I don鈥檛 know about you, but on Christmas Eve I was always WAY too excited to go to sleep in anticipation of Santa鈥檚 arrival and the festivities that would ensue the next morning. (Oh hi! Lindsay here, Brit + Co鈥檚 Creative Content Producer.) It was such an imaginative time filled with wonderment. I love the magic of the holiday season, from decking the halls to Christmas carols. Which is why I鈥檓 SUPER excited to team up with IKEA庐 to make the most EPIC adult fort of all time. Together, we鈥檙e bringing back the spirit of Christmas to take a break from #adulting and bring out those kids at heart. Read on to see what 12 items you absolutely need for the ultimate holiday fort.


From seasonal swag to pillows, blankets and twinkly LED lights galore, the IKEA庐 2016 Holiday Celebrating Guide is FILLED with all of your fort needs. Not sure where to start? Don鈥檛 you worry! I got you covered on what you need to create the most magical fort of your dreams. After all, it is my FORT-茅. ;)


It鈥檚 All About the Decor

First off, to get into the Christmas spirit, you鈥檒l want to make sure you have your decor on lockdown. IKEA庐鈥檚 holiday decor game is strong this year with their VINTER 2016 line. (It鈥檚 so amazing that B+C couldn鈥檛 help but notice its launch.)

1. Tiny Christmas Tree


Who needs a full-sized tree when you can make it a mini!? This little white tree is perfect for a fort. IKEA庐 even has little ornaments that are too cute, like this Santa Claus set. Plus, you can still fit your presents underneath and leave enough space for other fun, fort-worthy activities.

2. Faux Fire Basket


Make a cool faux fire basket to help bring some warmth into your fort without having to worry about any fire hazards.



First, collect your materials. If that doesn鈥檛 look like wintertime in a photo, I don鈥檛 know what does.


Wrap the VINTER 2016 tape (we chose red with white snowflakes) around the basket. You can space the tape to your liking and add as many strips as you want. We opted to keep it simple and added the trim in three spots toward the top.


Time to add your holiday *flavor!* Start by arranging the birch logs 鈥 these will serve as the foundation of your faux fire basket. Next, fill in the open spaces with a green garland. (We stocked up on the SMYCKA spruce garland for this foxy faux fire.) Finish it off by adding your remaining filling. We used artificial holly branches and pine cones. The best part about using fake plants is that they鈥檒l be looking fresh all season long.


Lastly, wrap holiday lights around the logs, like this KILOMETER light chain. Be sure to thread the end of the cord through the back of the basket so you can easily plug it into a socket. When you add the light chain, you鈥檒l want to leave a little extra for the garlands in the front. The loose weaving on the basket allows the lights to shine through for a very dreamy effect.


All you need to do is to find a good spot for some nice wood *fire* ambiance and plug in the lights.

Look at that beautiful glow! Now that鈥檚 a basket of joy.


3. Seasonal 鈥淲alls鈥

Sure, you could use old sheets or find things you have laying around your house to make the structure of your fort, but if you鈥檙e really going all out, invest in some legit curtains. IKEA庐 makes that possible by being so affordable, and that extra touch goes a long way. These VINTER 2016 curtains are slightly opaque, making the fort feel extra dreamy.


Make It Cozy

Where to begin! There are so many ways to get your fort comfy and 鈥渕ax chill鈥 ready.

4. Pillows and Blankets

Seriously though, I鈥檓 pretty sure it can鈥檛 be considered a proper indoor fort without a MILLION blankets, pillows and anything and everything soft, squishy and warm.


5. Slippers


Keep them toes warm with a pair of super cute and comfy slippers, like these VINTER 2016 slippers.

6. Stuffed Animals


You鈥檙e never too old for your favorite stuffed animal. PLUS, comfort is also about company, so make sure you bring a friend or two to hang out with.

Get Lit With Some Serious Mood Lighting

It鈥檚 all about the winter vibes in your fort, and what better way to make that happen than with some magical lighting?

