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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...
 
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Step 1: What you need.

Picture of 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 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!

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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...
lionwatch3 years ago
Really cool! Great job!
For kids whose dreams are already dashed!
jvan dijk13 years ago
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 dijk13 years ago
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.
kingbirdy5 years ago
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!!
Kiteman (author)  Lithium Rain7 years ago
He says "thank you".
footer0 Kiteman6 years ago
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
Wat? (to Footer) Good job, #2 kid. I'm a #2 kid too (no pun intended).
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_D5 years ago
Good for him jumping on the instructables bandwagon so early!
Gizmo_gal6 years ago
#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?
Holy crap this is so wierd.
Kiteman (author)  A good name6 years ago
What is weird?

And why is my inbox full of your comments today?
Berkin Kiteman5 years ago
Nothing is weird. You just don't see instructables from people this young very often. Change is good. ANd This is a good instructable.
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Kiteman (author)  A good name6 years ago
>sharp jab to the ribs!<
Top Dog7 years ago
So much for the 13 yr. old rule, LOL. Just kidding.
Berkin Top Dog5 years ago
I sure hope you're kidding... Great job, #2 Kiteson!!!!!!!!!!
Wafflicious5 years ago
kiteson #2- you probably make kitedaddy very proud.
Kiteman (author)  Wafflicious5 years ago
They both do.
#2 get daddy to buy you a pellet gun and have war with #1 and his awesome French knitting thing!
X_D_3_M_17 years ago
ADD A ROOF AND GO TO WAR WITH EUROPE, #2!
Kiteman (author)  X_D_3_M_17 years ago
Er, if he added a lid, wouldn't it just be a cardboard box again...? LOL
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?
but itd have a door. so he can stil take over poland!
karramarro7 years ago
Cool!
It reminded me my cat's apartment :)

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whats the FU about??
Kiteman (author)  altaria19937 years ago
Maybe it's the name of the cat?
Yes kite, that's what it is /sarcasm :D
Right. The complete name is fungus. He appeared on a street and he was sick .
ooh, it also could be something a little more harrasing than fungus :P
Kiteman (author)  karramarro7 years ago
Awww....
DJ Radio6 years ago
Did you see that episode of the simpsons where they did that?
You're welcome. :-)
Vendigroth7 years ago
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!
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.
altaria19937 years ago
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)  altaria19937 years ago
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...
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)  altaria19937 years ago
Our Beavers (little Cubs) do an annual sleep-over in cardboard boxes to raise awareness of homelessness.
Goodhart7 years ago
*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)  Goodhart7 years ago
He loves any adhesive tape, but Duct Tape is grown up tape.
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.
CameronSS7 years ago
#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)  CameronSS7 years ago
#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...
Over here a Wellington is something we eat ;-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beef_Wellington

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

Kiteman (author)  Goodhart7 years ago
Well, there's a whole family of them, but we generally think of the original Duke.
1- That's awesome. I didn't know what I wanted to be until I was 11 (an engineer, of course). Way to go #1!!! 2- What's a wellington, and I'm sure whatever it is, you can get there via engineering (go for engineering, #2!!) Sorry, I like to spread the doctrine. We need more Engineers in this world.
Kiteman (author)  T3h_Muffinator7 years ago
What's this? Are you suggesting that we should use the correct name for something? Tsk, tsk. Thinking like that will get you...um....something bad!

They're just "rubber boots" here. I will point out, though, I knew what wellingtons were without the picture!
Yes, they do, we just don't refer to them as wellies... well, I don't at least. I call them "large rubber bootie thingys." Yes, that's a much more appropriate name ;P
Kiteman (author)  T3h_Muffinator7 years ago
What can be more appropriate than naming them after the man that popularised them?
ummm.... Fish Sticks?
Err... sorry about that... I guess you're right, there isn't much more appropriate than that!
Kiteman (author)  T3h_Muffinator7 years ago
(confused look)
heh, OH Dear.... (awkward silence)
Now you need to figure out how to type an awkward turtle... :-P
hmmm.... how about...
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lol, that works too.
bedbugg27 years ago
wow this reminds me of when i was younger i would make vehicles and things and i made a house out of a box and slept in it, little did i know my brother taped it up and placed it leaning over the top of the stairs... great instructable #2 son keep it up mabye you can post more box creations
iceiclepop7 years ago
roflolmao there is a fair chance of this kid becoming a rocket scientist or an engineer.
now all you need is some cardboard siege weapons!
adidame7 years ago
Great job #2 Son! Who are you trying to keep out by locking your gate? PS-Yes, they are called wellies in the US and they were a big fashion item a couple of years ago.
Awesome. Hooray for #2 children! (I'm one myself) :-P Good job to your son.
IdahoDavid7 years ago
Really awesome Instructable and a fun project. When we were growing up my brother and I would line up boxes and sew them together with twine (we didn't know about duct tape) to make a submarine or spaceship. We would cut hatches in the top or side and attach a box on top for a conning tower. A big box is just an invitation to imagination, isn't it? Have fun.
Kiteman (author)  IdahoDavid7 years ago
Absolutely - the box was pirate ship for a while, with a mast and flag taped inside the corner.
I love the flight suit =]
Kiteman (author)  Weissensteinburg7 years ago
It isn't a flight suit, it's a boiler suit - originally designed for boilerworkers to wear as they climb inside boilers to clean / fix them. His is from a tractor suppliers ("Dickies"), as part of his plan to wear wellies all the time when he grows up.
acer737 years ago
I used to to this, my dad would help use get big boxes from the stores and we'd fit them into each other to make tunnels connecting. Awsome though, I'm guessing there is a #1 son.
Kiteman (author)  acer737 years ago
There is, but he wasn't well yesterday, so he didn't feel like helping. Ho does have ideas for improvements, though...
Kiteman (author) 7 years ago
Guess which daft idiot had to go outside at ten at night to rescue a castle from a thunderstorm?
lol
LOL! that would have been disasterous! oh, and good work #2!
I have to give it to you, Kiteman. You obviously raise your kids the right way. Every kid should really get into building stuff as early as possible.

AND on that note, I congratulate you, kid #2, on your excellent efforts, progress, and product!
I'm 38 years old and didn't know about crenels. You instructed a grownup! Nice job, Kid #2!
chalky7 years ago
excellent work there #2 son
hello, cheep airsoft bunker, with style!
That's so cute :-D I love the bar behind the door ! :-D #2 did a good work ;-)
Kiteman (author)  chooseausername7 years ago
He says "thank you, it was fun".
You forgot the part where you build a neighboring castle and rage and all out watter balloon and squirt gun battle, rotflol nice
and cover it with plastic wrap to protect the cardbord from the water
Kiteman (author)  bobbyk8817 years ago
The future painting plans may provide water-proofing.
Kiteman (author)  TheCheese99217 years ago
Alas, no neighbouring children. Now, if I got another box and told #1 son your idea...
bobbyk8817 years ago
i have to try that for my nephew
Kiteman (author)  bobbyk8817 years ago
Just show him the instructable - #2 son made this himself, your nephew can as well, then you can post a picture of the proud builder as well.
hes 2 years old so i have to do this