One of the most fun and cool things I have seen was a castle built out of the good old fashion moving boxes. I was instantly brought back to the feeling of being a child and wanted to instantly go play.
Luckily, I am also able to live those feelings through my family. But what amazed me the most was the absolute size of this piece and then realizing that many people live in cardboard boxes every day made it very emotionally complicated to realize that what I was thinking of a child’s play toy was actually someones home. So I wanted to make a way for people who had to live in these items to actually have a great template to survive and thrive on the budget they have.
So first and foremost if you need to live in a your own box fort then you have to have material in order to do it. I want to make sure people know that they can ask companies for boxes but know that they crush and recycle every day and night so you have to get them at the right time. Go to your nearest big box store and ask for cardboard boxes and then ask what time of day is best to get them. Then ask for the shipping boxes specifically. These shipping boxes are going to be made for corrugated paper and that means it is more insulated and thought than a regular box.
Now where you are going to end up spending some money is the tape or sealant to seal up the boxes in order to make them wind and more waterproof. I also suggest using plastic bags to create kind of roof. But you can also go to hardware stores and find used and broken shingles to help make an actual roof. This is another ask for broken and unsellable shingles in the building supplies department and many of the times you will find they are more than happy to help. Most manager will even make sure you get what you need.
But don’t be afraid to ask and don’t be afraid to be told no. Not everyone has a heart and many young people simply do not know enough hardship to have mercy. So you may need to ask at a few different stores. But know that Lowes and HOme depot like to be right next to each other for sales purposes so if you are at one the other is usually close by!