11.15.2012

DIY.doggie.FORT.

So I have been super inspired by design that incorporates forts in the home. I'd had them on the mind for a while now, and when I saw this DIY last week I knew it had to be done. While I don't have a child to make one for, and as much as I'd love a huge one for myself, I just don't have that kind of space.  LOLA however, totes needs one.  I decided. This was seriously one of the cheapest, and most successful DIYs yet.
What you need:
A large piece of fabric
(4) 3ft sticks. (Home depot had them for around $1.50 each.)
Elastic
Scissors
Ribbon
Pillows (optional)

I had these handmade linens sitting in a cabinet for years.  They were from my husbands aunt when we went to Greece. They were just waiting for a special project. 

 I simple stitched them together to create one large piece of fabric. Now we are ready to begin!


STEP ONE:
Tie all four sticks together with elastic about 3 inches from the top. 

STEP TWO:

 Spread sticks apart with one on each side of the pillow. 

STEP THREE:
 Set fabric on top of sticks. Play with it until you are happy with they way it sits. 

STEP FOUR:
 Tie pieces of ribbon through wholes in fabric around the top and front poles to hold it in place.


 I purposely arranged my linens before sewing to flap in front.  This way I could close the fort.
 Or tie it open with some ribbon. 




Lola guarding her new fort. 

This is how the fort looks when closed. Super easy to pack away when I don't want it in use. 

How do you feel about incorporating a fort into your decor?  Just for kids, or do you want in on the fun?

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30 comments:

  1. Adorbs! I have a dog that likes to burrow or feel enclosed and this would be right up his alley! I actually have a similar project in mind for my nieces and nephews this year. Crossing fingers my Christmas gifts will come together as beautifully as yours.

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  2. Oh. my. goodness! This is SO stinking CUTE!! I have to do this for my puppy asap. It would be so easy to do using old lace picked up from a thrift store! Thanks for the great idea, I know what I'll be doing this weekend!

    xoxo
    Chels

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  3. This is the cutest thing! Consider it done! I may just make it big enough for me to climb in as well, the dogs and kids can't have all the fun :)

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  4. Soooo cute! My pup would absolutely love this!

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  5. Adorable! Mine would tear it to shreds :(

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  6. Oh my gosh so so cute! I don't have a dog but if I did I'd have to make this!

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  7. This is so freaking cute!! I love it!! I love that you used such special and pretty fabric to make this. Oh and I'm pretty much obsessed with your dog now. Lola is the cutest thing! I wish my dogs were girls so I could give them pink hair and buy them adorable sweaters!

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  8. Oh. my. gosh. That is so cute! I'd need a giant tent for my pup :)

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  9. Kristen, you are so creative!! I did a post on forts in the home a few weeks ago and it never dawned on me to have one for your pup! YOu executed this so well and Lola looks like a happy little queen! Seriously, I love this!


    xx
    
Holly Foxen Wells

    GlamourMash
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  10. Hi, I'm back. I'm going to feature this DIY in my Monday Post! More people need to see this!!! hah!


    xx
    
Holly Foxen Wells

    GlamourMash

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    1. Thanks so much! You're the best. I'm seriously in love with it and it was so easy! Looking forward to Mondays post and Lovely Little Lots! Twice in one week, this is getting serious!

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  11. Oh my gosh. I can't even. This is toooo adorable!

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  12. Kristen, seriously this is the cutest idea I've ever seen. I bet your doggie loves it.

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  13. That is so cute! What a great idea...it look amazing!

    Shannon
    bigdreamsandexpenisvetaste.blogspot.com

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  14. ah I'd love to do this for my dog! But shes a husky so shes a whole lot bigger! I think I might still try this!

    shygirlloudvoice.blogspot.com

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  15. What an adorable idea!! Well done - I wish I could lay in a fort as lovely as that. ;)
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  16. Great idea! Lola looks really relaxed in there!

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  17. OMG!!!! I love this Kristen! So easy and THOSE linens!! They are so beautiful and totally makes it. Lola must be the happiest, most pampered dog in California :)

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  18. AWW I'm defos going to make one of these for my dog :3 thank you so much for sharing
    PS: you have a new follower ;3

    xx

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  19. ahhh we love this! soo cute

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  20. I love this! I wish I had a baby...or a dog for this. Love your blog and I'm a new follower. I've just started a blog, check it out and follow me if you like :)

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  21. Great idea and so CUTE!!!
    I don't have a dog but it could be great for my little nieces too ...
    I just added it to my do list ;)

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  22. Such a cute idea!! Love the fabric you used, too! Thanks for the follow :) I'm a follower of yours now.

    Jessica DeMaio
    A Simple Kind of Life
    jessicademaio.blogspot.com

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  23. OMG !!! This is such a cute idea ! I want to do it for my dog.

    xo,
    Cindi
    Breakfast at Cindi’s

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  24. that is sooo cool!!! It makes me want a dog even more desperately.

    Cool blog you are having ....
    www.kalancea.com

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  25. this is beyond precious!!

    http://threadtheneedleblog.blogspot.com/

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  26. This is such a good idea!! Too bad I am HORRIBLE with a sewing machine or anything DIY. Lol.
    And Lola looks so cute snuggled under there. :)

    -Sandra.*

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  27. THIS IS THE CUTEST THING EVER!! If i had a puppy....or a child I would TOTALLY do this.

    <3
    heather
    fashionistanygirl.com

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  28. This is so adorable. I think I'll need longer dowling for our big boy but I just love this!

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