Making toys from the boxes the toys came in.

What do a large extended family and numerous Christmas celebrations mean when you have two small Children? Apart from a lot of driving and eating.

A lot of presents for two small children! We are, of course, incredibly grateful for said presents, except perhaps for the teddy bear thrash CD. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Thrash tunes, just not really thrash renditions of “Old Macdonald”, but you know, maybe it will help me with introducing them to the Pixies. Who knows, anyway, I’m rambling AGAIN!

So… what do a lot of presents for two small children mean? Apart from even less room for adults in our very small, increasingly cramped flat. It means a lot of cardboard. And you know how much I like Cardboard. Hellz Yeah!!!

Being as I am, enamoured with all things cardboard, I have thought up a couple easy projects to make with our 2 year old. The first of which is our very own Castle. There’s a certain irony to the fact that we live in a small flat that is full of cardboard and I choose to make a castle. Don’t you think?

Anyway, I’m really happy with how it turned out and so is the wee man, so much so that I don’t think it’s going to last very long but that’s OK as it’s just cardboard and I have definite plans for improvement. Speaking of plans though, check out below for a step by step guide to making you’re own cardboard castle.

How to make a cardboard castle or Mi Casa, Su Casa.

See what I did there with the title? I’m going to make a printable for this one so check back soon. I reckon it’s a couple of days away at least but definitely within the week.

  1. First of all, keep it simple. A bit of frontage, A draw bridge type door and that’s about all you need. Sketch it out super rough on what ever you have to hand. (All the best stories talk about plans drawn on napkins so go bananas. I sketched ours on a banana.
  2. Grab your boxes for recycle, pick the best side and just go for it. Cereal boxes would be a pretty good size for this sort of thing. When your cutting your main piece for the front, be sure to leave a flap on the bottom to help it stand up.
  3. Cut out your shapes. For this particiular castle, we’ll need, the front wall, two towers, turrets for the towers, I used some extra card to give it a bit more dimesion on the towers and I also added a shelf for leggo men or as we cal them “Dudes” to stand on.
  4. Draw on the details. You might prefer to swap this with step 3 but I find it easier to cut the shapes blank.
  5. Glue that bad boy together and leave overnight. I used some paper clips poked into the bottom and the side to act as supports to help it stand. See pic.
  6. Play with it till it breaks
Yeah, this definitely needs some more thought as far as instructional text goes, but I reckon you could work it out.
Have fun