A Princess Party

Designerly Princess Party

Once upon a time, there was a castle not so far far away...

I always look forward to planning Vy's birthday parties, because I know I will have less and less opportunities to create something magical for her as she gets older. Plus, I always feel an amazing amount of joy seeing her delight in my handiwork. 

For her third birthday, she requested a princess-themed party. In my search for decorating and activity ideas, I came across Mer Mag's tutorial on how to make this super cool interlocking cardboard castle. I loved everything about it; the shapes, the bold colors, the patterns. It completely inspired me to create this kid-sized version of it.

The original plan was to find one tall cardboard box to make the castle...one. But, luckily, my brother works in the food industry, so he had a ton of these watermelon boxes available. Being the craft-supply-hoarder that I am, I was not able to pass them up. He also had tons of extra paint cans laying around from a past renovation project, so I snatched those up too!

When we broke down the watermelon boxes, we were excited to see the bottoms already had notches cut out that resembled castle tops. I spent a couple of days painting the larger color blocks using rollers and brushes. Once those areas dried, I went back and painted the trees and other details.

While I was painting the castle, the floor plan kept getting bigger and bigger. Pretty soon, I had a courtyard, two towers and a swinging gate.  

Designerly Princess Party

We connected the individual boxes together using old wire clothes hangers. We then used a jigsaw to cut openings in the connected sides to create a walkway through the whole castle. One of the extra cut out pieces worked perfectly as the gate!

Designerly Princess Party
Designerly Princess Party
Designerly Princess Party
Designerly Princess Party
Designerly Princess Party

I was so excited to see it all set up. It really transformed the backyard into a magical kingdom. We kept the castle up a for a few days after the party. It felt a little sad once I started taking it down, like a carnival was leaving town. But, now the front part of the castle sits in her playroom. 

Designerly Princess Party
Designerly Princess Party

It's her little kitchen nook now, sometimes an ice cream parlor, sometimes a grocery store. But, whatever it happens to be, Vy and her cousins play inside it almost everyday. I am so glad we were able to repurpose it, and that the princess has a place to play happily ever after.