How to make a cardboard castle: A fun activity for all!          

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Cardboard Castle

Have you always wanted to build your own castle? Well, you’re in luck because we have the perfect craft activity for you! Let your imagination run free and join your kids with this fun and easy idea! The method for how to make a cardboard castle remains the same – but how you decorate is completely up to you. Better yet, you decide whether your castle houses, knights, princesses, or even cardboard tube animals – because who said animals can’t live in castles!? Read on to find out how to make a at home for a creative playtime and hours of fun.

Building a castle out of cardboard: What you’ll need

One of the great things about this cardboard castle DIY-style is that it uses leftover packaging, so you’re not only teaching the children how make a cardboard castle, but also how to recycle in creative ways!

What you’ll need

  • Cardboard boxes and empty cardboard rolls from kitchen towels and toilet paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sellotape
  • Glue
  • Paint, paintbrushes, pens, stickers – whatever they’d like to use to decorate their cardboard castle.


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How to make a cardboard castle: step-by-step instructions

One of the great things about making a cardboard castle is that it uses leftover packaging, so you’re not only teaching the children how make a cardboard castle, but also how to recycle in creative ways! Find out more on how to make recycling fun for your little ones with our helpful guide. Now it’s time to get creative! Simply follow our step-by-step instructions to create your own castle out of cardboard! Happy crafting!

  1. Fabriquer Un Chateau En Carton 1 First create the castle roofs: To form the roofs of the towers, use coloured-in or printed paper to cut three circles with a diameter of 12cm, and two circles with a diameter of 15cm. Cut the circles in two, fold to form a cone shape, and tape the two sides together, inside the cone.
  2. Fabriquer Un Chateau En Carton 2 Next create the carboard castle towers: To make the towers, tape plain paper onto your kitchen towel rolls and toilet paper tubes. Leave the paper sticking out 3-4cm at the top of the roll, and 1cm at the bottom of the roll. On the bottom, fold the paper inside the roll. On the top, make vertical cuts in the paper to create a fringe, bend down, and add glue so you can glue it to the roof.
  3. Fabriquer Un Chateau En Carton 3 Position and assemble the cardboard towers and roofs: Position the cone roofs on the top ends of the covered cardboard tube towers (large cones on large tubes, small cones on small tubes). Push a pencil up from underneath to push the fringes onto the cone, to glue them together. You can also leave some towers with flat roofs, to stack them on top of each other.
  4. Fabriquer Un Chateau En Carton 4 Create windows and doors for your castle: Draw windows and doors on each tower with a pen, and add any other decorations that fit your chosen theme.
  5. Fabriquer Un Chateau En Carton 5 Create a base for your castle: Cover your cardboard box/es with paper – this will be the central base for your cardboard castle.
  6. Fabriquer Un Chateau En Carton 6 Assemble your castle: Place the largest tower tube with a flat top in the centre of the covered cardboard box, and stack a smaller one on top. You can top this with a tower that has a cone roof. Place the larger four towers with cone roofs around the box in the four corners, and another four smaller towers with cone roofs on top of the box, to complete your cardboard castle.
  7. Admire your magnificent handmade castle: Now, that all your hard work has paid off, it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back. Who knew that building a cardboard castle could be this easy? Well done!

What kind of cardboard box castle will you create?

Once you’ve got the basic cardboard castle DIY mastered, you can adapt around the following ideas:

  • Princess castle
  • Knight castle
  • Dragon castle
  • Space castle
  • Seabed castle
  • Fairy/elf castle
  • Animal castle.

All that’s left is to decide is what type of cardboard castle you’ll create first! With the power of your imagination, you can create a masterpiece from recycled cardboard, all whilst doing your bit for the environment. Now that sounds fantastic!

We hope you found our guide on how to make a castle out of cardboard fun and easy-to-follow. Don’t forget to always recycle your carboard once you’re done with it! Break it down first, and then leave it in the paper bin. Otherwise, you can also compost it for mulch and gardening.

If you enjoyed reading this article, you might want to take a look at our family life hub. It’s full of great craft ideas, including making a handmade bunting and easy paper crafts to keep your children occupied, without the mess.






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