between our tree and the “bird hotel” where we used to have a hammock. I thought this would be the perfect spot for a Five Minute Fort.


To make your own Five Minute Fort, you will need:

  • Two “posts” (two trees, a tree and a bird house, two stakes, two poles, etc.)
  • Rope, twine, string (to tie between your “posts”)
  • Two blankets
  • Pillows
  • Clothespins


I searched through the garage and found this yellow rope. I tied one end around the tree and the other end around the “bird hotel” post.



Then, I draped our picnic blanket over the rope.

Five Minute Fort

I added an old quilt on the “floor” of the fort and threw in some outdoor pillows.


To help keep the fort “open” and easy to get in and out of, I used clothespins to clip the bottom of the top blanket to the edge of the blanket that was on the inside.


I did this all around the base of the fort.

Five MInute Fort

Five Minute Fort

The kids LOVED it! The fun in the fort lasted until the sun went down that day. They brought out books to read, board games to play and dolls to play with. I love activities that are easy to set up. It is these kinds of activities that make such an impact on the kids and that they will remember for years to come. “Remember when Mom set up that fort in the backyard and we played in it until the lightning bugs came out?”. It is the simplest things that make kids happy and they seem to make the most memories.

When I took the fort down, the kids asked me if I could make it again some time. It is the Five Minute Fort! It doesn’t take a lot of time or supplies to set up and it keeps the kids happy and entertained for hours. Of course I can do it again! 😉

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Lindsay is mom to Landen and Gabrielle, wife to Matt and blogger at My Creative Ways. She loves to be creative in her day, her home and with her kids. She is obsessed with old wood, rusty treasures and everything in between. Finding frugal and creative ways to decorate her home, create a fabulous craft or activity with her kids is a passion of hers. She is new to the blogging world and is having a lot of fun sharing her projects and ideas. She loves to read comments from readers who have found inspiration from visiting her site. Come by and check out what she is creating today!

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  1. This instant fort brings back so many memories of my childhood. My sister and I used to do this over mom’s clothesline. I love it! Thanks for sharing at the Pretty Pintastic Party!

  2. I love this and my kids want to make it now! Thanks for sharing this on the Wednesday Roundup!