Monday, October 22, 2012

A castle out of a nappy box



My craft project for the weekend was to build a much wanted castle with my 4 year old. She requested it to be pink & pretty, so we searched around the house and found lots of colourful odd bits and pieces to use. There are lots of ready made castles out there that I could have bought, but I try to avoid buying too many big bulky plastic toys that will have to be discarded one day. Like our dollhouse that we made from a bookshelf, I wanted us to make the castle ourselves, teaching the value of spending time together, being creative and recycling at the same time. This is the finished product which took us a little over 3 hours to make from start to finish (with some interruptions from Mr 2 year old).

Before we started, of course, I headed straight to Pinterest for some inspiration. You can see my pins here on the Castles board. And then  I cyber-hopped over to Google for a 'how to make a cardboard castle' search. Here are two sites that I thought were good, TLC Family & Increations.

We didn't copy any of the designs in particular but rather took bits of ideas from here and there, and then made it up as we went along (I'm not one for following instructions).

Here's what we started with (a nappy box and some craft bits and pieces) and some photos to show you the steps along the way. It was a lot of fun but now I have requests to make a castle cake. I think I've managed to safely convince that we'll save that project for a 5th Birthday cake ..... which won't be needed for another 10 months. Phew!

I would love for you to share any links for anything castle related that you have made!


























During the previous week we spent one afternoon building a lego castle. But after it had been used for the week, it got dismantled (cause that's the fun part really!)





Tash

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17 comments:

  1. What a great job! My girl would go nuts if she saw that, shes all about the princesses and castles at the moment. The drawbridge/door is my fave bit, ace colours and functions! Brilliant!

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  2. Fabulous!!! Love the drawbridge!!!

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  3. Firstly Awesome project love it, Secondly another Aussie craft blogger love that, following you via GFC xo

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  4. It's great that we teach our children to recycle. Your castle is more than wonderful. Thanks for the lesson. Greetings from me and the Czech Republic.

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  5. This is so fun! When I first see the picuture, it looked like one big enough for kids. I love that it's small! My daughter would love this for her barbies. ;) I co-host a weekly link up (double the exposure for you!). I would love to have you come party with us, if you have time. Have a great week!
    http://christyscuties.blogspot.com/2012/10/tip-toe-thru-tuesday-link-party_23.html

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  6. This is beyond adorable love it. x

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  7. How creative! This is so adorable!

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  8. That is one of the prettiest castles I've ever seen! Great work Tash!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  9. This is gorgeous Tash. Thanks for linking up at Thriving on Thrusdays!

    Anne xx

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  10. This is so clever. I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  11. What an awesome castle! That bridge is amazing!

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  12. Thanks for linking up to my party! I wanted to let you know I picked your link to feature this week! See my post and grab my feature button here http://toastiestudio.blogspot.nl/2012/10/made-monday-43-picks.html

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  13. Thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday. We would love to have you join us again whenever you have the time. Have a great week!

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  14. Hi Tash! You're featured at tomorrow's party.

    Anne xx

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  15. Adorable! I think I like the colorful drawbridge part best - so clever. Would love for you to link this to my Craftastic link party - I always pin my favorites:)

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  16. Hi Tash, I've featured your pink castle today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/11/threading-your-way-features.html

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  17. What in the world!! This is great!!!! How creative!

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