The only thing more incredible than this cardboard castle that Natalie made for her daughters' storybook princess party is the cost of the project, a whopping $4. You read that right. But how? Here's how:Natalie blogs at The Busy Budgeting Mama and she is definitely worthy of the title. When she posted about the party late last year she broke down the cost of materials and promised a tutorial, which went up this week. She got the boxes for free by asking nicely at her local dollar store and used leftover paint and repurposed string for the drawbridge. The banner garland was designed and printed on cardstock then sewn together and puffy clouds were improvised with batting. The big expenditure was $4 for a package of 100 zip ties.
Natalie made a cardboard template and cut the doors and windows with a utility knife. She went vertical by stacking the boxes, strategically piercing them and securing the pieces with zip ties. The stonework was cut freehand using scissors and glued onto the castle, then the whole thing got a coat of paint (leftover Martha Stewart Pink Slipper mixed with white trim paint) before the drawbridge was rigged up with string. The castle housed a coloring station, dress up clothes, a play kitchen and table for guests to enjoy.