The Cardboard Castle (a recycled photo story)

A cardboard castle can inspire fun creative role-play and story-telling – take a look!

Last week my parents made the boys this fantastic cardboard castle (complete with crenellations and working draw-bridge)!  Pickle and Chops decorated their own flags and then had a great time playing with it.

The Cardboard Castle

Cardboard Castle photo story

What you need to make a cardboard castle:

  • a HUGE cardboard box
  • masking or parcel tape
  • a craft knife or scalpel
  • some string/ribbon
  • pens/paint to decorate
  • straws
  • cardboard scraps

Cardboard Castle tutorial

How to make a cardboard castle:

  1. Lift all the flaps of your cardboard box up and fold them in half (down, inside the box)
  2. Tape the corners together to strengthen
  3. Use a scalpel (or sharp craft knife) to cut your crenellations along the top, then tape to reinforce
  4. Cut a drawbridge shape in the front of the box, leaving the base attached
  5. Make a small hole in the top of the drawbridge.  Thread some string/ribbon through and tie into a loop which you can use to close your drawbridge from the inside
  6. Cut some flags from cardboard scraps.  Decorate and stick these to straw ‘flagpoles’.  Tape the flags to the corners of your cardboard castle.
  7. Add details and decorate your cardboard castle with pens/paint

I loved the little details that the boys included (they drew ghosts and bats inside and windows outside the box).  Best of all, this cardboard castle cost almost nothing and provided hours of entertainment!

Have you made anything cool out of a cardboard box?
Here are 10 more cool cardboard box crafts from Mommyish if you’ve caught the bug!

And if you’re into recycling through crafting, take a look at In The Playroom’s junk modelling ideas and get inspired!


'The Cardboard Castle (a recycled photo story)' have 24 comments

  1. May 8, 2014 @ 12:17 pm Michelle Maggs

    This is such a great idea 🙂 Looks like there having fun x

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  2. May 8, 2014 @ 6:49 pm Hodge Podge

    Thanks Michelle – they really loved it. Grandad is the king of cardboard! 😉

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  4. May 8, 2014 @ 8:20 pm anna

    This looks like so much fun! Castles are the best 😀 Great way to fuel their imagination with just a simple cardboard box!

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  5. May 9, 2014 @ 1:32 am Kate Williams

    Love this, just need to buy something big to get a box!

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    • May 14, 2014 @ 6:33 am Hodge Podge

      Yay! We always seem to have one – obviously buy too much stuff! 😉

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  6. May 9, 2014 @ 9:04 am Emma @ P is for Preschooler

    I need to find a huge cardboard box – my daughter would love this! Your boys look like they had a blast with this one!

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    • May 14, 2014 @ 6:34 am Hodge Podge

      Thanks Emma. They really did!
      Often the supermarket will have big boxes that you can take home if you ask – enjoy! 🙂

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  7. May 9, 2014 @ 11:39 am Jenny @ The Brick Castle

    That’s ace. I love that it has a drawbridge too! That really is an excellent box 🙂

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    • May 14, 2014 @ 6:35 am Hodge Podge

      Thanks Jenny! I loved the drawbridge too. Maybe we should try to add a most too next time… 😉

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  8. May 9, 2014 @ 2:29 pm Steve

    What a cool castle. I would of loved that as a boy. Great idea

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  9. May 13, 2014 @ 10:26 pm Pinkoddy

    That castle is amazing my boys would love that. Thank you for sharing on the Kids Co-op I have pinned it.

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  10. May 26, 2014 @ 9:55 am Bonny Bonafilla

    That is an amazing thing todo if i want o tire my mum or my dog, Maxi. Love from Emi (age 8)

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    • May 28, 2014 @ 10:32 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Emi! 😀
      I never thought of that, but you’re right, I bet dogs like Maxi would LOVE to join in with this!!

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  12. March 31, 2015 @ 8:03 am Tarana Khan

    This looks really cool! I’m sure they had hours of fun in it 🙂 #pintorials

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    • March 31, 2015 @ 1:20 pm Hodge Podge

      They really did Tarana! Everyone was a bit sad to throw it out once it got too battered, but we can always make another one… 😉

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  13. March 31, 2015 @ 11:02 am Lindsey Kettle

    I love this idea and it looks like they are having so much fun using their imaginations to play with it :)x pintorials

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    • March 31, 2015 @ 1:26 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Lindsey – anything which means Daddy has to put on a silly voice and try to grab them seems to be popular in our house, so the giant was a perfect role for him! 😉

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  14. March 31, 2015 @ 3:38 pm Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This is great, we’ve made many a cardboard box house/castle/boat/spaceship! The kids love it, and will play with them for ages 🙂 #pintorials

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    • March 31, 2015 @ 3:45 pm Hodge Podge

      Oh yes – a spaceship is a great one Sara! Lots of scope for count-downs & blast off noises… 😉

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