Is it easy to build a castle

Building a castle: 7 brilliant ideas for the children's room

The children's room becomes a restricted zone for parents when it comes to building a castle. If you want to enter, you first have to pass the wobbly suspension bridge and show a valid reason to be allowed to enter.

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Perhaps you can also quickly fight for a higher rank among your children with our seven ingenious ideas for building a castle and you will be appointed top builder.

1. Turn the door to the children's room into a castle gate

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Open the gates and step inside: this ingenious castle gate transforms the entire children's room into a huge castle. With just a few materials you can make it together with your little knights:

  • empty cardboard boxes for the bridge and the castle facade
  • Paint colors and brushes
  • cord
  • Glue
  • double-sided adhesive tape (to fix the castle facade only stick on the door frame, not on the wallpaper)
  • blue masking tape or blue moat blanket

Alternatively, instead of cardboard boxes for the castle wall, you can also use wallpaper with a stone look, which looks even more authentic. For the moat you use blue masking tape, which is available in every craft store. Or you can simply put a blue blanket or sheet under the bridge to achieve a similar effect.

If you still have some cardboard or cardboard left over, decorate the castle facade with a few torches, which you can place to the left and right of the castle gate.

2. Build a castle from popsicle sticks

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Eating ice cream more than 247 times? Children's eyes will surely shine with joy in this castle project. Admittedly, we haven't counted exactly how much ice cream you would have to eat to collect enough stalks for this fortress. But one thing is certain: it would be a great deal.

If that takes too long or if you have health concerns with so much ice cream, you can of course also use inexpensive wooden or ice cream sticks (72 pieces / 1.50 euros) from the craft store or supermarket.

In this video you will learn all the steps on how to build the castle yourself from popsicle sticks, as well as information on all the necessary materials and tools:

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3. Paint the fortress on the sheets

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Instead of using cardboard boxes or wallpaper, you can alternatively paint the fortress on a large bed sheet. Everything you need for this in addition to a few paints, brushes and a large sheet: a lot of space. The best thing to do is to move into the living room or, if the weather is nice, into the garden.

So that you can later paint the outlines neatly on the sheet, it is best to place it on a flat surface and bring it to a little tension. Sketch the contours with pencil beforehand. This will make it easier for your children to paint later. You cut out the castle gate and window beforehand, then the castle only has to be hung in the children's room. For example on a loft bed.

By the way, sheets are also great for building cool caves. What else you need for the perfect cave in the nursery, see for yourself:

4. Build a castle from wooden blocks

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If your kids would rather build a castle out of blocks of wood, warn them that they are unlikely to win a battle with this rickety fortress.

However, this castle variant is ideal for training dexterity, concentration and sensitivity. There are no limits to the design of the fortress, as it can be constantly rebuilt and expanded.

A little tip: So that the castle made of wooden blocks does not collapse while romping around wildly, it is best to establish a few rules of conduct with your children beforehand or mark an area in which you are not allowed to jump.

5. Make a miniature castle from toilet paper rolls

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You can of course also build castles in small format, for example from empty toilet paper or kitchen rolls and shoe boxes. They are perfect as a playhouse for all Playmobil figures and are a nice upcycle alternative to expensive toys from the store.

Do you have empty toilet paper rolls at home to do handicrafts, but you are still lacking ideas? Then you might find what you are looking for in our article Tinkering with toilet paper rolls: 10 creative ideas for children.

6. Build a castle tower from cardboard boxes

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It is an all-rounder: the cardboard box. The foldable cardboard boxes are not only suitable for removals or for stowing unused objects. You can also use them as a basic framework for building a castle.

You can find step-by-step instructions and photos of the construction of the castle on brandon.com (in English). Would you like more craft ideas with cardboard? Then take a look at our article Handicrafts with cardboard: 10 ingenious game ideas for children.

7. Build a knight's castle from wooden panels

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This fortress can withstand a lot, because it is made of sturdy multiplex panels and it gets even better: It consists of several modules that your children can set up independently and flexibly. True to the motto: Make two out of one castle.

You can watch a great tutorial on the knight's castle made of wood, including a lot of tips, on the Made by myself YouTube channel.

The construction project is also great for doing the first little woodwork with your children and letting them help themselves. However, when crafting with young children, we recommend that you take a few precautions beforehand: