How to make a castle out of old greeting cards
Guest post by Oriana Lauria
I’m sure many greeting cards have made their way to that shoebox in your wardrobe. Let’s be honest, you are not going to go back and read them all at any point in your life. Still, there is something that keeps you from throwing that pile of paper away, isn’t there? Those cute little glittered pieces of memory have more to them then just paper; they are designed to be kept. This up-cycle project will allow you to give a new purpose to your old greeting cards, while having a great time with your kids!
What you need
A selection of old greeting cards (4 of which of the same size)
6 toilet paper roll insides (or 2 kitchen roll insides)
2 sheets of paper A4
A small piece of cardboard
1. Castle walls
Pick four cards of the same size (or cut them out) and staple them together, as shown in the picture below.
Mark the castle top features, using a pencil and a ruler. In my project, I made the battlements 3.5 cm wide and 2.5 cm long. However, these measures can vary, depending on the size of your castle and your personal taste. Once you’ve done this, cut along the outline you’ve drawn.
Choose what the front size of your castle is going to be and draw the outline of your door right at the centre. Once again, feel free to make it as wide as you wish, and make your kids get creative about the shape as well. After all, who said a door has to be rectangular?
Cut a piece of cardboard the size of your castle perimeter and tape the two pieces together.
Tape the three toilet paper insides together (or use two kitchen roll insides instead). Then top the turret with a nice sloping roof (more on this below, at point 6). Once you’ve done this twice, you can decorate the turrets using pieces of old greeting cards.
Use the kitchen bowl to draw a circle on a sheet of paper. Find the exact centre of the circumference at C (-a/2 ;-b/2). Just kidding… roughly sketch what looks to you like the centre and draw a line from that point to the circumference. Then cut through and roll the two ends on top of each other with your fingers. Staple to keep the two pieces together.
7. Drawbridge (optional)
If you want to add a bit more character to your castle, I suggest you create a drawbridge from your little princess to walk on. All you need is one small piece of cardboard (the size of the door or a bit bigger) and some paper tissue.
Just tape the piece of cardboard to the floor. Then cut the tissue in two parts and twist the two pieces to create two small strings. Tape one extremity of the strings to the bridge, and the other one to the wall, as shown below.
Now put all the pieces together… and let your princess join the ball!
For more ideas and greeting card inspiration, visit Hallmark’s website and have fun!