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Introduction: Build Your Own Castle

Daddy?

Yes?

Can I borrow that box? I need to do an Instructable?

Yes, #2 son has done an Instructable. He's only six, so be nice. (ahem) It's his first Instructable...

Step 1: What You Need.

You need a big box, a big pen, a big pair of scissors, and the last of Daddy's duct tape.

Step 2: Get It Ready

Stick the flaps together with the duct tap to make the box taller.

Draw the crenellations and door.

Step 3: Cutting the Crenels.

Crenellations are important. It's not a castle if it doesn't have crenellations.

Did you know that the crenels are the gaps, not the sticky-up bits?

#2 son found it easier to cut all the vertical cuts first, then bend bits over to cut them off.

Step 4: The Door.

Daddy...

#2 son decided I should use my Instructables knife to cut the door.

Holes got poked so he can pull the doors shut from inside.

Lumps of card duct-taped to the inside of the doors made slots to put a bar across the doors.

Step 5: That's It!

For now, the castle is finished, but #2 Son has plans - he's thinking about painting it to be more realistic (real castles are painted white inside), and is keeping his eye out for more card to make a drawbridge...

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Really cool! Great job!

For kids whose dreams are already dashed!

Nice one!

So did anyone suggest a tow-bridge yet? (is that what you call it in english?)
of course you cannot make a gate AND a bridge out of one side of the box. So it would be a replacement of the nice rounded gates you got there.
With some rope I used to make a door that goes down, becomes a bridge, and then you can pull it up again when you're inside.

It's a draw bridge in English ("draw" can also mean "pull").

I'm afraid that the castle is long-gone, and #2 son is not so keen on cardboard box castles as he was four years ago.

You just brought back memories. When I was younger, I made a really cool foxhole out of a TV box. It had two little window flaps cut so that they opened from the inside by pulling a string. It was big enough for two people. We used it a lot in finger gun wars. Unfortunatly, it got recycled, or "destroyed by enemy bombs".

Yeah, when I was little we actually dug out our foxholes, and sometimes put trash can lids or cardboard on top to turn them into pillboxes, then use old plumbing parts (line-in only =P) to use as machine gun, rifles, rpgs, and even "future-tech" weapons. We would also use anything we could toss as grenades. Ah, good times...

Lol, "finger gun wars" (I don't even want to know.

great 'ible, #2! keep up the good work! just remember, if you make something that turns out to be highly explosive and deadly, post an ible so we can make one to! (just kidding(maybe))

awwwww... how sweet. nice job, #2 son!!

He says "thank you".