When cabin fever starts setting in and the kids are bouncing off the walls, one of our favorite things to do is to build a fort. Whether it’s made with a pile of blankets or a mess of cardboard boxes, it’ll capture kids’ imaginations for hours. Click through the slideshow below to take your fort-making skills to the next level.

A Castle in the Clouds

We’re totally wowed by Brandon Tran’s cardboard castle. If you’ve got extra cardboard boxes (and a fair amount of patience), you can make one for your house too. Click here to find out how it’s made.

photo: Brandon Tran

Got any fort building tips to share? Let us know in the Comments below.

— Christal Y & Susie Foresman