I got this amazing idea from The Imagination Tree and just had to do it. Unfortunately it was a little more exciting for me than it was for the boys, but hopefully they’ll enjoy it more after a while.
I started out with a cardboard box and then cut out turrets, windows, and an opening for the drawbridge. I painted it with a grey acrylic paint on the walls and a brown acrylic to make it look like a wooden door. I didn’t know how the paint would come out, if it would coat the box well, if I’d have to do multiple coats, etc. But it went on so well and looked great.
For the drawbridge, I cut out some holes and strung the ribbon through them, tying it in the back to make a simple pulley to open it.
The boys were less than impressed. Love Bug said he didn’t have the right people for it because he doesn’t have any “knights and shiny armor.” We ended up turning it into the castle from Thomas, so then it was a hit – to the point where they were fighting over it and requesting “two castles with drawbridges” so they didn’t have to share.