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Make a DIY Pillow Fort {With Free Printables!}

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It’s the perfect rainy day activity! Learn how to make a DIY pillow fort, with free printables!

On a relaxing rainy afternoon, it can be the perfect time for you to enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee — but if your kiddos are feeling the cabin fever, it can be a struggle to reign in their restless energy.

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On a stormy or cold evening, building a pillow fort can be a great activity for everyone. It can become a cozy princess’s castle, or an impenetrable fortress. The versatility of pillow forts is what makes them so fun. Plus, they’re all the fun of going on an adventure outdoors without ever leaving your home.

To help prepare for that rainy day ahead of time, Sleep Advisor created this printable pillow fort kit that includes instructions to make sure your fort is sound, and signs to decorate your fort however you see fit. Plus, there’s even a gift tag included turns your read-made pillow fort into the ultimate slumber party gift!

Get your DIY pillow for kit ready for your next cold night in or awesome slumber party.

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Pillow Fort Supplies:

  • 1–3 Sheets
  • 5+ cushions
  • 1 Rope
  • 5 Clothespins
  • 1–2 Blankets
  • At least 2 supports (sturdy chairs, couch, or bed)

How to Build a Pillow Fort

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Once you have what you need on hand, it’s time to start building. It may take some time to find the best way to build your ultimate blanket fort, but trial and error is all a part of the fun!

  1. Choose a Location

You’ll want enough space to make the structure big enough for everyone who plans on getting inside. Don’t forget other factors like entertainment. If you plan on watching a movie, you may want to set up camp not far from a T.V. Another thing to consider is ventilation. It can get warm very quickly inside your construction, so make sure you have a fan or window nearby to let heat out.

  1. Set Up Sturdy Furniture

Couches and chairs make great starting pieces. There are two ways to use furniture for your fortress. You can either set two chairs opposite each other, no wider than the sheet you plan to use, or set up near a couch. If you have several pieces of furniture, try to set up them up in a circle.

  1. Construct Your Roof

It’s best to use your lightest sheet or blanket for the roof so it can support its own weight. If you’re using two chairs, you may want to tie a rope between them, and drape the sheet over it. This will ensure that the sheet does not sag in the middle, and gives the roof the appearance of a tent. If your blanket or sheet tends to slip, use clothespins to secure it to the chairs.

  1. Build the Walls

Right now, your structure likely has a number of holes and openings. Use additional sheets, blankets, or couch cushions to fill in these gaps. While pillows are easier to place, you may want to use sheets or blankets for these steps, since they can cover a larger surface area.

  1. Fill With Pillows

The ultimate pillow fort looks imposing from the outside, but is a comfortable retreat inside. Use your remaining pillows and blankets to make the floor of your hideout soft. Try setting the pillows up strategically so you have somewhere to sit and lean.

  1. Decorate

Now that you’ve built a great blanket fort, it’s time to take it to the next level and let your child make it their own. There are tons of ways to decorate your masterpiece, only limited by your imagination. Keep reading for some decorating ideas:

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A blanket fort is a great way for your child to express themselves and explore their individuality. This space will be their own, so encourage them to decorate it as they see fit.

For the inside, add cute or decorative cushions in a nice arrangement, or hang some lights from the chair’s rope. You can also bring stuffed animals or other toys or games into the soft sanctuary to keep your kids busy for hours.

To let everyone know who the construction belongs to, try printing out some cute signs with your child’s name. Or, give the fort a name and display it for all to see.

You could have your child cut out signs or print them out from our kit. You can turn any extra scraps of fabric into cool banners and flags, while ribbons make lovely interior decor.

How to Make A Pillow Fort Kit

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With just a little preparation, you can put together a kit that makes creating a cozy castle easy for any occasion. From rainy days to birthday parties, every kid enjoys building something that is their own. Plus, this makes a great gift that goes the extra mile — without breaking the bank.

You’ll just need a bag to place the items in and a few additional essential supplies. Provide a sheet, rope, and clothespins. You or the receiver of the pre-made kit can use their own pillows and furniture when they decide to break it out.

For an extra nice touch, print out a sign with your child’s name, or the name of the recipient, and include it for decor in the kit. The only other thing your kit needs is a gift tag and simple instructions. We provided these for you below.

Just click download below to access the gift tags, instructions, and decor you need to build the ultimate pillow fort.

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Thanks so much for reading all about how to Make a DIY Pillow Fort {With Free Printables!}. Have a great day!

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