Cardboard Box Crafts: Germany and France

One of the best building materials for large scale crafts is a good ole cardboard box. It can be transformed into a rocket ship or a submarine, or in our case a castle and cathedral.



One of the best parts of Germany is the rich history and the numerous castles that dot the landscape. One travel blogger I found wrote that you haven’t been to Germany if you haven’t been to a castle. I’ve been to Germany but it was to buy shampoo and eat a pretzel… quite literally! We were in Alsace-Lorraine, France which is right on the border. We hopped on a bus, crossed the country line, stayed for a few hours, and came back. It was an amazing pretzel and totally worth it!

Back to castles…

Like so many, I am a Disney princess at heart so I leapt at the chance to make a castle with Martin. And boy did we make a castle!

It started as a box, some paper tubes from various products, some paint, origami paper and craft glue.

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Martin helped me paint everything and then he chose the colors for the different roof tops. But I wasn’t able to assemble it till after he went to bed, that way too it had all night for the glue to set.

(It is a good thing too because he is still playing with this castle 3 weeks in the future.)

This is one of my favorite crafts to date and I think you can agree its pretty epic!


Cathedrals and Stained-Glass Windows

Some of the worlds oldest and most beautiful stained-glass can be found in churches and cathedrals all over France. I have some books from my travels that Martin and I looked through. We talked about the different stories the glass tell, and how the light brings them to life. When you look at the windows of a cathedral from the outside they can look boring compared to when you go inside!

Here’s a picture of me from more than a decade ago, but you can see the rose window of Notre Dame in Paris. From the outside it is a circle on the side of the building but on the inside it is an explosion of color!

So Martin and I set out to make our own stained-glass and cathedral.

You will need…

For the stained-glass
– Clear contact paper
– Multiple colors of tissue paper
– Scissors

For the cathedral
– Large sturdy box
– Box cutters/ Scissors
– Ruler
– Packing tape

Start by deciding how many windows your cathedral will have and how large they will be.

Then cut out two pieces of contact paper per window, make sure to make them slightly larger than your window opening.

Next have your stained-glass artist go to town with the tissue paper- the more color the better! Depending on how many windows you have they may get bored… just a forewarning! Once all the windows are covered in color, stick another piece of contact paper to the tissue paper side and press down to seal it all in.

Next draw the windows on the box using templates or just measuring. Then carefully cut out the windows and a door.

Attach the stain glass to the inside of the windows with packing tape.

Finally place it in a sunny room or better yet take it outside! Climb in to see the bright colors and beautiful cathedral stained-glass windows!

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