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Make a Princess Tower Castle Piece - Upcycle Craft

Updated on September 8, 2014

The princess tower.

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Is it Rapunzel?

No. Meet Princess Nadia.

She's in the process of getting a brand new Princess Power Tower, made just for her, or so she seems to think. Check out the photographs to see exactly how this tower addition to the castle came into being, or more correctly, is coming into being.

There is yet much to be done.

The idea for this evolving castle, that anybody could easily make for themselves, came about just a few days ago. My dear hubby challenged me to design a project that was not so girly, as most of my crafts tend to be.

Well, as you can see, I failed on that count. I set out with a castle in mind, one that would go through the entire holiday season from Halloween to Christmas with a changing out of the props. As I was building, I began to dwell on the idea that a sinister castle, which is what he had in mind, would not bode well at Christmas.

What to do? Girl it up!

Princess Nadia in her tower.

Her Royal Highness, Princess Nadia
Her Royal Highness, Princess Nadia | Source

Castle construction gets a supervisor.

Everything was running along as smoothly as could be expected.

I was jamming. Things were good. Then, life changed.

Enter the Princess. Princess Nadia was brought in to this little fantasy kingdom right around the time I was finishing up the main castle part, with the drawbridge.

She poo pooed this and nay sayed that, but let me tell you, the girl is all over this thing. She's totally taken over.

First, she insisted on blue wallpaper because it just had to match her dress. I wanted a nice neutral color. Then, she starts raising a discerning eye and tsk tsking construction. She's been up my glue gun, so to speak, for hours!

I understand wanting to get out. She's been hanging out on the bookcase with The Chronicles of Narnia for forever and a day, but still. She acts like this is a real building or something. Critical much? Oh, yea.

Scope out the gallery below to watch the building process. You will see that the Princess has a few quips to interject here and there. Notice, she might be critical, but she's not leaving is she? HM.

The directions for how to make a princess tower are really easy.

Between the captions and the photographs, you can't miss. Check it out.

Take the tour. Princess Nadia insists, at times, upon being your guide. I warned you she has taken over. Click through the gallery for detailed instructions.

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The structural components of the tower consist of 1 empty coffee creamer container, 1 empty Jiffy Peanut butter container (crunchy), and one oatmeal container with lids.The finishing touches are mostly non-adhesive shelf paper, doilies, napkins, paper, temporary tattoos, 4 crafting sticks and ribbon.Let's make the top stack first, shall we? Cut out the opening.Scissors just would not cut it. I used a hand saw. Have an adult cut through the rim around the lid. The rest of the jar cuts easily with scissors.Line the inside of the top stack peanut butter jar with the paper "wallpaper" of your choice.It's time to bling it up some. Grab a doily and some markers.Glue down your new ceiling to the inside of the top stack of the tower.Cover the outside of the top tower stack in non-adhesive shelf paper.As you can see, Nadia is unimpressed.Cut out two notches for the upper stack in the lid to make the floor of the top stack balcony. Place the doorway opening an inch or so into the notches and glue it down. Use a lot of glue to be sure it will hold the weight of your doll.Let's do anothGet your second tower stack, the oatmeal box. Cut out the opening. Make sure it is big enough for your doll to stand in the doorway.
The structural components of the tower consist of 1 empty coffee creamer container, 1 empty Jiffy Peanut butter container (crunchy), and one oatmeal container with lids.
The structural components of the tower consist of 1 empty coffee creamer container, 1 empty Jiffy Peanut butter container (crunchy), and one oatmeal container with lids. | Source
The finishing touches are mostly non-adhesive shelf paper, doilies, napkins, paper, temporary tattoos, 4 crafting sticks and ribbon.
The finishing touches are mostly non-adhesive shelf paper, doilies, napkins, paper, temporary tattoos, 4 crafting sticks and ribbon. | Source
Let's make the top stack first, shall we? Cut out the opening.
Let's make the top stack first, shall we? Cut out the opening. | Source
Scissors just would not cut it. I used a hand saw. Have an adult cut through the rim around the lid. The rest of the jar cuts easily with scissors.
Scissors just would not cut it. I used a hand saw. Have an adult cut through the rim around the lid. The rest of the jar cuts easily with scissors. | Source
Line the inside of the top stack peanut butter jar with the paper "wallpaper" of your choice.
Line the inside of the top stack peanut butter jar with the paper "wallpaper" of your choice. | Source
It's time to bling it up some. Grab a doily and some markers.
It's time to bling it up some. Grab a doily and some markers. | Source
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Glue down your new ceiling to the inside of the top stack of the tower.
Glue down your new ceiling to the inside of the top stack of the tower. | Source
Cover the outside of the top tower stack in non-adhesive shelf paper.As you can see, Nadia is unimpressed.
Cover the outside of the top tower stack in non-adhesive shelf paper.As you can see, Nadia is unimpressed. | Source
Cut out two notches for the upper stack in the lid to make the floor of the top stack balcony. Place the doorway opening an inch or so into the notches and glue it down. Use a lot of glue to be sure it will hold the weight of your doll.Let's do anoth
Cut out two notches for the upper stack in the lid to make the floor of the top stack balcony. Place the doorway opening an inch or so into the notches and glue it down. Use a lot of glue to be sure it will hold the weight of your doll.Let's do anoth | Source
Get your second tower stack, the oatmeal box. Cut out the opening. Make sure it is big enough for your doll to stand in the doorway.
Get your second tower stack, the oatmeal box. Cut out the opening. Make sure it is big enough for your doll to stand in the doorway. | Source
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Home made toys deliver double the fun.

