$12.10 Reading Fort

October 1, 2016


In addition to our biological son,  we have a little guy living with us right now. I am always trying to come up with ways to make reading more exciting to him. My recent idea? A reading fort of course! This magical fort only has one rule: you can only be in the fort if you are reading.

The great thing about this fort is that it is fairly easy to make and it is very inexpensive compared to the teepees and tents that are trending right now.

Here is the cost breakdown:

45 degree ½ elbow piece // quantity 4
.51 each // $2.04

½ elbow piece  // quantity 2
.40 each // $0.80

½ tee piece //quantity 4
.27 each // $1.08

½ side-out elbow // quantity 4
.98 each // $3.92

½ 10-foot pipe //  quantity 3
1.42 // $4.26

Total Cost of Supplies (before tax) $12.10

Want to make your own?
Let us begin!

I purchased all of my products from Lowes. I will go on a weekday morning before work because they open early and that way, I am usually one of the only people in the store. Our local Lowes store has AMAZING customer service and the staff there are always willing to help.

(Side note: One day my husband gave me a list of items to pick up from Lowes. The staff walked me around the entire store to help me find everything on the list. I would have been lost without them. We have a great crew in Grand Forks, North Dakota!)

Carry on Jess, carry on.

Here are the connecting pieces to get:


(Side notes: 1. Make sure that you are paying attention to what you are grabbing out of the boxes. 2. All of the connecting items are “slips” and NOT “threaded” –like a screw)

When it comes to cutting, you have a few options. You can use a handsaw, a pipe cutter OR you can ask the friendly staff to do your cuts for you in store. Note that you will have some extra pipe if you cut correctly. Here are the cuts to make:

Now, it is time to assemble!


Surprisingly I was able to create this tent without the help of my handy husband. It was a fun project to do with our boys and allowed us to practice our measurements! If you are doing this project without the help of little ones, allow for 30-45 minutes to complete.

(Happy baby not included)

ReadingFort2Although I wish it were, this is not a sponsored post.

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    October 8, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Loved reading your stories!! The reading tent is super impressive!!😃❤️

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