The Low-Mess, Low-Stress Sheet Tent (for Rainy Days)

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The weather was gross this morning. We slept in late (as late as the babies would let me), and even after downing a few cups of coffee, it was hard to get the motivation for a regular day’s work. The kids agreed with me, I think.

Normally, I love my routine of Breakfast, Clean-Up, School Stuff, etc, but every once in a while, it’s refreshing to ditch the routine and do something different. 

This morning I announced that after the breakfast dishes were done, beds were made, and teeth were brushed, we were going to make a SHEET TENT. Chores were done so enthusiastically!

Things You’ll Need:

  • A large sheet
  • A few pennies
  • A bag of rubber bands
  • Dining chairs
  • Throw Pillows
  • Tall, Sturdy Pieces of Furniture (optional)

The Process…

  1. First, circle the chairs. If you have a tall piece of furniture to jump-start things, that’s great (though not required). You’ll want to be sure that they’re close enough to each other, that the sheet covers the backs of the chairs.
  2. After spreading the sheet over the chairs, we use throw pillows to keep them where they’re supposed to be. If the pillows aren’t heavy enough, you can stack books to weigh the edges down. Or you can figure out something with the rubber bands.


3) If you were wondering what the pennies had to do with anything… I like to use them as anchors, to help the rubber bands catch on the otherwise slippery sheet.


And that’s the basic version! We do have a pop-up Castle tent we like to push into one side for a different room, but that’s a totally optional addition. It’s perfectly fun and adventurous without that!


The boys like to gather their blankets, pillows, flash lights, (and their sword stash) inside for some extra fun.

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Want to know my favorite part about this sheet tent adventure? It only takes 2 minutes to put away!


P.S. You may have noticed Gabriel’s new eye patch… Because Gabriel has amblyopia (a lazy eye), the doctor’s orders are to patch the stronger eye for 6 hours a day to make the weaker eye work for itself. Luckily, he rocks the pirate look!

3 thoughts on “The Low-Mess, Low-Stress Sheet Tent (for Rainy Days)

  1. Jody says:

    Sheet fort are the best for the off morning. Love your penny trick. I’m so using this. And He is rocking the pirate looK:)

  2. flannelgirl says:

    Well, since you love comments, we used to put a big sheet over the picnic table and one on the ground inside and have a snack lunch inside. The penny thing was genius.

  3. My son always tries to make forts with blankets and gets upset when it doesn’t stay. I love the rubber band with penny trick! I am totally going to get him to make one with a sheet and try this trick!!

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