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DIY Cardboard Castle

DIY Cardboard Castle

Maria Provenzano and Ali Fedotowsky-Manno team up for this kid-friendly DIY.
  • Wardrobe Boxes
  • Flat shipping boxes
  • Square box
  • Small shipping boxes
  • Paint
  • Paint roller
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue


Start with cutting out door and window shapes, with a utility or X-acto knife. To add some extra fantasy/medieval touch to the windows, create a frame out of foam core and glue on to box

Cut the main door out of foam core board about 2” larger than the door. Then tape it down to the bottom of tower to create a hinge. Create holes in the top of the drawbridge, then thread string long enough to go through the tower and out on the other side. This way kids can pull the strings to make the drawbridge go up and down.

Using a square 2’x2’ box, draw triangles (peaks) on your box then cut. You should have four points or flaps. Bring the four flaps together and tape.

Each tower is a wardrobe box with a slot cut out of sides the same size of the width and height of the flat box. The flat boxes get inserted into tower slots to create the wall. The flat boxes have the smaller shipping boxes glued to the top. The tower tops are flat boxes with holes cut out the size of the wardrobe box, so it can fit on the wardrobe box like a hat. Then place the peak on top of center tower.

The flag and banner poles are length 1/2 dowel cut to size with wood balls glued on ends. The banner is a cut piece of purple felt embellished with pieces of yellow felt. The top of banner is simply rolled over pole and glued. To hang make a 3’ length of braid and two tassels from yarn. This is looped over pole ends and hung from a wall brick. The flag is a piece of craft foam cut into a medieval shape. Accordion fold it and let sit aside wrapped by rubber band or under a book for 15 minutes so the folds set in. Once unfolded the flag has a wavy blowing in the wind illusion.
This was glued onto a dowel pole. A small hole was cut into peak top (big enough to slide in but small enough to be snug).

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