7. Hanging Star Lights


These beautiful STR脜LA pendant lamp shades are the perfect thing to look up to while reading, taking naps or simply daydreaming in your fort. The design details of these shades are seriously stunning.

8. Merry and Bright Holiday Sign


Make your own illuminated sign to add some season鈥檚 greetings to your fort. It鈥檚 just the thing to bring some additional merriment to an already bright place.



First, get your goods together. It鈥檚 so much easier to have everything you need all in one place before you start.


Cover the canvas with silver paint. Be sure to paint the edges as well, and let dry.


Time to make the wreath! This part takes a little patience while each layer of paint dries, but it鈥檚 a perfect activity to do while catching up on your favorite show. Create stencils out of the leaf cutout template (using cardstock will help these last longer). Make sure you leave plenty of room around each leaf to prevent additional, unwanted paint on your canvas. Using a different shade of green for each leaf stencil, create a loose circle on your canvas.

DIY Pro Tip: Let one layer dry before moving to the next AND have a moist paper towel on hand to wipe off any excess paint that may have gotten on the bottom of the stencil.


Using your red paint pen, add little holly berries throughout your wreath.


Write out your holiday message in the center of your wreath. You can always start with pencil if you don鈥檛 want to commit right away. Make the type really pop by thickening your letters. OR add another skill to your repertoire with our calligraphy or fauxligraphy e-classes and make your sign really stand out.


Lastly, install your lights. There are 48 lights on the KILOMETER light chain, so use your utility knife to make small holes where you want your lights to go. Then, turn your canvas over and make an X with the knife, using the small holes as a guide. Punch the tip of your light through the X. On the backside of the canvas, wrap each bulb with a small piece of painter鈥檚 tape. This will help keep the lights in place.


Turn it over and take a look at what you made! This holiday sign is most definitely merry and bright.


Plug it in and hang it in your fort for some seasonal cheer. Now that you鈥檝e seen what we can do with LED lights, show IKEA庐 what you can do! You could win a $100 gift card. Take a photo of your most creative holiday LED creation and share it with IKEA庐 by tagging @ikeausa and using #MyHoliDIY. Time to get workin鈥! Get the full contest details at MyholiDIY.com.

9. Accent Lighting


Supplement your bolder lighting statements with some more subtle tones. LED tea lights are just what you need to achieve this.

Set Up a Utility Station of FUN


Of course, you鈥檒l want to hang out in your fort like all the time, so why not make things easy and accessible for you. IKEA庐鈥檚 R脜SKOG utility cart is a great go-to piece for organizing and storing all of your holiday needs. Plus, it looks even MORE amazing now that I decked it out with some extra trim! The only question is鈥 what to fill it with?

10. Entertainment Station


Because, duh, you won鈥檛 want to be alone in this fort, so be sure to stock up on games and activities to do with your roomie, BFF or boo. The LATTJO toy line at IKEA庐 is off the chain. As an added bonus, they鈥檙e cutely designed and super colorful.


Also, don鈥檛 forget about the holiday jams! Bring in a set of portable speakers to listen to your favorite songs and some kiddie instruments to sing and play along. It never hurts to get a little silly when you鈥檙e hanging out with a bestie.

11. Craft Station


Stock your utility cart with paper, scissors and colorful pens so you can craft the days away. Get inspired in your fort to make more decorations or holiday cards for your loved ones.

12. Gift Wrapping Station


A gift wrapping station is pretty much a necessity in your fort. It鈥檚 the perfect place to reflect on all of the fun things you got for your friends and family.

Time to Toast


While you wait for Santa on Christmas Eve, why not enjoy some cider and cookies and toast to bringing back the magic and imagination of a holiday season celebrated right.


Cheers! Happy holidays to all and to all a good night!

How do you keep the Christmas magic alive? Share your photos of your LED DIY projects with us on Instagram by tagging @ikeausa and don鈥檛 forget to #MyHoliDIY (after all, you could win a $100 gift card from IKEA庐). Get the full contest details at MyholiDIY.com.

DIY Production: Lindsay Saito

Styling: Lindsay Saito + Cassidy Miller

Photography: Chris Andre