A 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.
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!
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.
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.