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« on: January 18, 2008 04:21:33 PM »

Up until 2 years ago I worked for a preschool program and we were on a limited budget. I came up with this idea to make an entry way into the reading area. We got boxes from the cafeteria dumpster and used school paper towels, glue and water mixture, and donated magazines. It cost us about $5 of our own money for the paint, a couple of Sharpies and Modge Podge to seal. For the "landscaping" we used a botanical calender from the previous year, another donation.

We got such a great response from the other teachers and kids that we put the castle in the county fair as the gateway to our art exhibit. But...as happens too often with castles...time has taken her from us.  3 and 4 year olds can wreak havoc on a castle. She is now a ruin and has been returned to the dumpster from whence she came.



Ok....I haven't posted in awhile and I cannot figure out how to post a picture. If anyone wants to see this...please tell me how to do that.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2008 06:48:04 PM »

Let me try this again.







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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2008 11:08:57 PM »

That's really cool and thank yo for giving me an idea for my daughters room.  she has a big walk in closet and I want to make it into a little girls paradise.. this is perfect for the entry way
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2008 02:15:57 AM »

Wow, it was gorgeous & such a great idea!! I may need to turn my living room into a castle now, yes I may.
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2008 06:18:33 AM »

This is a great idea for a little girl's bedroom. In fact, after a co-worker saw this she did it as her daughter's headboard. Well...not really a headboard, but she had a little alcove that she was able to place the head of the bed in and then paint the area around it as a castle.

We did some other neat stuff in the classroom...but I am thinking it should go in the interior decorating thread.
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2008 08:15:38 AM »

Oh my goodness!  I need one of these for my classroom!  Could you please give some general directions for the craft-impaired?Huh? Smiley  (Have you made anymore?)  Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2008 06:03:13 PM »

Making this was very simple. First we taped boxes together in a long column. Then we mixed white glue and water and took the brown paper towels that are in all schools and paper mached them all together. Then we painted and used Modge Podge (I love that stuff!) to seal it. We put the pictures on last.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2008 05:27:37 PM »

That is a GREAT idea!  Fun, creative, cheap, and you got to recycle some boxes!  Now I can't wait to have kids so I can do stuff like that, LOL.
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2008 11:34:08 AM »

Hmmm, something to do with all of the boxes from moving XD
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2008 10:14:31 AM »

This is so so cute! Love it!
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