Carol Guchek Carol Guchek Build a fort

Step 1: This is the most important step. Make sure you get permission from your parents to build this fort.

Step 2: Clear an area around the couch. Make sure the coffee table, throw rugs, and toys are out of the way. Now round up the materials you'll need. Couch cushions are obviously the first things you'll need, but pillows, sheets, and sleeping bags can be used too. If your family just got a new washer, dryer or refrigerator, then those giant cardboard boxes will be a great addition to your fort as an additional room or to build additional height.

Step 3: Prop sturdy couch cushions near the couch to form the walls of the fort. Use chairs, if necessary, to prop up the cushions. Wall possibilities include turning chairs and couches around, tipping coffee tables sideways, or just piling up cushions. You might want to have a secret back door getaway in case of surprise attacks.

Step 4: Put a smaller pillow on the floor between two upright couch cushions to construct a window to spot your enemies. Make sure to place your window in a strategic spot to allow a good view of the TV.

Step 5: Create a door with the simple drape of a sheet or blanket or you can build a tunnel entrance by tilting cushions together.

Step 6: If you are satisfied with this level of your fort, now you can add the roof. To do this, carefully toss a few sheets over your castle walls and hold the corners down firmly with heavy game boxes, barbells, or an iron. You could also use any leftover cardboard to construct a roof.

Step 7: If you want to expand on the size of your fort to make it taller, you can take one or two of those big cardboard boxes and remove the top and bottom. Open up one end of the box to make one long sheet of cardboard. *Knives and scissors are sharp. Have Mom or Dad help you cut the boxes. Then frame the top of the cushions with the sections of the cardboard box, taping them together if necessary to keep them from falling apart. Then you can add the roof as in Step 6.

Step 8: Now for the interior. Use sleeping bags or blankets to cover the floor so you avoid those nasty carpet burns. Use cushions, blankets, and cardboard boxes to make furniture.

Step 9: You will need rations to get through the day (that means snacks). See if you can make do with a pile of crackers, boxes of dry cereal, and cans of warm soda.

Step 10: Now for the finishing touches. Finally, it's time to add extras like a party noisemaker doorbell and a cardboard periscope.

For instructions on making a periscope, click here:

So now you're done! You've built a tall tower of strength, and you can just crawl in and enjoy defending your cozy new fortress!

Have fun building your fort!

*Knives and scissors are sharp. Have Mom or Dad help you cut the cardboard boxes.

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