March 3, 2014

DIY Disney Frozen Ice Palace Fort with Crazy Forts

I created my DIY Disney Frozen Ice Palace Fort using Crazy Forts.  This is such a fun DIY castle to make if your child loves the movie FROZEN.  Thanks to my friend Rachel of Celebrity Baby Trends for sending it my way!

Are you excited about the release of Disney FROZEN on Bluray and DVD?  Yeah, so were we.  So with rainy forecast a DIY Disney Frozen Ice Palace Fort was the perfect indoor activity to keep my FROZEN fanatic super happy.  Also, did you know you can totally download and watch the movie early? Yep, we did that and it made my little Elsa wanna-be the happiest little girl on the planet.  Anyway, if you want to make your own DIY Frozen ice palace, castle, fort...whatever you want to call it, then here's how we did ours.

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First, we started with a Crazy Forts set.  Maybe you've seen them, maybe you haven't.  I had run past one quickly while shuttling Kayla around town on some errands, but hadn't stopped to see what they were all about.  Which is why I was very grateful when my friend Rachel Florio-Urso told me about them and how she loves them.  They remind me a bit of a building toy my sisters and I had as kids and I love that they can be built into basically whatever you want. Kayla quickly got to work helping me.

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What I like about Crazy Forts is that the pieces are pretty straight forward.  There are just sticks of the same length and balls to connect them, so it's unlikely that your child will come up with a design that is all wonky and lopsided.  The balls are covered in holes to allow for a bunch of different angles on their creations. 


If you're low on imagination, then they have a little booklet with design ideas to get you going.  For our Disney Frozen Ice Palace, Kayla and I used the Crazy Forts castle design, which was very easy to follow.

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Now here is where the magic happens.  I somehow found myself in the holiday section of Walmart while picking up some craft supplies a few months back and saw this ice blue fabric with silver glitter snowflakes and on a whim bought it because it reminded me of Elsa's dress.  Kayla's eye's lit up when she saw it and asked me to make her a dress out of it.  That probably won't happen, but I might attempt an extra layer to add to her current Elsa dress.

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Adding the fabric to the Crazy Forts frame was crazy easy.  I just cut pieces that seemed long enough to drape over the sides and then used Kayla's little hair elastics.  Again, the nice part here is that if you have kids around Kayla's age they can be active participants in all of this since it's very easy to assemble. 

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For a finishing touch we used some glittery snowflake ornaments.  Truth be told, this was a box of 10 ornaments that was $3.  Would I put them on my tree?  No way!  Do they look really freaking cute on a fort?  Yep.

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We just used some glue dots to attach them on top of the fabric covered balls and that was it.  Hello Disney Frozen Ice Palace fort.

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Unless of course you decide to be EXTRA fancy.  An hour later I realized I had also bought a couple of these big frozen-looking snowflakes in my "I'll come up with something someday stash" and they made the perfect icy chandelier to go in Kayla...I mean Elsa's ice palace.

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Want to make your own DIY Disney Frozen Ice Palace?  Pin the image below and you'll have it saved when you're ready!  And if you want to snap up your own Crazy Forts set, you might be glad you did the next time it pours outside on a weekend.

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12 comments:

  1. My Bug would LOVE this fort. I just looked at the Crazy Forts. I love how versatile this is. Never heard of them before. Hmmmm....

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    1. Thank you! I KNOW, they are really neat. We made an igloo too, but of course she needed a palace.

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  2. This is so cute! My monkey would love it!!

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    1. Thanks Melissa. I bet she would have an awesome time!

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    1. Come on over. I hate to say that the dogs won't all fit, but a few more sets and we can make a GINORMOUS one!

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  4. This is too clever and oh so cute! Thanks for sharing I hope to make this with my daughter!

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    1. Thank you Ruby! I hope you get to make it too :)

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  5. Of course, now Ayva wants me to make this for her. Thanks, Mommy Testers!

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    1. Just mail Ayva to me. Or put her on an Amtrak train. I hear they are working with bloggers. I hear she has a blog.

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  6. Love this idea! Just to let you know I featured it on my blog :) http://www.sassydealz.com/2014/05/frozen-crafts-activities-kids.html

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