All I have to do is say the word 'fort' and my kids begin squealing with anticipation. I’m not sure why there’s such a fascination with hanging out in a small enclosed space, but there must be something cool about it because I loved it when I was little, too. Here’s a fort you can build together with your kids out of newspapers. It’s even strong enough to cover with a light blanket or sheet. This DIY is a perfect little tent for reading, tea parties, playing games…and whatever else your imagination can come up with. So dig that stack of papers out of your recycling bin, and your kids are sure to hail you as the best mom ever—at least until you make them come out of the fort to do their chores!


  • Newspapers
  • Stapler
  • Masking tape


  1. Using two layers of newspaper, roll diagonally from the bottom corner to the top and secure with a piece of tape.
  2. Make as many rolls as you want. We made about 35 rolls for our fort.
  3. With three rolls, staple the ends together to make a triangle (a great shape for creating stability in a structure).
  4. Lay your triangles out as pictured. Tape the corners together with masking tape (it may not took pretty, but use plenty of tape to get them secure) and create a triangle ladder.
  5. Save several rolls for the roof of your fort.
  6. Stand your triangle ladder up and create your design.
  7. The fort will be wobbly at first, but as you add the rolls for the roof, it will become secure. Your fort will be strong enough to cover with a light blanket or sheet.
  8. Let the fun commence!



How to Make a Newspaper Fort with Your Kids