The inspiration for this craft came from a very memorable sleepover from when I was 12 years old. After my parents dropped me off at my friend’s house for her sleepover birthday party, her parents escorted me upstairs to an old, cleaned out playroom where they had created a 300 square foot cardboard box maze. They told me that the box maze was a tradition. Apparently, their daughter’s third birthday coincided with the family moving into their new home. The parents had taped the moving and appliance boxes together to create a maze and it was a big hit. The guests were disappointed the one year that the parents tried to retire the box fort. In other words, if you do this party activity, make sure that you do this only once.
Don’t worry if you don’t have 300 square feet to put a castle. I’ve got some plans for you to make the right sized castle for your princess. Having the girls crawl through the castle is great entertainment while you’re waiting for everyone to show up for the party.
This pink princess design is for ages 2-5. The approximate cost of the activity is $66. This project will take hours to complete. The castle size is 66 inches (Length) by 54 inches (Width) by 40 inches or 48 inches in height depending on whether you use a medium sized box or a small box.
- 4 XL boxes
- 1 Large box
- 6 Medium or Large boxes
- 1 box cutter
- 2-3 rolls of duct tape
- 2 cans of pink spray paint (but you can make it whatever color you want) or use tempora paint if you have enough patience
Label each box as a part in the castle. Any thick line in the photo below indicates the you shouldn’t cut a crawl space there. Draw a child-sized arch entrance for every skinny line and use a box cutter to cut it out . Once all of the holes are cut, you should tape the boxes together tight. Remember, this has to survive a little kid!
You can spray paint the boxes now or after you duct tape them together.
It may seem as though you have 2 extra boxes. Use these to create 2 towers above the XL boxes. If have extra cardboard, then you can create decorative features.