We Made a Castle

June 20, 2012

We had some old boxes around, and after being inspired by this project which came from here originally, I decided to put my chief architect and castle builder (Andrew) in charge of building a castle. This is what we came up with.

If you're familiar with my project tutorials (of which there aren't many), you'll know that they go a little something like this: 'Um, we had some stuff and we did this with it. I'm actually not sure what we did.' Helpful, no?

So.....we had some boxes....and Andrew taped them together...you can tunnel through if you lay flat on your belly....I cut the castle ridge top design thingys with a box cutter (that was hard)...and then I taped a boatload of neon duct tape all over it. The neon tape is key. Must have the neon. That provides all the awesome.

We had a working drawbridge at one point, but the cats ate the string, so that was the end of that.

All in all, I think it looks super cool, but honestly, it's a bit wee for any kid over toddler size. Unless a kid wants to only sit down in it. Julia's not one for sitting down, like, ever.

Our next project is gonna be to get our hands on a refrigerator box and paint it and make a little summer playhouse. But she probably won't want to sit in that either. Basically Andrew and I did this for ourselves and it made us feel very self-congratulatory, which is always a feeling to shoot for, I think. Any opportunity to pat oneself on the back, you know. 

Tootle-pip! (I'm signing off all week this way. I'm more sorry than you are at my inability to stop.)






22 comments:

  1. Awesome! My kids love playing in cardboard boxes. Mostly, though, they try to get inside and bounce around or run around the house with the boxes on their heads.

    You can imagine how quickly the boxes start to deteriorate! But then Miss C. begs me to keep their "fort" or "doll house", even though it looks as though it's been stomped on and dragged behind a car for a mile or two. And since I'm a sucker, I let them keep them in her room until they're completely destroyed.

    You should send your post over to All for the Boys for their Fort Friday post (http://www.allfortheboys.com/home/tag/fort-friday). There's an email address somewhere at the end of that first post. :)

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    1. It is occurring to me that the cardboard box is perhaps the greatest thing to ever happen to childhood? I'll go check out that fort thingy, thanks for the tip!

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  2. Wow wow wowzy! My friends! These is SO amazing. You go girls!

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    1. I feel like a superhero with my neon duct tape! I can make anything look good! Or at least cover up what doesn't look good!

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  3. That is fantastic! I made the hubby come and see. I want to do this badly, but we have no room to keep it if we do. Yours is beautiful. I love the duct tape.

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    1. It is indeed a space gathering monster. I suggested that we might not keep it forever to Julia and she freaked out. I will say that it's very useful as a mess repository -- I throw whatever is on the floor in it....:)

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    1. That's me, the epitome of cool. HA HA HA!

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    2. Oh wait, you meant the castle.....

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  5. This is so much fun! I'd love to play with Julia in this beautiful castle - you rock, Melissa!

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    1. Thanks Miss P! I had a good time with that box cutter. :) It's a minor miracle that I managed not to hurt myself.

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  6. Wow! This is fantastic!!!! The neon tape is so beautiful--great job. I'm sure your cats love it. :)

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    1. Oh Vanessa, you get it totally! We also built it for the cats! They LOVE it. They hide and jump at us as we walk by...:)

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  7. Melissa - your castle is fantastic. May we share some of your photos with our audience on Built by Kids?

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Laura -- Just saw your GREAT LOOKING site!! How have I not seen it before?

      Of course you may share the photos! Sharing is caring. :)

      I'm off to get a closer look at that Imperial Skywalker project...my husband is going to want to make one of those...

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    2. You linked to us! We were actually the original post from Apartment Therapy. Thanks for doing the project and sharing it on your blog. Let us know if you do any Star Wars projects as well!!!

      p.s. - We were in Maui last month and get over there often. LOVE the islands like you do. We did some projects over there you might like. http://builtbykids.com/build-a-tree-swing-for-two-in-the-backyard/

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    3. Oh Laura, I'm so clueless at times. I thought your logo looked familiar when I saw it. Good grief.

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    4. Also, Maui No Ka Oi! ('Maui is the best':)

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  8. Look at you! and you're always saying you're not all that crafty... this is looking extremely crafty to me. extremely. The fact that the cats love their new castle, yet it's a bit too small for miss Julia- haha love it! (cat's and their boxes, I swear)

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    1. It's Andrew :) -- he's the crafty one around here! I am in charge of decorative effects only :) Yes, it seems that we have built the world's largest cat toy....

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  9. Love your castle! Thanks so much for bearing with me, I can't wait to rekindle the embers of my poor page xx

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    1. Thank you Miss Jeska! I would wait any amount of time for posts from you! You know your blog is My Happy Place.

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