cardboard box castle

My kids have always wanted a castle to play with. But when I looked for one they were very expensive. So I thought I’d do what I did when I was a child and make one out of a cardboard box. I used an old Indian takeaway box.

I started of by cutting the flaps off from the top. Then cutting out little rectangle shapes around the top to make the top of the castle. I then cut out a window and a door. You can also add some thread to the door to make it into a drawbridge

We added one of the cut of box flaps to the inside to make a little second floor in the castle

Next we got on to painting the castle. We decided to paint it grey. “but how can we paint it grey” asked Caitlin (4), “We don’t have any grey paint”. I explained to them that if we mix a bit of black paint with some white it would make grey. They both really enjoyed mixing the paint and thought it was magic when it turned to grey.

They also painted a bit of the inside to “make it look pretty” said Caitlin.

“It’s the wallpaper” said Aaron (3)

We painted the box with two coats to hide all the words and pattern on the box

We don’t have any knights, so we raided the toy box to see what we could find. The kids decided to use the cavemen and monsters below, as the baddies, who were trying to get into the castle to kidnap the princess. The little white dog belongs to the princess.

here’s the princess and of course the princess needs to have a toilet in her castle

We used army men as the good guys, who where trying to protect the castle and the princess from the baddies.

Here Caitlin and Aaron are setting up the castle ready to have fun playing with it

Have you ever made toys from cardboard boxes?


Here are some other things that I have made using cardboard boxes

Sensory Boards
sensory boards

Our Breakfast Box
breakfast box
Scrapbook Paper Shoe Boxes
scrapbook paper shoe boxes

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38 comments on “Cardboard Box Castle”

  1. What a clever idea! My son would love to play with this. Kids of course do not care whether it’s cardboard or the expensive toy castle. I love your other inventive uses of cardboard as well, especially the sensory boards!

  2. That’s a great diy castle that your kids are having a ball with. My oldest son is 12 and he loves making things out of cardboard like swords and a huge Lego guy which required lots of duck tape as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh wow – these are great ideas. I never thought you could create a castle that way — I should have thought of that when I was younger. ๐Ÿ™ Love the idea of the sensory boards too … they’d make great educational aids.

  4. This is such a cute and fun idea. When I first started dating my hubby he had a cardboard box castle in his room. Should have been a deal breaker…but he made up for it with his charms lol. Strangely enough my kid is not into cardboard boxes heheh But he loves doing crafts with me so this would be a fun thing for us to do together!!

  5. Very cute and creative out of something so simple. I bet this was and will be hours of fun for your kids and as much or more fun that any expensive toy. I love that the Princess had to have a toilet in her room, LOL.

    My kids are grown but they had hours of fun with boxes when they were younger.

  6. I remember when I was young and my parents got a giant box my brother and I would try to go inside of it; we would build box forts and such. Boxes can be so much more fun than they are given credit for.

  7. That’s a really great idea. When you introduce this kind of thing to kids, they realize that not everything has to be purchased from a store. Many things can be created from things we have at home!

  8. I used to love making things like this when I was a kid. I used to make houses for my toys with shoe boxes and go mad on the glitter glue. Liked them just as much as expensive plastic toys.

  9. That’s a cute idea. I have to start doing things like this with the kids more often. Why buy expensive toys when you can make one? And with kids, making stuff is part of the fun!

  10. Awesome idea! There are so many ways to use up cardboard boxes so I have stopped throwing them in the trash. I have not yet made a castle for my son so maybe we will try this one out ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This inspired us to make our own castle with my toddler. He painted it himself so it is a blue, red and purple castle -very original. Thank you for the idea.

  12. i use to make castles houses and even little make believe cars out of boxes for my children when they were young ,they had a lot of fun

  13. With the weather so unsettled this is just perfect for us to make, this will be fun I can see Lydia’s Barbies/Elsa being scared by Dominic’s dinosaurs to gain entry to the castle….this should be entertaining, I love hearing the stories they make up together!

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