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    The ABCs of Making: F is for Fort

    Jessy Ratfink
    Published on - June 4, 2020 by Jessy Ratfink

    Inspiration, #tinkertogether

    Forts are a classic childhood structure everyone seems to make their own version of. In today's ABCs of Making post, I'd like to share some clever fort designs made from all sorts of materials!

    Build a Fort Anywhere Inside With Fort Loops

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    Fort Loops are the creation of Instructables author Mr. Noack and they're awesome! They're a collection of 3D printed fort building tools that you can attach to outlets, doors, light switches, and picture hangers. 

    Check out the full instructable to see them being used and to print a set of your own Fort Loops!

    Make an Outdoor Umbrella Fort

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    I love this great idea to make a homemade yurt-style fort. If you have a large outdoor umbrella, your fort is halfway done! Simply clip cloth panels (towels, sheets, blankets - whatever you have) to the edges of the umbrella and you have a breezy and shaded play area.

    Check out the instructable to see how they made theirs!

    Box and String Lighting Fort

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    If you've got string lights and cardboard boxes, they're a great way to make a quick and cozy fort! If the boxes are large, leave them assembled and cut doors and windows. Smaller boxes can be flattened and used as larger panels. 

    Check out the "How to Make a Fort" collection to see different cardboard forts and how they're made!

    Build an Epic Outdoor Fort

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    Outdoor forts are my favorite and we have so many awesome versions on Instructables. I especially love this clubhouse-style fort complete with swings, ladders, and a secret entrance. Whether you're wanting to build a stand alone fort or a tree house, we've got you covered. 

    What sort of fort do you want to make? Check out our "How to Make a Fort" collection on Instructables for some inspiration and be sure to tag us @instructables on social media to share!


    Keep an eye on the Tinkercad blog and our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook) for more step-by-step guides, design challenges and other inspiration.

    In the meantime, please see our recent posts titled Hello Tinkercad Friends! Let’s #TinkerTogether and Parents Guide to Starting Kids in Tinkercad. They provide more information on some of Tinkercad’s useful features for parents, teachers, and students.