How to Build a Chic Cardboard Castle

We live in New York which poses some interesting challenges with kids. We don’t have a backyard so we improvise a lot. The cardboard castle has become a great go-to indoor project for bad weather – in fact this castle was built in the middle of hurricane Irene! My kids love to plan and build the castle and then play in it for hours. This one is still standing and we have since added a jail and dungeon.

I love the cardboard castle project because the necessary tools are always readily available and it’s a great recycling story. Whether the box is small enough for animals or dinosaurs or big enough to crawl around in – the concept is the same and always very creative.

Here is what you need:

Tools & Materials

Household supplies and materials include
1. Scissors
2. Glue stick
3. Colored tape
4. Colored pens and markers
5. Large cardboard boxes

Step 1 – Collect your materials

For this particular castle – we used tape as the décor. My kids love decorating with tape. You can use stickers, paint, fabric or even left over wallpaper and anything really. Grab some boxes and go.
Materials Vert How to Build a Chic Cardboard Castle

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Step 2

We usually start with the front door. Isabelle and Will discussed it and decided to make it arched.
DrawingPattern How to Build a Chic Cardboard Castle

Step 3

For this castle Isabelle decided that we should use some scrap fabric (luckily we have a lot!) from the office for curtains.
Curtain How to Build a Chic Cardboard Castle

Step 4

With some help from the parents – cut out windows.
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Step 5

Clean up the edges
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Step 6

Start decorating
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Step 7

The hole in box makes a perfect mail slot!
MailDetail How to Build a Chic Cardboard Castle

Step 8

Put all the pieces together make your castle as big as you like. Hang your window treatments too.
DecorationDetail How to Build a Chic Cardboard Castle

Step 9

Move in and enjoy!
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  • Carrie Jacobs

    Absolutely love this project!!! Hope ours comes out as beautiful as this.

  • Megan

    Hi my name is Megan,
    At school, in History, i need to build a castle out of cardboard!!! Though i need a bit of help with ideas of how to do that!!! please please help me!!!
                   Megan (year 7) :)

    • http://builtbykids.com Built by Kids

      Hi Megan!

      You’ll see the instructions above – that should help with your project.  Good luck!

  • Priojectieo

    Seems cool. Awesome! How long would that take to build?