Step 1: Supplies
-At least ten
(I bought them all. Extra is good)
(~$1.90 ea. when I bought them.)
2. Paint (or stone patterned paper)
-6 cans of good black spray paint
-1 can silver spray paint
-1 can gold spray paint
-1 can dark brown spray paint
-1 qt. gray paint*
-1 tester size blue paint
-1 tester size red paint
3. Drop cloth (keep things clean)
4. Sponges: 1 large, 1 small
5. Some Paint brushes, roller tray and such
6. Packing tape (2 rolls)
7. Box cutter (with extra blades)
8. Velcro (for mobility)
9. Nice, but not necessary
- Rotozip or Dremel like routing/cutting device
-Spray Grip accessory
* I picked up a gallon because I wanted to be sure I had extra. It was way more than needed, but I will use it later for the upgraded version of this castle.
Step 2: Assemble Boxes to Get a Rough Idea
Step 3: Cut and Assemble
Step 4: Cut Out Doors
I left a cross piece across the bottom for stability, but it didn't last very long once the kids got in there, so whatever.
Step 5: Cutter
Step 6: Draw and Cut Windows
Step 7: Sand Rough Edges
Step 8: Ramparts
If you want an arch for your gate, this is a good time to cut that, or wait until the rampart is stuck to the towers (next step) and cut it in place similarly to the windows. I did it the second way.
Step 9: Velcro/sticky-ness
Use Velcro to connect the inner boxes to the outer towers and the rampart section to the the front and back of both.
*If you don't need to break this down and move it around, then just use tape or something. We are a mobile campus, so modality is essential.
Step 10: Reinforcement
Step 11: Castle Depot
Step 12: Paint It Black
Pay extra attention to the logos and printed stuff on your boxes. I painted the back side and the inside portions that are visible from the front with a very light coat just for that extra touch.
Step 13: This Thing = Awesome
This thing makes that all better. I personally will not spray paint without one ever again if at all possible.
Step 14: Detail Stonework
Step 15: Major Stones
Then do all of your touchups and stones for the background pieces.
Step 16: Coat of Arms
Draw out your border and quadrants with a sharpie and carefully paint one colored section at a time and let dry.
Once dry, use a colored sharpie to draw in your details.
Our quadrant symbols represent the 4 Core values of Highlands Kids.
From left to right:
1. Love God
because God is love and He first loved us!
2. Love people
because God loves all people!
3. Do your best
and God does the rest!
4. HAVE FUN!
Because God gives us Joy!
Step 17: Finish
If you want a draw bridge, grab one of you cut off sections from the ramparts and paint it brown in longwise passes of your spat paint to give a somewhat striped/wood grain appearance.
Step 18: Notes
This whole thing is really just painted cardboard, so it is not the most hardy or structures. You may want to use another building material, like 3/4" 4'x8' insulation panels or plywood and a frame with cut outs and the same paint pattern. You lose the 3rd dimensional nature of the photo booth this way, but would gain longevity. As this is supposed to last 6 weeks, I may have to go that route at some point. Thankfully, I have plenty of gray paint for later projects.
I hope you enjoyed this Instructable!