Here is a fun way I recycled a cereal box to create a castle! This one was a little more complex than other home projects, but it was fun and satisfying like completing a jig-saw puzzle.
- Cereal box
Prepare the box
- Carefully slide your scissors down the seams of the box.
- Flatten the box on a table
- You should now have several sections
- Front – this is the wide section joined to two side sections
- End side – this is the side that is joined only to the front
- Middle side – this is the side that is joined to the front and back
- Back – This is the wide section that is only joined to one side section.
- The top flaps
- The bottom flaps – These were previously glued together
- Cut the top flaps off all of the sections except for the “Back”
- Measure the width of the Front section in millimeters
- Calculate and note the following:
- The “Turret width” = The width of the front section divided by 7 (rounded to an even number)
- The “Turret height” = The Turret width divided by 2
Draw the lines for the Turrets
- Draw all lines on the coloured side of the box.
- Draw 7 horizontal lines across all of the sections except for the “Back” at intervals of the “Turret Height”
- Draw 6 vertical lines across the “Front” section at intervals of the “Turret Width.” It is recommended that you start from a midpoint to center your lines.
- Check: You should now have a grid with 7 rows and 7 columns on the Front section.
- Draw a vertical line dividing the 2nd, 4th and 6th columns in half down to the 4th horizontal line.
- Draw 4 vertical lines on the sides at intervals of the “Turret Height” starting from the edge of the Front section.
- Note: The picture below shows the lines with some highlighted. The highlighting is covered in the section below titled “Mark the lines”
Draw the lines for the Back section
- Extend the 7th horizontal line across the Back section.
- Measure the width of one of the sides and draw a horizontal line that distance above the line that was just extended.
Draw the back opening
- Along the bottom of the Back section determine the midpoint. Measure 45 millimeters to the left and right and mark 2 dots. Draw lines 120 millimeters vertically up from the points marked.
- Draw a horizontal line joining the tops of the lines there were just drawn.
- Down each of the vertical lines measure the width of one of the sides and mark a dot. Draw a horizontal line joinging the dots
Draw the drawbridge
- Along the bottom of the Front section determine the midpoint. Measure 35 millimeters to the left and right and mark 2 dots. Draw lines 70 millimeters vertically up from the points marked.
- Use a circle shape, such as a cup or the sticky tape, to draw a line joining the tops of the lines there were just drawn.
Mark the lines
- Refer to the diagram below and note the lines which are coloured black, highlight the same lines. These will be the lines that will be cut.
- Refer to the diagram below and note the lines which are marked with a green cross, mark the same lines. These will be the lines that will not be folded.
Cut, fold and stick
- Cut along the marked lines
- Make all folds such that the coloured side of the box is turned inwards.
- Fold all other lines that are not marked with a cross.
- Start with the front section and tape the main turrets together into little boxes. These are the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th columns. Fold the smaller parts under the larger parts so that the minimal amount of joins are visible.
- Tape the gap structures between the turrets to the turrets. These are the 2nd, 4th and 6th columns.
- Tape the side sections into little boxes.
- Fold the box back together and tape the sides only. The bottom will need to remain open to allow access.
- Tape the top of the back section to the inside of the box such that it joins just under the turrets. Ensure the side flaps go under this back piece.
- Fold the back section opening such that the flap points towards the turrets. Tape it to the inside of the box.
- Tape the bottom flaps of the box together.
- Finally tape the side turrets to the main turrets.
- Make 2 holes in the drawbridge
- Make 2 holes just either side and above the back section opening
- Thread string through the holes and join at the back
- And toys and draw on bricks as you wish and then you are done!