When we went to visit my sister for Thanksgiving, my son played for hours with a cardboard castle that my nephew had built. I promised him that we'd make our own. And he didn't forget my promise. I procrastinated for a while because we didn't have enough boxes saved, but when they starting flowing from their corner in the dining room to other parts of the house I knew it was time to quit stalling and just make it.
Some things I learned:
- Cut the windows and doors BEFORE you tape the boxes together.
- Too much tape is better than not enough.
- The duct tape did not hold together as well as I thought it would, so I reinforced with some hot glue between the boxes.
- The only paint I found that would cover the boxes was acrylic. The darker the color, the better it covered.
|She's "helping" me.|
The ONE detail I came up with:
|Flag from a popsicle stick and ribbon|
Just a FEW of the details my nephew came up with:
|Paper clip drawbridge|
|Egg carton balcony|
|What would you call those jagged things? I don't know, but I love them.|
|That flag. And he used TWO shades of paint.|
Although my castles do not even come close to those of my nephew, my kids liked them anyway. I would say they got played with as much as, if not more, than the most popular Christmas gift this year. So either I don't know how to buy good Christmas gifts, or kids really do prefer playing with the boxes rather than the toys themselves.