I love concocting gifts out of recycled, up-cycled, and thrift items. It feels so clever to get s five-star gift out of ingenuity. One of our most successful gifts this Christmas was the Fort Kit we made for Brother-Bug.
We got a couple of sheets at the thrift store. Brother-Bug was even there when I bought them and helped pick them out…I told him we were buying table cloths. Papa-Bug hit the hardware store for assorted clamps and rope. We got a couple of flashlights. I pulled some clothesline out of winter storage.
I sewed a large bag (a pillowcase would also work) with a drawstring. We put everything in the bag and I painted “Brother-Bug's Fort Kit” on the bag.
I'm actually not sure who loves the kit more – Brother-Bug or Papa-Bug. We have had such fun stringing up forts in every room in the house (except the bathroom). When the Christmas Crazies were taking over the Little-Bugs' brains on Christmas Day, we made a fort for watching a movie and the cuddled up inside with a Frosty the Snowman.