backyard tent

We’ve found the quickest way to turn a child’s day around is to put up a fort, and this tent could not be easier to assemble. You’ll need an extra large sheet, a yard of rope, 4 long stakes, a hammer to secure them in place.

Here’s how Nicole did it:

Tie your rope to two parallel stable objects, tying it about a foot higher than you want the tent’s ceiling to be. Take your sheet and tie loose knots into each corner and center it over your rope. Pull the corners out and down to the ground as markers so you know where to hammer your stakes into the ground. Once they’ve been hammered far enough that there isn’t any wiggle room, pull your loose knots over the stakes and tie them tight.

Fill your fort with pillows and blankets, maybe a kid or two, and watch the magic happen.


  1. on September 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm said:

    beautiful pictures!

  2. Tara:
    on September 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm said:

    Adorable and so simple! Love this idea and can’t wait to follow along here.

    • Small Fry:
      on September 27, 2012 at 2:58 am said:

      Thanks Tara, we’re happy to have you!

  3. Jodee:
    on September 27, 2012 at 1:55 am said:

    This is beautiful girls! SO very well done. Can’t wait to read more.

    • Small Fry:
      on September 27, 2012 at 3:01 am said:

      Jodee, that means the world coming from you! We’re dying to film you, check back tomorrow to see what we mean.

      xo Emily

    • Small Fry:
      on September 27, 2012 at 3:01 am said:

      Thank you so much! Right back at you, times a thousand!

  4. Anna Wrexia:
    on September 27, 2012 at 4:01 am said:

    Love the blog gals! Nice work!


    • Small Fry:
      on September 27, 2012 at 4:21 am said:

      Thanks Anna, we appreciate it!

  5. on September 27, 2012 at 10:19 am said:

    To die for! Super fun for kiddos and then good way for me to sneak some pics haha. Love it

    • Small Fry:
      on September 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm said:

      So true!

  6. Camy Little:
    on September 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm said:

    Amazing so far!! can’t wait to see what’s coming! I plan to start my day off with a dose of Small Fry just to make sure we aren’t missing out on some fabulous activity that is sitting around the house waiting for the kids and I to enjoy! Thanks for sharing your unbelievable talents girls! 🙂

    • Small Fry:
      on September 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm said:

      Camy thank you for your support! xo

  7. on November 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm said:

    love how well lit your pictures are. Do you know what setting you used and also which camera did you use to shoot this?

    • Small Fry:
      on November 6, 2012 at 7:17 am said:

      Nikon d300 with a 50 mm 1.4 lens! Not sure of the settings, but I will ask Nicole and let you know! – Emily

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