Parasol Yurt Fort




About: A lowly geologist who likes to build stuff.

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

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

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.

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    20 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Step 2

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


    5 years ago on Step 2

    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!!!

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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