Play castle DIY
This summer we made an amazing castle, which turned into a rocket ship, out of two cardboard boxes.
Of course, as soon as it rained the rocket was finished and had to be recycled. This was a source of much sadness, so we discussed how to make a more lasting play structure. My Mom came up with the idea of a corrugated plastic castle, and a project was born. D helped with every step of the castle, so this is definitely a project you can do with kids.
To to make this castle you need:
corrugated plastic (we got it from Home Depot);
grey felt (to cover the plastic)
An exacto knife
glue and paintbrushes (we used wood glue)
Lay the plastic flat outside and make three partial cuts down the side. These are where the corners of the castle will be (so you divide the plastic into three parts). Don't cut all the way through, just enough so that you can bend the plastic.
Next gently sand one side of the plastic (it should be slightly rough). Then mix glue with water (half and half) in a jar and mix until it's even consistency. Paint glue onto plastic and lay felt over the glue. Don't glue the corners of the castle that you just cut. Pat down the felt and leave it to dry.
After the glue has dried you can cut shapes into the castle. We opted for a pointed roof in the centre and castle shaped walls on either side. We also cut a door and a window.
Next we cut the multi-coloured felt into various shapes and sewed Velcro to the backs of the bigger shapes. Some of the shapes we sewed together (such as a bumblebee and a clock).
Finally, we put all the shapes onto the castle.
This castle can be folded flat for easy storage. It was an easy project, and took about 3 hours to assemble (with a 4 year old helping, it would probably take an hour of adult time).
Hope you enjoy making your own castle!