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Storm weekend: a Happy Place cabin for the kids = me-time for you

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What a storm, not normal and so grey, cold and wet. Not really outdoor play weather and what do you do then? When the wind has died down a bit and you already get your children outside, after a while they are done with 'getting some fresh air' and they come inside very bored... And then? How do you challenge them, make them enthusiastic and keep them busy for hours without having to leave and without it costing you a cent?!

Happlify has your answer, because you know: 'we've got your back' . Your solution: a hut aka a Happy Place built from sheets, blankets, pillows and some (LED) Christmas lights. Then you can just go on the go, let your imagination run wild, but look what I found at BuzzFeed Nifty : a nice tutorial with tips for your awesome cabin. It depends a bit on how old your kids are, but from the age of seven they will come a long way with this video.

Making memories

The beauty of such a cabin is that these are the moments that will remain in everyone's memory. Just like camping in the garden, falling asleep on the couch together, staying up to count the shooting stars... Those are the magical events in a child's life that become more beautiful in memory. Without it having to cost anything right away. With a Happy Place Hut you immediately show that you can turn simple things you already have into something magical. Totally Happlify

A Happy Place of pillows and sheets

You can see how to put together such a hut in the film below. When the cabin is ready, you can inspect it, take some photos for a nice memory , and watch an old school Disney movie on the iPad , add a bucket of popcorn and they will be under the pans for another two hours. Please: an afternoon of Me-time for you with your favorite book and a cup of tea. Or does this sound too cozy? Then why not just join in the fun?!

This is what you need

Note: These are just suggestions and tips for building the Happy Place cabin. Just see for yourself what you have, be resourceful and creative!


  • sheets
  • blankets
  • (sofa) cushions
  • chairs
  • wooden stick(s) or broomsticks
  • clothespins
  • clamps
  • clothesline thread
  • Adhesive tape
  • christmas lights
  • battery powered tea lights (!)
  • LED lights
  • heavy books


Although a hut lends itself perfectly to watching a beautiful classic, the hut can of course also be 'screenless'. With a flashlight and a pile of old Donald Duck's you can go a long way too!

  • tablet or laptop with Pathe at home , Disney+ or Netflix
  • snacks
  • friends
  • whatever else you need to make it cozy!

Ooh yes, we're watching The Sound of Music in the cabin! And if that doesn't get the kids excited, Jumanji with The Rock or with Robin Williams is cool too.


  • Choose a location and free up space for your fortress.
  • Build the walls of the fortress with the backs of chairs.
  • Place blankets over the backs of the chairs.
  • Lay layers of blankets on the floor between the seats.
  • Cover the walls of the fortress with (sofa) cushions.
  • Put a sheet over the seats to make a roof. Secure the edges of the sheet by placing heavy books on it.
  • Securely secure the sticks or broomsticks between (sofa) cushions.
  • Tie it up if necessary.
  • Drape another sheet over the stick(s) to create a second level of the fortress. Secure the sheets together with clothespins or clamps.
  • If necessary, use more sticks to raise the roof of the fortress.
  • Decorate the roof and 'ceiling' of your cabin with fairy lights (secure with clips) and other lights (battery-operated).
  • Set up your books, TV/tablet/laptop, some stuffed animals and snacks and hide in your fortress for the rest of the year.

Extra chill tip 1 : Make yourself the Happy place hut (why not), it's also a great place to meditate! Do you already know Headspace ? I'll tell you about that another time. First the cabin. Have fun x

Extra chill tip 2 : Disney's Encanto

Mariko Naber

Author - Mariko Naber
Mariko is the happy brain behind Happlify. Together with her partner Mark she runs Sell your stuff online, branding agency Loaded ink BNO and Atelier Naber . She loves feel good, random acts of kindness, meatballs, chocolate mousse, family time, zee, piña colada, sugar & spice and everything nice 💛

2 Responses

Je Zoon Scott

Je Zoon Scott

August 27, 2021

Hutten zijn cool!😁



July 01, 2020

Haha hele leuke post ! En inderdaad wat een heerlijke dingen om in de regen te doen (om de regen te ontlopen :P) haha. Zelf ben ik (met dank aan corona-tijden) er ook achter gekomen hoe je handig met de kids boodschappen kunt regelen. (Laat ze een lijstje maken op bijv: en degene die de challenge van de dag verliest, mag door de regen om het te halen. Zo wordt het voor (bijna) iedereen een leuke dag !

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