This tutorial will teach you how to make a cardboard castle using boxes you may have around your house. This cardboard project is perfect for a birthday party, a playroom, or an afternoon activity!
Do you think Susie would be able to create Minecraft swords without training from a cardboard master?
Our mom created puppet show stages, giant trees, castles, and an old west town with refrigerator boxes and paint.
When I popped open that bottle of pink tempera paint, I was flooded with memories of watching my mom create backdrops for our school plays.
For all those who don’t have paint fume flashbacks to help you out…here is a step-by-step guide for how I made the cardboard play castle for Little Miss’ princess birthday party.
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Tips for making a cardboard castle
- Make the majority of your project before the event. Then assemble the pieces in their final resting place.
- Determine what you want to happen inside the castle. We added mirrors and jewelry so that the kids could play princess.
- You can make your castle any color you want! We chose pink because it is my little girl’s favorite color.
- Large cardboard boxes
- Tempera Paint
- Shims or paint sticks
- Inexpensive Plastic Table Clothes
- Packing Tape (or other strong tape)
- Glitter (optional)
- Hot Glue
Optional Items for playing in your castle
- Fake Flowers
- Costume Jewelry
- Small Mirrors
- Foam stickers
- Box Cutter
- Paint Brushes
- Something sharp to poke holes into the cardboard
- Take apart all of your boxes along the seams
- Play around with arranging the boxes until you find a shape that you like that will stand on its own.
- Paint the outside of the boxes at least 2 coats of tempera paint. You may need a third coat if the print on the boxes is extra dark.
- To keep the box flaps upright, use hot glue to attach shims (or paint stir sticks) across the folds.
- Once the paint is dry, reassemble the boxes into your castle shape. If you are transporting your castle later, hold the pieces together using binder clips and or clothespins.
- With a sharp box cutter, cut out a door, windows, and whatever else you want to make your cardboard castle.
- I left the bottoms of the windows attached so that the kids could close the windows.
- Begin to paint the details. I used purple paint to paint the window detail and bricks around the doorway.
- Glue 2 pieces of the inexpensive table cloth to the inside of the doorway.
- Move your castle to its final destination to assemble it. Poke holes in the corners and attach the boxes together using string.
- Line the floor with another unfolded box. Then cover it with an inexpensive table cloth. Make sure to tape the doorway down really well.
- We added some glitter to parts of the castle. This is optional.
- "Plant" some flowers around the doorway.
- Decorate the inside with things that you already have. I used some foam stickers that I had from Hobby Lobby.
- Hang some mirrors and add some dress-up items to encourage interactive play.
How to use this DIY princess castle
This giant castle is perfect for a lot of activities.
- Create a fun castle station in your classroom or daycare.
- Use it as a birthday party activity. It’s perfect for younger kids.
- Put in your basement for days of creative play.
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