DIY Fort Kit

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I originally shared this idea over on Or So She Says a while ago.  Just in case you missed it, I wanted to share it here as well.  Do you need an affordable, creative, and fun idea that will keep the kids busy for hours?  I have the perfect thing for you!  Today we are making a DIY fort kit using PVC pipe.  I’ve done a few PVC projects and they are always lots of fun, but my favorite part is that PVC is cheap!


All the supplies you need to make your fort kit is 1/2 inch PVC pipe, pipe connectors, a pipe cutter (the metal sturdy one is best!), duct tape, clamps, blankets (or drop cloths), and a box to store everything in.


Now we are ready to cut some pipe.  Cutting pipe with a pipe cutter makes it very easy.  The pipe cutter is very much worth its cost!  We chose 6 different lengths to cut pipe:  4 inches, 6 inches, 9 inches, 12 inches, 24 inches, and 36 inches.  If you get the PVC that is 10 feet long, you should be able to get all these fort pieces with 10 pieces of pipe.  We also got a variety of connector pieces.  Once the pieces are cut, assign a color to each length.  Color coding the length like this makes it so much easier when you need the same size pipe – just get the same color!


Fort Kit Contents:

  • 12 – 4 inch pieces
  • 12 – 6 inch pieces
  • 12 – 9 inch pieces
  • 12 – 12 inch pieces
  • 12 – 24 inch pieces
  • 12 – 36 inch pieces
  • connector pieces (lots!)
  • clamps
  • drop cloths

Now you are ready to construct an awesome fort!  We have made forts in the family room and in the basement, but today we wanted to do something even more fun, so we made our fort on our deck!  This entertained my kids for hours!  Building this kind of fort requires some thinking and planning.  We’ve made smaller forts before, but this is what we ended up with today.


Now just cover it with your blankets or drop cloths and camp them on so they don’t keep falling off!


This would be a great place to read, eat, play, rest, or even sleep!  Perfect thing to do on a summer afternoon.

Here are a few more fun summer ideas for you:  Backyard Campout, Summer Reading Ideas, and Family Reunion Tips.


8 Responses to DIY Fort Kit

  1. Caroline 09/25/2014 at 6:31 am #

    About how much should one expect to spend on a project like this? Any tips for cutting costs? Thanks so much:)

  2. Jodi fischer 11/07/2014 at 8:08 pm #

    Curious what size drop cloth you would suggest? Never bought those before and seeing a variety of sizes online. Thanks!

    • Holly 11/10/2014 at 11:11 am #

      I bought 2 drop cloths that are canvas 6ftX9ft. Sometimes I wish they were bigger, but they work.

  3. Kate 11/10/2014 at 11:00 am #

    How many connector pieces do you recommend having?

    • Holly 11/10/2014 at 11:10 am #

      I think I started with 10 connectors of 4 different shapes, then I went back for more! Good luck!

  4. Linda 11/17/2014 at 8:01 am #

    Love this fort kit…want to make for grandsons…about the cost of materials for kit?

  5. Nancy 11/19/2014 at 9:37 am #

    How much did it cost. I got a kit like this on line it was a 55 peace kit and cost $30.00 it came with a tarp too.


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