It’s always fun to think ahead whenever you purchase materials to use.

I try to ask myself things like….How long will they last? What else could I do with them?

Last year, we built a fort out of straw bales and it saw many pint-sized adventures in each of the four seasons, but the time has come for it to be disassembled and used elsewhere.

Our daughter’s fort was happily scattered about the yard and garden for some much needed mulch.

It went a looooong, long way and proved to be an incredibly cost effective venture all the way around.  

And the little miss is well on her way to building a new ‘grown up version’ of her fort…only the next one is out of salvaged wood and will be around for a long, long time.  It’s a pretty special Father/Daughter project that is teaching her some sweet building skills….more on that to come.

Cheers to ‘living it up’ in your mulch before you use it!


  1. Tina says:

    I love that this fort was re-purposed in and around the garden. My son now wants to make one out of straw bales. We always have a couple next to the garage in the summer for “extra” seating. and sitting my plants on to harden off in a partially shady area. The dog loves to lay on them as well. How many bales did it take to make the fort? I’m thinking about 12 of them from the pic. In the city picking up bales can be pricey so I may have to rent or borrow a pickup and drive out to a rural area for more reasonable price. I may have to calculate whether it will or won’t be cost effective but the memories will surely last a lifetime if we can pull it off.

  2. De Hastings says:

    Ahh, the joys of a childhood fort! I had many. Mine, mostly of the outdoor variety, rather than the inside ‘couch cushion & chair’ type, hold many a happy memory…
    How very cool that hers was constructed of something that could be used again!

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