Turn a plain cardboard box into an enchanted castle. The cutting in this project is heavy-duty and should be done by an adult. The child can help by supervising, and by designing where the towers and turrets should go.
- A box (any size will do)
- Heavy duty scissors or a craft knife
- Crayons, paint, and/or markers
Find a box and cut off the top flaps. Any type of box will do: a large cardboard box makes a large castle, while a shoebox makes a small castle. To cut thick cardboard, try a craft knife. Poultry shears work well for thinner cardboard.
Cut out a wide rectangle along the front front, sides, and the back to form towers (turrets) at the corners.
Cut out rectangular crenelations along the entire top (the battlement) of the castle.
Draw a drawbridge at the front of the castle. Using the point of a scissors, poke 2 small holes in the sides of the drawbridge and on both sides of the wall next to it. Cut out the drawbridge.
Attach a string to each side of the drawbridge and the adjoining wall.
Decorate the castle with paint, markers, crayons, or decoupage (pictures that are cut from magazines and pasted onto the castle).