Introduction: Parasol Yurt Fort

Picture of Parasol Yurt Fort

This super easy fort will provide some fun shelter for your little ones in the summer heat; whether in the back yard or on the beach. It is basically composed of a parasol with some sheets pinned along the edge of the brim. The finished construction resembles the traditional nomadic Mongolian home called a Yurt (hence the Photoshop Yak). We first saw this fort construction method in a french-Canadian magazine for kids.

Step 1: Step 1: Items

Picture of Step 1: Items

For this fort you will only need:

1. A parasol (the beach variety will be easier to stake into the ground)
2. Some sheets, draperies or beach towels
3. 20 clothes pins
4. Rubber mallet (you can use a hammer but don't overdo it)

Step 2: Assembly

Picture of Assembly

You can probably figure the instructions from looking at the photos because it is dead easy.

1. Stake the base post of the parasol with the rubber mallet. If the soil (or) sand is loose, then you should be able to push it in with your body weight.
2. Open the parasol and lower it onto the post. Adjust the height to about 4 feet; this creates a cozy feel that make forts fun for the little ones.
3. Use clothes pins to attach the sheets to the edge of the parasol.
4. You can also install a sheet to separate the space in two for enhanced coziness.
5. Bring a few cushions, books and toys into your newly constructed yurt.

That's it! Quick, easy, portable and should keep your little yaks busy for a few hours.


Snibril (author)2014-05-30

Very nice idea, I've made one myself for my daughters with a few minor mods to the design. My younger one is really excited about dens at the moment and this is perfect for her.

Renard_Bleu (author)Snibril2014-06-10

Great! they so DO those nooks!

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snoopindaweb (author)2013-09-22

Was the Post pointed?

Renard_Bleu (author)snoopindaweb2013-09-22

It was pointed. If yours is not, then you can maybe punch a hole first with a heavy crowbar?

KookyKreations (author)2013-09-15

Perfect fort for kids - easy, portable, safe and most of all FUN!

Thanks! I sometimes lie down in there with my legs sticking out the side...

shazni (author)2013-09-05

this is nice...making a fort is part of the fun isn't it? :-)

Renard_Bleu (author)shazni2013-09-09

It is! sometimes we cant help but build it for them...

Alex.Valdez (author)2013-08-19

Congratulations! Simplicity is the keyword on your design. Will use it as soon as I can!

Renard_Bleu (author)Alex.Valdez2013-08-27

You can actually get the little ones to do most of the work (and shore it up while they are playing).

blodefood (author)2013-08-07

C'est cute ça!

Renard_Bleu (author)blodefood2013-08-11

et bien, merci!

girlandcat (author)2013-08-06

I'm an adult, and I fully intend to build myself a yurt tonight. As soon as I finish cleaning the kitchen. Clear contest winner in my book!!!

Renard_Bleu (author)girlandcat2013-08-06

I literally laughed out loud when I read your comment! Don't forget to bring some books and pillows.

Renard_Bleu (author)2013-08-05

Thanks, your stuff is wicked.

foobear (author)2013-08-04

So simple! great idea

jessyratfink (author)2013-08-02

So perfect. This is such a good use for an umbrella. :D

Renard_Bleu (author)jessyratfink2013-08-03

Thanks, the kids get extra bored over the summer holidays!

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