Thursday, March 17, 2011

* Cardboard Rapunzel Castle: Homemade "Tangled" Tower

"C" loves her "Tangled" book (we still haven't seen the movie) 
and recently received a Rapunzel Barbie doll as a gift.
Then, we saw a VERY fancy plastic  Rapunzel Tower Barbie doll house at the toy store...
but it was $100(!) Yikes! 
I told her we could make our own. So, we did! 
First, we raided some cardboard boxes from our recycling

"C" thought we should add popsicle sticks, I agreed!

Wrapping paper tubes became the columns on either side of the front door.

After the cardboard castle was "built" and assembled with the glue gun,
I took it in the backyard and gave it a coat of purple spray paint leftover from "E"s desk makeover.

We painted a Xerox paper box lid green as the "grassy hill" for the castle tower.
"C" was a very helpful painting assistant.  

Cardboard front door with a peep hole and a fancy button door knocker. 
(I used craft wire to attach the door to the castle)

We glued silk flowers and leaves to the castle tower to make it extra fancy. 

The braid was made out of velour yarn. 

The tower is the same size as "C"!

Rapunzel can hang out on the rooftop balcony, the front balcony, or by the windows. 

The yarn braid we made is glued to the inside of the window.

Snow White is climbing Rapunzel's braid!

We thought Rapunzel needed a comfy bed so I sewed her a couple of little pillow mattresses
(re-cycling one of the girl's old crib sheets) and a mini pillow.
We can always play Princess in the Pea with them!

Rapunzel, all tucked into her new room.
We still might add some murals and a popsicle stick easel since Rapunzel's an artist!
All in all, it's a huge hit with the girls and it was a lot more fun making our own 
than buying the plastic one we saw at the store!
Bonus -- We can recycle this one when the girls are over their princess phase!

Wishing you and yours
your own crafty happily ever after!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

UPDATE: Two years later and the girls are still playing with the tower in our playroom! 

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