fort building 101 • A Subtle Revelry

fort building 101

The evening sun in the dessert is both brutal and beautiful. We’ve been taking advantage of its warmth this season with late walks, extended bedtimes and fort building.

One of my parenting goals is to teach my kids to celebrate, not just the big momentous occasions, but even a randomly beautiful Tuesday night in July. Constructing simple summer forts together is a really great way to create these everyday summer memories.

It is easiest to build the fort structure at home and fold it up for evening adventures. Or set up camp in your backyard! This fort is made using sheer tabbed curtains and large wooden dowels, you can find them in craft sections everywhere. To make the fort; first connect the dowels together tee-pee style with thick craft twine.

Thread the curtains onto a skinny dowel and attach with twine the standing fort structure. From here you can fold up and travel easily. Hanging a simple fixture and laying a bright blanket down will give you a bit of summer glamping style. Enjoy the late evening sun and the memories of celebrating this season together.


  1. Emma

    10 July

    Beautiful photos! Me and my sister used to spend hours building forts, although living in rainy England meant most of them were inside!

  2. Love this! I’ve been wanting to get my little boy a teepee, but I think this might be a better idea :)

    • Victoria

      10 July

      Chandra, YES! Tee-pees are fun but the fort gives them a little more room to squish around. Plus if you can make it yourself, you can make it just his style:)

  3. what a lovely idea, I’ll have to do it inside as i doubt my apartment building will allow this on the roof. But inside forts can be fun too :)

  4. Corrie Anne

    10 July

    Fort building is a crucial life skill!! :)

  5. Laurie

    10 July

    Fun & Fashionable — love it!

  6. Can’t wait until my baby girl is old enough to enjoy forts! Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas!

  7. Monica

    10 July

    This is so beautiful Victoria!

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  10. Beatrice

    25 July

    I remember those good old days when my sister and I are building forts. Now, I have two kids and will encourage them to play building forts. Thanks for such pretty pictures and ideas! :)

  11. how2home

    27 July

    This is so adorable! Love it! Definitely book marking this as a future reference when we have kids.

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