DIY Shoe box Castle

Shortly after our daughter arrived a year ago, I decided that I wanted to pass my love of craft down to her.  While we can’t chose what our kids like or don’t like, we do have some influences, so I thought that I would always make my daughter gifts for her birthdays and Christmas. I wanted her to see that toys don’t have to be bought, and for her to understand the time and effort that goes into making toys at home.  I realize at one year of age, this is not very relevant to her, but you might as well start off on the right foot.

Unfortunately when I made this decision, I was enjoying my full workshop and house full of crafty tools.  Move ahead one year and I am in Paris in an apartment that is less than 300 sq/ft and my tools consist of a leatherman and duct tape…  Being in Europe, I felt a castle was appropriate, while I figured she’d be just as happy with an empty box, I did really enjoy the project.

A shoe box was quickly turned into a castle using the leatherman and a small amount of clear duct tape.  Next a toilet paper roll was attached as a turret, with a pointed roof coming from a paper shopping bag.  I decorated the outside walls of the castle with some permanent markers, drawing a dragon, a moat, some trees, and even some ivy growing up the sides.

The castle needed a kind and queen of course, and what better thing to use than some empty film cans.  My daughter already loves playing with the film cans, and adding a face to each and throwing a few pennies inside made them all the more fun.

She loved it. And although the turret was pulled off in the first 5 minutes of play, she is still enjoying her castle several days later.  I’ve been reading a lot of made by joel lately, and I hope to be the same with my kids as he is with his.  I found it fitting that after making the project, I saw he had done a post on doll houses

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