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25 DIY Hideouts: Forts, Tents, Teepees and Playhouses


As far back as I can remember handcrafted hideouts frequently filled the rooms in my house as a kid. First, it started as a simple sheet tent that served as a reading nook or the meeting place for all things make believe. It did not take long before 1 sheet just wasn’t enough and these hideouts turned into fortresses, taking up the entire living room and sectioning off into different quarters. Sound familiar? I don’t know what it is about hiding away under sheets and blankets, but as soon as I hear the kids stringing sheets from chair to chair a small part of me secretly hopes they’ll invite me inside. Give them their own secret space with one of these 25 DIY Hideouts: Forts, Tents, Teepees and Playhouses…


  • Quilting Hoop Fort 1 of 25
    Quilting Hoop Fort
    A perfect reading nook for kids to curl up in.
    Get the tutorial at Sew Liberated.
  • Moroccan Fort 2 of 25
    Moroccan Fort
    This is definitely on my to-do list.
    Get the tutorial at Design Sponge.
  • Fort Kit 3 of 25
    Fort Kit
    Give a fort in a bag as a birthday gift.
    Get the tutorial at Megan + Andy.
  • Table Fort 4 of 25
    Table Fort
    Cover a table with this homemade fort and let the pretending begin.
    Get the tutorial at 101 Woonideeen.
  • A-Frame Tent 5 of 25
    A-Frame Tent
    Create a special space for them to escape to that is just their own.
    Get the tutorial at Cakies.
  • The Teepee 6 of 25
    The Teepee
    This little teepee is definitely worth the effort since it will probably get a good amount of use.
    Get the tutorial at Smile and Wave.
  • Bunk Bed Fort 7 of 25
    Bunk Bed Fort
    Take their bunk bed to the next level.
    Get the tutorial at Lemon Squeezy Home.
  • Felt Playhouse 8 of 25
    Felt Playhouse
    You have to check out the little felt garden.
    Get the tutorial at Homemade by Jill.
  • Hula Hoop Hideaway 9 of 25
    Hula Hoop Hideaway
    The hula hoop tent is quick and easy to set up and can be taken indoors or outdoors.
    Get the tutorial at Obsessively Stitching.
  • Gnome Home 10 of 25
    Gnome Home
    Hula hoops come into action again with this gnome home.
    Get the tutorial at Apartment Therapy.
  • Hallway House 11 of 25
    Hallway House
    Build a pop up home in your hallways with tension rods.
    Get the tutorial at ikat bag.
  • Beehive Hut 12 of 25
    Beehive Hut
    A great summer project.
    Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.
  • Under $10 Playhouse 13 of 25
    Under $10 Playhouse
    Keep expenses low with a pallet playhouse.
    Get the tutorial at Playing House Full Time.
  • Upcycle Home 14 of 25
    Upcycle Home
    Use an old playhouse frame as the base for a new home.
    Find out more at ikat bag.
  • Wooden Playhouse 15 of 25
    Wooden Playhouse
    If you are feeling extra handy with tools check out the steps for making this wooden playhouse.
    Get the tutorial at Ana White.
  • Little Girl’s Dream Teepee 16 of 25
    Little Girl's Dream Teepee
    Embellish your teepee by adding colorful ruffles.
    Get the tutorial at Sewing In No Mans Land.
  • A Fort for Years to Come 17 of 25
    A Fort for Years to Come
    Spend a day or two building this sturdy fort, complete with kid-size hatch, peephole and flag.
    Get the tutorial at This Old House.
  • Tea Towel Fort 18 of 25
    Tea Towel Fort
    Keep costs low by making a fort out of tea towels, twine and clothes pins.
    Find out more at This Homemade Life.
  • 5-Minute No-Sew Fort 19 of 25
    5-Minute No-Sew Fort
    A bunk bed fort that can be ready to use in no time.
    Get the tutorial at Come Together Kids.
  • Fort Kit on a Budget 20 of 25
    Fort Kit on a Budget
    Surprise your kids with their very own fort kits.
    Find out more at Saltwater Kids.
  • The Pup Tent 21 of 25
    The Pup Tent
    An ideal space for filling the evening with good stories and shadow puppet shows.
    Find out more atReady Made.
  • Circus Tent 22 of 25
    Circus Tent
    Use an old card table as the frame of this fun circus tent.
    Get the tutorial at Old Days.
  • Willow Hideaway 23 of 25
    Willow Hideaway
    I love that this hideout blends into the surroundings.
    Get the tutorial at Kleas.
  • Outdoor Storybook Teepee 24 of 25
    Outdoor Storybook Teepee
    A reading nook, puppet theater or teepee. The possibilities are endless.
    Get the tutorial at Lolovie.
  • Bamboo Teepee 25 of 25
    Bamboo Teepee
    Use bamboo garden posts to keep this no-sew teepee propped up.
    Get the tutorial at Sew, Mama, Sew.

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