My daughter used crayons and markers to draw inside the shoe box also. You can be as creative as you want with any materials you have around the house (Pom poms glitter etc) you can also use more than one different wrapping paper to make it unique!


  • 1 shoebox (preferably with a lid that comes off completely)
  • 1 roll of wrapping paper
  • 4 Chenille stems (or paddle pop sticks)
  • 4 toilet paper rolls
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors


  1. Using any wrapping you have (I had a roll of leftover blue paper) wrap your shoe box with the sticky tape.
  2. Cut out castle doors using your scissors into the shoebox. Cut out doors also with the back of the wrapping paper (white part) and stick on to make them stand out and draw door handles with a pen or coloured marker.
  3. Cover toilet rolls with wrapping paper leave a little extra on top to twist into a pine shape to resemble a tower.
  4. Cut a small flag out of the wrapping paper (I used the white backing and drew C on the flags for my daughters name) using sticky tape stick to the top of the chenille stems and loop through the toilet rolls. Stick the toilet rolls on each corner each of the top of the shoebox.
  5. Your castle is complete!

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  • dbhall82
    • 24 Sep 2015
      2:35 pm

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  • Love it, there is so many things to do with boxes


  • How cute it’s beautiful


  • Great idea for all the kings and queens to play with


  • A great idea for the young ones!


  • I’ll have to save my shoeboxes now. Great idea.


  • what fun! recycling at its best. I’m sure this would make for many hours of happy playing. Thank you for sharing your fun idea.


  • Haha, love it! What a great idea.


  • Who would look at a shoe box and think “castle” some clever creative mums out there


  • A fun project; thanks!.


  • This looks great! I love the shiny paper.


  • Very cool found my next craft project to do with my daughter…she will love it


  • Good way to use the old shoe boxes.


  • shoebox castle


  • Thank you for all the lovely comments!!


  • We covered child’s size one with paper mache then got some plain coloured paper on which we drew pencils etc, then cut them out and glued them onto the lid. It kept the kids amused for awhile. They now want to find a medicum size box to decorate for colouring in books.

    • sounds like a great project to do hey. seems like you had fun making it lol. awesome


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