DIY Super Hero Fort Kit
Posted April 30, 2013on:
Hannah attended her first “friend” birthday party a couple weeks ago and had a blast. When we got the invitation to this little boy’s 5th birthday party my first thought was, I know nothing about boy gifts. Let’s face it, I live in girl world, I never had brothers and I really have no clue what 5 year old boys get excited to play with. I did, however, have a good clue about something this sweet little guy liked because the party theme was batman, spider man and legos.
So I did what most clueless moms do, start browsing pinterest. That’s when I came across the homemade fort kit idea. What boy doesn’t love building a fort, right? I took some ideas from the pin and got to work to make a kit customized for Hannah’s friend. Here’s what I purchased/used/created:
- Little red, zipper-top bag (86 cents): The pin had a tutorial for how to make a cloth bag to put the kit in but I am not a great sewer and didn’t want to spend a lot of time trying to make a bag that probably wouldn’t look very good. I made the bag I bought more sturdy by cutting a cardboard circle the same size as the bottom of the bag and then covering it in red craft foam. Here is what that looked like:
- Navy blue queen sheet ($2)
- I cut an old white t-shirt into 7, 18-inch (1 inch wide) strips to make the “hooks” for the sheet. Just stretch out the strips a little then tie knots on each end of the strip. Make a little loop and then sew onto the sheet. 3 loops go along the long sides of sheet and one in the center. Here is a photo of the loops/hooks:
- I took 5 clothespins I already had laying around the house and had Hannah paint them blue. Then I found superhero/lego clip art, printed them out and covered them with laminate I had. I glued the laminated art onto each clothespin to make them more fun and in line with the theme:
- Now it’s Dollar Tree time. We got red nylon rope ($1), suction cup hooks ($1), glow sticks ($1) and a flash light ($1) to put into the bag. I also included some popcorn and fruit snacks because building a fort takes lots of energy 😉
- The last step was making a cute sign for the front of the bag so the birthday boy would know what he was getting (or really the birthday boy’s mom because she was the one reading it!):
The next week when I ran into the birthday boy’s mom at school, she told me that he absolutely loved the fort kit and had been playing with it non-stop the entire weekend. I’d say the kit was a hit and not bad for just about $7! If you have any questions about the assembly of this kit just leave me a comment and I’ll get back with you! Also, if you’d rather not go to the trouble of making the kit, you can always pay me to make one for you 🙂 I can also do a “girly” one…Hannah has already requested one.