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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cardboard Princess Castle

For Meagan's 5th birthday, she wanted a Princess party. So we invited some friends, and they all arrived in pretty dresses. We did some crafts, ate cupcakes, and read stories in our special castle.

To make the cardboard castle, I got two large cardboxes from a small hardware store near our house. You can check other stores, or ask around if any friends have had large deliveries that provided a lot of cardboard.

Cut pieces to look like turrets, towers, windows, doors. 

I used a lot of duct tape to keep the pieces together on the back side. One trick I found to keep the towers from bending over though was to tape large paint stirrers (like the kind you'd use in a 5 gallon bucket) to the backs of them, and it really helped make them sturdy.

Then pick up a couple of paint samples to paint the outside of the castle. I used pink for the body, and purple for "stones" around the windows and door.

The streamers and strings of lights are all taped up to one of those corner ceiling hooks found in all 70's houses. I finally found a use for it! Perfect for a princes party, don't you think?

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  1. That is fantastic! I'm not sure if you have a little girl that can use this after the party but if so, she's a lucky little girl! Great job!

  2. Thanks C!
    Yeah, it was for my 5 year-old's party. We left it up for a long time afterward too :)

  3. Yay! A use for 70's corner hooks! Finally!

  4. Sorry but i can't see your Cardboard princess castle, there's no image of it.

  5. Christine--I still see it on my computer, but if it still doesn't work for you later, I'd be happy to email you a picture. It really did turn out cute!

  6. Thank you Steph, I use Firefox but thought i'd look in I.E and it shows up fine. Weird how Firefox shows some pictures and not others.

    My little girl would love to have something like this in her bedroom, to completely surround her bed...:-) Great Job!