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How To Build Your Own Fort

School's out and there's only so much you can do indoors (those Hannah Montana reruns are getting just a little tired). So why not head outside with some friends and build a fort? It's really not as difficult as it sounds, and requires only a few key items.

Build Your Own Fort - Getting Started

The first thing you're going to need is something to use for the fort's walls. Cardboard is generally the most effective material to use, and there's always a lot of it around. If your mom and dad just bought a new fridge, you're good to go. Otherwise, try asking around to see if you can scrounge up some unwanted cardboard (you'll probably find at least a couple of neighbors that will be more than happy to give you some).

Build Your Own Fort - Cut And Dried

You've been working by yourself up to this point, but now it's time to bring a parent or adult into the project. Depending on how big you want the fort to be, you're going to have to measure and cut pieces of cardboard to suit your needs. In total, you're going to need five pieces of big cardboard (four sides and a top) and a heavy-duty pair of scissors to cut through the material. If you're looking for a small fort that'll be big enough to hold you and your dog, you probably won't need pieces more than six or seven feet in both directions. Remember, three pieces need to be the same size (for the top and two sides), while another two must share identical dimensions.

Build Your Own Fort - End Of The Road

Okay, it's time to move things outside (if you're not there already). Before assembling this masterpiece, don't forget to cut out a door and even a window if you'd like. Also, make sure to cut out a small section from the bottom of the door, so you'll be able to open it over the grass. Now you'll need some heavy-duty tape (duct tape or that clear kind they use on tape guns would be best) to attach each section together. Once you're finished that, voila! Instant fort. Feel free to adorn your shiny new fort with drawings, posters, or whatever else you think will make your fort kickin'.

Build Your Own Fort - Taking Things Inside

Of course, sometimes it just isn't possible to build an outdoor fort - maybe you live in an apartment or you've been grounded for eating 12 Twix bars in a row. The indoor fort is much easier than the outdoor fort, and only requires some cushions and a few blankets. Arrange several sturdy cushions in a rectangular shape, hop inside and cover the whole thing up with a blanket. If it's a blanket your parents don't want anymore, go ahead and cut out a small window. Have fun!

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