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11 Awesome DIY forts you can create for your kids

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

Remember the fun of building a fort as a kid? Ditch all the tech toys for a day and do some fort-building with your kids. Not only will it help them build their imagination and creativity, but it's something you'll all have a ton of fun doing together.

We've rounded up some of the most awesome DIY forts on the internet. Pick your favorite and get to building!

1. Tablecloth fort

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

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It's going to take a while to create this fabulous tent that folds out over your table, but once it's made you can just fold it up and pack it away for the next rainy day.

2. Cardboard city

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

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Do you have a ton of cardboard lying around your house? If so, we can help you put it to good use.

3. Duvet cover fort

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

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If you have a duvet cover and a box fan, you can make this happen. Once it's inflated, your whole family can hang out inside.

4. Air tunnel fort

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

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Even if you don't have a duvet cover, you can still enjoy a wind-filled fort. Just tape a sheet to the floor and position a fan at one end.

5. Lighted tunnel

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

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A cool fort is so much cooler when they can actually see inside there. Add some lights and create a fun reading spot.

6. Cardboard castle

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

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Turn a giant box into a magical castle — drawbridge included.

7. Whole room fort

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

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Why build a small fort no one can fit in? Give yourself some room to move by turning an entire room into a fort.

8. Collapsible cardboard house

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

The only thing better than an awesome fort is an awesome fort you only have to build once.

9. Tent fort

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

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This fort is great for so many reasons. It's quick to assemble, it can be as tall as you want it to be and you won't topple the whole thing over if you accidentally bump the roof.

10. Hallway house

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

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This looks complicated — but it's really not. Just throw up a couple of tension rods in the hallway and toss a blanket over them. Ready for play!

11. Hanging fort

Build a fun fort out of almost anything with these tutorials

This hanging fort is so pretty, you may not mind leaving it up all the time.

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