Gift Castle

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Turn Christmas or Birthday gifts into a Castle!
I started with the shipping boxes the gifts came in, and a few carpet roll tubes from a local carpet store. 1/8 inch masking tape to lay out the blocks and an exacto knife.
paint over any printing or labels on the boxes so they are a solid brown.
use the tape to lay out the blocks of the castle and paint everything gray. Don't go for a solid color because variations look more like stone.
remove the tape and start filling the boxes with gifts. I recommend doing this on site, where the castle will stay so you don't have to move everything more than once!
Once everything is stacked up, you can add details like windows and doors, drawbridges, turrets and flags. Let your imagination run wild!

I found pictures on line of castle windows and doors and printed them on sticker paper. You could lay them out with the masking tape as well.
For the drawbridge I cut a piece of cardboard, used sharpie markers to make it look like wood. Then took two small lengths of black chain and volia! a drawbridge! I used candy canes for the moat fence.
I used stickers to put emojis in the windows!
used cardstock to make the tower roofs, added two round gift boxes as extra turrets and pit a castle "Monster" (a stuffed Christmas Mouse) on top! It was a huge hit!!!
Suggested materials:
  • Cardboard shipping boxes   (for free when I ordered gifts on line!)
  • 1/8 inch masking tape   (2 large rolls from amazon and 4 smaller rolls from Hobby Lobby in the model department)
  • Spray gray primer and b lue 2 in one   (Home Depot)
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Dani Moore
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 01, 2017
    I love this!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

    • Dani Moore Dani Moore on Jan 01, 2017
      every year I turn my daughters family gifts into "something". One year it was a Christmas village, one year animals, one year I wrapped everything in plain white paper, took a black sharpie and drew coloring pages all over them. Each person had one gift with a colored marker set tied on it so the could spend the week before Christmas coloring their gifts. It's always fun looking for new ideas!