I came up with this fun cardboard box castle for the boys to play with. They thought it was awesome – especially the tower you can drop people down and the “secret door” I added in the back. Something to know going into this craft – it’s functional and durable as opposed to super pretty, because that’s the way we are around here.
- Cardboard box
- Cardboard dividers (mine came from the box of canned pumpkin we get from Amazon)
- Misc cardboard scrap
- Duct tape
- Box cutter
- Any other decorative affects you might want to add
Start with the box that will be the main part of your cardboard castle. Cut off all four top flaps of the box.
Cut out a front main door in the box, leaving the flap attached so it can be shut.
Now take your cardboard dividers…
And cut them to fit how you want them inside your castle box. My dividers were close to the size I wanted – I just had to trim the edges a bit.
Once you’ve designed the walls as you want them, cut doors into the walls..
You can add a hidden door in the back if you’d like. I kept the flap attached so they could shut it.
Take one of the cardboard flaps you cut off of your box and slide it on top of a portion of your walls. This will make a second level of your castle. Don’t tape this in yet.
Now we’re going to make a tower on top of this level.
Cut 4 cardboard rectangles of the same size that will fit on top of the second level of the castle.
Use the duct tape to tape the cardboard pieces together. Leave a small gap between each piece as you are taping so when you assemble it, the corners will fit nicely.
Make sure your tower fits…
Then attach it to the floor. You can slide this whole piece back into the satle
I made a ceiling for the tower with a hole in it. Because my kids think it’s hilarious to drop things down holes over and over again.
Using scissors or your box cutter, carefully cut some crenelations for your castle. What is a crenelation you ask? It’s the little juts that stick up from the walls. And the only reason I know what they are called is because for some reason Tim knew what they were called.
Fun fact: Tim has a much better vocabulary that I do, but I can spell better. There’s been more than once that he knows a word I don’t, but I even when I’ve never heard of the word, I can still spell it better than he can.
And there we have it! A fun little castle. They had a lot of fun playing with it.
Especially dropping things down the tower.