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!)