Have your guests enter in style with this DIY project. I have to give some credit to my husband for helping me on this one. We threw a Prince and Princess party for our daughter’s 3 year old birthday party, (check out my blog about the kids craft we did for the party Princess Party Craft) . It was a small party and I was looking for decoration ideas that were inexpensive. When a recent online order came in a giant box I knew I could make something out of it, recycle…reuse…equals zero dollars! I wanted something outside that was visible so the guests knew this was where the party fun was at. So what better than a castle entrance to create ambiance and boost the kids imagination of entering a real castle. I looked around to see if I had everything for the craft. I wanted a grey castle…I had white paint and black paint so I just mixed the two and voila, grey! I had card stock paper, all the glue, markers, tape and time so my husband and I got to creating.
- Cardboard box
- Box cutter
- Hot glue gun
- Paint brush
- Black marker
- Card stock paper
Card Board castle
Step 1. First, you need a box and depending on your entrance it needs to be a good size. We had this one on hand which was perfect. Thank you online shopping!
Step 2. You need to know what your working with so before you start cutting measure your entrance so you can create accordingly. Sometimes I get too excited and I skip steps and then by the time I realized what I did its too late. Preparation is key. Measure twice, cut once. Mark the box and cut off the excesses so you have the correct length of the castle entrance to work with. You will use one side of the box for the castle cut out and the other side for the draw bridge so don’t throw it away. Save the sides of the boxes and any excess because you will need some extra pieces later.
Step 3. Once you know the size of your castle length you can then make your arch for the bottom portion of the castle entrance. We measured the middle of the castle then drew one side of the arch. We cut that portion out then bend it over to use as a template to trace the other side of the arch, so both sides would match. Once that is done you can cut out what you traced for the arch opening. Save the arch piece you cut out, your going to use it later so make sure to cut out the arch all in one piece. This will become part of the wooden draw bridge.
Step 4. Now that the bottom portion is cut out on the castle you can start tracing the top portion. We used a ruler to trace out and measure the same difference in between the castle top outline. Once your good with what you traced you can cut it out.
Step 5. We used the extra pieces of the box , from step 2, that we didn’t need and hot glued it to the back of the castle to make it more sturdy.
Step 6. Now that the castle cut out is done, its time to paint! YAY! You can paint it whatever color you want. I thought about doing a pink castle, but ended up going with grey so it looked more like stone. We did not paint evenly. We wanted there to be sections that looked darker and some lighter. Wait for it to dry. This is where I pace back and forth and check to see if its dry yet, because I’m too excited to wait, my patience level is zero and I just want to see the finished product. I suggest stepping away and working on something else, this would be a good time to start working on the chain for the draw bridge. Once it is dry use a ruler and a marker to draw on rectangles so it looks like stones.
Step 7. Use the other side of the box and the arch cut out you saved from step 2 and 3 for the draw bridge, this is what your guests will walk on as they enter. My husband drew lines on the cardboard to make it look like planks of wood. We used brown duck tape to tape the two pieces together and to tape the back portion of the draw bridge down to the ground.
Chain for the Draw Bridge
Step 1. Take your card stock paper and cut strips to use as each chain link. I used two different shades of a blue so it added some dimension and I figured a chain link isn’t perfect and some links are darker and lighter.
Step 2. This is where patience comes in. Your going to tape one strip into a circle by taping the two ends together. Using the first circle you made you are going to do the same with another strip, but this time link it with that first circle. Do it over and over and over and then do it some more until you have the right length. I wasn’t sure how many cut out strips it was going to take, so I just kept cutting and cutting more strips until I had the right length. You will need two long chains for both sides of the draw bridge. Once I had one done I just made sure to make the other the same size.
Step 3. Attach the chain to the castle arch and the draw bridge. Pat your self on the back you are DONE!
You can accessorize the castle if you like. Add a couple flags or maybe a sign or color in a moat under the draw bridge with chalk. Great photo opportunity for your guests!