How to Build a Castle Out of Cardboard Boxes

    by Peggy Epstein

    About the Author

    Peggy Epstein is a freelance writer specializing in education and parenting. She has authored two books, "Great Ideas for Grandkids" and "Family Writes," and published more than 100 articles for various print and online publications. Epstein is also a former public school teacher with 25 years' experience. She received a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri.


    Children become intrigued with castles at a very young age and they continue to be fascinated with them for many years. Making castles out of recycled materials is a great family craft project. Personalizing their own castles gives kids lots of opportunity to express their creativity, followed by many hours of imaginative play as they let small dolls and action figures explore their castle creations.

    Things You'll Need

    • Large cardboard box
    • Four empty oatmeal containers
    • Four paper plates
    • Heavy-duty scissors
    • Craft knife
    • Heavy cord
    • White glue
    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Toothpicks
    • Colored cardstock
    • Spray paint
    • Black marker
    • Stapler and staples

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    Remove three of the four flaps from the top of the box. Turn the box over. The open part of the box---the part from which you cut the flaps---will become the floor of the castle. The opposite side will become the roof.

    Cut the drawbridge from the side of the box with the remaining flap. Make sure to leave the bottom of the drawbridge attached to the remaining flap.

    Cut as many windows and doors as you like using the craft knife.

    Cut windows in the oatmeal containers. Vary the size and shape, perhaps creating long, narrow windows in the oatmeal boxes and shorter and wider windows in the castle itself.

    Cut a rectangle in the top of the castle to allow access to the inside.

    Glue an oatmeal container on each corner of the top of the box. These containers will serve as towers for the finished castle.

    Make the turrets of the towers by cutting and discarding pie-shaped wedges from paper plates and then bringing the remaining edges of the plates together to form cones. Staple edges together. Hot glue the turrets to the towers.

    Make the battlements around the top of the castle by cutting rectangles out of the flaps you removed in the first step of the project. Glue them to the top of the castle, joining them at the corners for strength.

    Spray paint the entire castle with stone-colored paint. When dry, make stone-like markings with the black marker.

    Make small flags out of card stock. Glue the flags to toothpicks and attach to the center of each turret.

    Glue cord to each side of the drawbridge and attach to the castle.

    • Do not allow children to use craft knives or hot glue guns without close adult supervision.
    • Spray paint outdoors or in a well-ventilated area to avoid exposure to harmful fumes.

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