Castles are known for sparking the imagination of young and old alike. Whether inhabited by princesses and kings or wizards or soldiers, there's sure to be lots of pretend play when this recycled craft is finished...because making it is only half the fun!
- Utility knife
- 2 Cardboard tubes
- Glue gun
I started off by making the walls, using a utility knife (grown-up job!) to cut them out cardboard boxes. Then I added the crenelations (those are the notches at the top of the castle wall - yes, I had to look that up!). Hint: pencil in where you're going to cut first!). Don't forget to make the notches in the cardboard tubes as well.
Next it was time to paint. Kay picked...blue (what? no pink?!) for the towers. The painting part was my favorite. It's so relaxing to paint when it's all one color (in other words: fool-proof!).
After waiting for everything to dry, we needed to make a door. (We didn't want the residents to have to scale a wall every time they wanted to enter!) Kay drew the door she wanted with a pencil, and I cut out a much-simpler version of it with the utility knife.
Finally it was time to put this baby together! Kay has started using a glue gun and she gets pretty impressed with herself about it, too. (If you didn't have a glue gun, you could also use packaging tape to stick it all together.) At last it looked like more than just so many pieces of scrap from the recycle bin. I could totally see myself playing with and loving this when I was a kid (or these days when Kay is in school...shh!)
The last step - deciding who was going to live in this lovely abode. Out came the Frozen characters. (This was a few months ago; if we did it now there would be Little Ponies living here!)
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