Kids Crafts: D.I.Y. Castle

Make use of all those recyclables! Download our FREE "D.I.Y. Castle" template for a fun activity to do with the kids!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 toilet paper rolls
  • 2 paper towel rolls
  • 1 cereal box
  • 4 Q-tips*
  • Construction paper*
  • Tape or glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers/crayons/pens/or pencils*
  • Paints* (possibly paintbrushes)
  • String*

*for any of the items with an asterisk, alternative materials can be used. For example, instead of Q-tips you could use toothpicks or lollipop sticks. This project was designed in hopes that you are able to use everyday items around your house.

Lastly, download our FREE 1 page “D.I.Y. Castle Kids Craft” printable template by clicking this link (This template is not required to complete this project).

Step 1:

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Take your two toilet paper rolls and two paper towel rolls and cut little turrets into the top of each one. Cut two slits in the bottom of each paper roll so that they can hook onto the main body of the castle.

Tip: Looking straight down into the paper roll, make cuts at approximately 12 o’clock and 4 o’clock for best fit.

Step 2:

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Cut little rectangles out of of one side of your cereal box to make fortifications. Attach your paper rolls to your castle body by sliding the rolls onto the box via the cuts you made.

Step 3:

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Using a pen or marker, draw an archway shape in the middle of the front of your castle body. Using your drawn lines as your guide, carefully poke the scissors through one of the bottom points of your archway and cut around until you have reached the other side.

Step 4:

Now paint everything the color of your choice!

Tip: We used a spray paint can to quickly cover all of our surface areas. You may also use a paintbrush and paint to accomplish this. Don’t have any paint at all? Get creative if necessary!

Step 5:

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Take your four Q-tips and cut off one side of the cotton swabs. We will use these as our flag poles. Feel free to use any other materials in lieu of Q-tips. Tape your flag poles to the inside of each of your paper rolls/turrets.

Step 6:

Download our FREE one page “D.I.Y. Castle Kids Craft” printable template by clicking image above. The template is used for the windows and the flags. After coloring, carefully cut out windows and flags. Again, feel free to skip the template if you want, and try your hand at making these yourself. Once done, tape or glue windows to the front of your castle. Tape the flags (pointing in your desired direction) to the Q-tips.

Step 7:

Make two holes in the cereal box near the top left and top right of your archway. Next, make two holes in your draw bridge (see green screen image above for location reference). Thread your string through each side (as shown in the image above) and tie a knot (or tape) in each end to keep it in place.

Tip: We used a nail to poke the holes into our castle body and drawbridge. Followed by a toothpick to push the thread through the holes.


Tip: Keep adding to your castle to make a fortress! Find more cereal boxes, to decorate and turn them into castles. Next, join each castle together by making battlements out of long boxes or strips of cardboard or cardstock.

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