Introduction: Build Your Own Castle

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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.

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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

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

Draw the crenellations and door.

Step 3: Cutting the Crenels.

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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.

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#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!

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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...


lionwatch (author)2011-12-10

Really cool! Great job!

bridgetomalley (author)2011-12-09

For kids whose dreams are already dashed!

jvan dijk1 (author)2011-12-08

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.

Kiteman (author)jvan dijk12011-12-08

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.

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2007-10-20

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".

rhoddity (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2010-11-04

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...

A good name (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-07-28

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

kingbirdy (author)2009-07-31

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))

Lithium Rain (author)2007-12-02

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

Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2007-12-03

He says "thank you".

footer0 (author)Kiteman2008-01-23

hmm takes right after you with that hat and the glass ya know AHEM[ KITEMANS VIKING HAT AND ODD GOGGLES ] EEHEHMEEHEHHM nice job i made one for my brother T_T congrats the kid for meh

Rotten194 (author)footer02009-05-18

Wat? (to Footer) Good job, #2 kid. I'm a #2 kid too (no pun intended).

footer0 (author)Rotten1942009-05-21

Let me clarify that comment, "Hmm takes right after you with that hat and the glasses, you know AHEM (His fathers viking hat and goggles) COUGH COUGH. Excellent job, congratulate him for me. I made one for my brother."

Brother_D (author)2009-04-28

Good for him jumping on the instructables bandwagon so early!

Gizmo_gal (author)2008-02-08

#2 son, your castle rocks! I'm gonna keep my eye out for a big cardboard box. My brothers (2 and 4) are gonna LOVE this. I swear it. You're such a cute little kid. Keep up the great work, tell Daddy to notify me if you make any other projects' umkay?

A good name (author)Gizmo_gal2008-07-28

Holy crap this is so wierd.

Kiteman (author)A good name2008-07-28

What is weird?

And why is my inbox full of your comments today?

Berkin (author)Kiteman2009-01-13

Nothing is weird. You just don't see instructables from people this young very often. Change is good. ANd This is a good instructable.

Top Dog (author)2007-11-13

So much for the 13 yr. old rule, LOL. Just kidding.

Berkin (author)Top Dog2009-01-13

I sure hope you're kidding... Great job, #2 Kiteson!!!!!!!!!!

Wafflicious (author)2009-01-10

kiteson #2- you probably make kitedaddy very proud.

Kiteman (author)Wafflicious2009-01-10

They both do.

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-07-31

#2 get daddy to buy you a pellet gun and have war with #1 and his awesome French knitting thing!

A good name (author)2008-07-28

Which reminds me: 1agal;lkjas;dquewrpqoiwetopoqiwetscribblefartkitemanspa;lalkjsljaslkjd

Kiteman (author)A good name2008-07-29

>sharp jab to the ribs!

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Kiteman (author)X_D_3_M_12007-11-03

Er, if he added a lid, wouldn't it just be a cardboard box again...? LOL

A good name (author)Kiteman2008-07-28

No, it would be a tank, you know, something Leonardo da Vinci like... you know except the wheels both move in the same direction... was I digging for the bottom of the barrel there?

X_D_3_M_1 (author)Kiteman2007-11-03

but itd have a door. so he can stil take over poland!

karramarro (author)2007-08-12

It reminded me my cat's apartment :)

altaria1993 (author)karramarro2007-10-20

whats the FU about??

Kiteman (author)altaria19932007-10-20

Maybe it's the name of the cat?

A good name (author)Kiteman2008-07-28

Yes kite, that's what it is /sarcasm :D

karramarro (author)Kiteman2007-10-20

Right. The complete name is fungus. He appeared on a street and he was sick .

altaria1993 (author)karramarro2007-10-22

ooh, it also could be something a little more harrasing than fungus :P

Kiteman (author)karramarro2007-08-12


DJ Radio (author)2008-07-06

Did you see that episode of the simpsons where they did that?

Lithium Rain (author)2007-12-04

You're welcome. :-)

Vendigroth (author)2007-11-15

Well done Kiteson #2! If i may make a suggestion: Different-coloured castles can be used in a castle war. The more colours, the more players!

astrozombies138 (author)2007-10-22

This child is my hero. And no matter how old i am taking heavy books and putting them on the corner of blankets and stretching them is still an amazing fort.

altaria1993 (author)2007-09-22

if i were 7 years younger..... great instructable #2 son ! maybe you should ask your daddy to make some sort of cardboard cannon, or use your dad's Cracker Chucker® ;) alty

Kiteman (author)altaria19932007-09-22

Hey, he got to have a medieval catapult battle with his brother in their bedrooms - what more do you want?

Actually, a cardboard cannon is quite a good idea...

altaria1993 (author)Kiteman2007-10-20

i had this bet with a frined of mine, that i would sleep in a cardboard box for 5 days, i had 3 days so far :D

Kiteman (author)altaria19932007-10-20

Our Beavers (little Cubs) do an annual sleep-over in cardboard boxes to raise awareness of homelessness.

Goodhart (author)2007-10-15

*thumbs up* the doors are nice too. Does he take after Pop (the Duct Tape I mean)?

When I was that age, we used boxes too, but rarely were able to alter them in any way except in our imagination (anything that would cut cardboard was forbidden as a dangerous tool).

Kiteman (author)Goodhart2007-10-15

He loves any adhesive tape, but Duct Tape is grown up tape.

Goodhart (author)Kiteman2007-10-15

I see. Well that is especially true of the stuff we use at home (you could remove the hair off your arm with this stuff). It is great to get such an early start. My Dad used up a whole box of fuses trying to wire up 2 "3-way" switches. I didn't get much encouragement in this area while growing up. He is a very fortunate fellow indeed.

CameronSS (author)2007-08-13

#2 Son: Great job on your first Instructable! It's waaaay better than a lot of the junk on here. Kiteman: With you as Daddy, your kids are going to be rocket scientists when they grow up. karramarro: If you happen to read this, cute cat! Yes, I am a high school sophomore who used the word "cute."

Kiteman (author)CameronSS2007-08-13

#1 son wants to be an engineer of some variety (he's 10), #2 son wants to do something that means you can wear wellingtons all day...

Goodhart (author)Kiteman2007-10-15

Over here a Wellington is something we eat ;-)

Wait a minute, isn't that an English dish ? You all have more than one Wellington? ;-)

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