How to make cardboard castles

Stretch your children's imaginations by helping them build a cardboard castle worthy of the finest prince and princess. A spectacular castle can be fashioned from using simple, easily found materials. Use play figures for the inhabitants of these castles, which are made from recycled cardboard objects. Create a series of castles to spark storytelling sessions. Children will be encouraged to develop problem-solving techniques while building the castles, as many options are available to create the castle of their choice.

Cut the back off the cardboard box and reinforce all box seams with masking tape. Cut out the windows, doors and a drawbridge.

Cut the rectangular tissue box in half and cut windows from the halves to make two turret bases. Cut the tall tissue box into battle stations, by cutting out rectangular spaces all along the top edges, and tape the stations to the turret bases. Cut holes in the top of the cardboard box, and tape the turrets over the holes.

Make towers from the mailing tubes by cutting tower doorways and windows. Cut circles from the red construction paper, roll into cones, tape closed and tape to the top of the towers.

Roll a newspaper section and tape it above the main doorway for an archway.

Cover all joints and seams with masking tape and paint entire castle with light grey acrylic paint. Dip the square sponge in the dark grey paint to sponge bricks on the castle walls.

Glue strips of yellow and blue construction around the wooden skewers. Cut construction paper into a flag shape and insert the flags in the tower tops.


Create steps, outbuildings and walkways with cardboard boxes, shoe boxes and cereal boxes.

Things You'll Need

  • Large cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Tissue boxes, rectangular and tall
  • Mailing tubes
  • Newspaper
  • Light grey acrylic paint
  • Dark grey acrylic paint
  • Small square sponge
  • Wooden skewers
  • Red, yellow and blue construction paper
  • White glue
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Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.