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This year instead of cutting down a tree we began working on a new holiday tradition.
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Step 1: Cutting the Canvass

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I purchased a strip of canvass 8 feet wide and 6 yards long. I laid it out on the floor and a friend and I drew a half circle 16ft in diameter.  We then folded fabric in half and cut out an egg shaped doorway (half from each side). I folded the circle one last time and cut off the point (to make space for the polls to cross). The image below shows my intended design which I deviated from slightly just to make layout as easy as possible.

Step 2: Hemming

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I used grommets to hemm the edges because I thought the fabric would be too thick for my girlfriend's sewing machine.

Step 3: Setting up the Polls

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I harvested six birch saplings that were growing out of the floor of a long abandoned green house. I aimed for straight polls about 10ft long and the width of my thumb. I bundled the polls together with duct tape about 8ft form the end. I spread the poles apart and used the grommet holes to lash the fabric around the structure. 

Step 4: Lighting and Decoration

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I threaded Holiday Lights between the canvass and the poles, and the kids added ornaments.
Looks amazing!
jesse.hensel (author)  Kaptain Kool2 years ago
Lorddrake2 years ago
It looks like the kids really "got into" the new tradition hehe

Is Santa going to hide presents for the good little boys and girls inside the fort or around the outside?
jesse.hensel (author)  Lorddrake2 years ago
We hid the gifts inside.