Hello, Nadia here.
Hello, Nadia here. | Source

Hello, all. Nadia here. As your Princess, a word, please.

I just have to take over to set the record straight.

Okay, listen up. I've got to be quick here before Vix snaps I'm chiming in.

The girl needs some serious help when it comes to making royal design choices. Don't get me wrong. She's a fun girl. I've known her since she was a kid. But, she has no idea of what makes for appropriate royal decorum.

Case in point, for years she's had me living by The Chronicles of Narnia. I love them. The lands are rich and beautiful. So, what does Vix decide to go do to the neighborhood? She moves The Black Dagger Brotherhood in on the shelf above me.

Seriously! Who does such things? And who did she go move in two shelves down? The entire Necroscope series. I'm surrounded by psychotic vampires! Help me, please. She has to get this right. I'm sick to death of late night partying fiends and blood baths. Do you know how hard it is to get blood out of silk?

Oops, she's back from the coffee pot. Got to run.

Construction is slow, but steady.

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Doilies? For real? Cornice work is not made of paper. Glue is not mortar! Help a girl out here.You're going to make this one the same way as the one before. I used a piece of scrap paper left over from the last stack to tone down this blue a little.Nadia here - Tone down? Arg! If it were up to Vix, the entire world would be painted black with Now, cover the bottom stack. Ignore the sticky note and cover the whole thing. It was a good idea, but the Princess shot it down.Use temporary tattoos to decorate doilies for flooring on the balconies. Just cut it out. Remove the covering. Place it face down on the doily. Wet it really good. Hold and rub, rub, rub. Peel off the backing.Nadia here - See what I mean? Tattoos! Come on. The girl is nuts.Hot glue on marker painted doilies for the front center and windows. For the windows, do a tattooed one for each side. Fold over the sides to make window shutters. When we open them, we can see the art :).
Doilies? For real? Cornice work is not made of paper. Glue is not mortar! Help a girl out here.
Doilies? For real? Cornice work is not made of paper. Glue is not mortar! Help a girl out here. | Source
You're going to make this one the same way as the one before. I used a piece of scrap paper left over from the last stack to tone down this blue a little.Nadia here - Tone down? Arg! If it were up to Vix, the entire world would be painted black with
You're going to make this one the same way as the one before. I used a piece of scrap paper left over from the last stack to tone down this blue a little.Nadia here - Tone down? Arg! If it were up to Vix, the entire world would be painted black with | Source
Now, cover the bottom stack. Ignore the sticky note and cover the whole thing. It was a good idea, but the Princess shot it down.
Now, cover the bottom stack. Ignore the sticky note and cover the whole thing. It was a good idea, but the Princess shot it down. | Source
Use temporary tattoos to decorate doilies for flooring on the balconies. Just cut it out. Remove the covering. Place it face down on the doily. Wet it really good. Hold and rub, rub, rub. Peel off the backing.
Use temporary tattoos to decorate doilies for flooring on the balconies. Just cut it out. Remove the covering. Place it face down on the doily. Wet it really good. Hold and rub, rub, rub. Peel off the backing. | Source
Nadia here - See what I mean? Tattoos! Come on. The girl is nuts.
Nadia here - See what I mean? Tattoos! Come on. The girl is nuts. | Source
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Hot glue on marker painted doilies for the front center and windows. For the windows, do a tattooed one for each side. Fold over the sides to make window shutters. When we open them, we can see the art :).
Hot glue on marker painted doilies for the front center and windows. For the windows, do a tattooed one for each side. Fold over the sides to make window shutters. When we open them, we can see the art :). | Source
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Nadia here. I want this one, for now.

While Vix figures out how to get me a proper castle, this will suffice nicely.

See how the rooms are spacious enough that I can entertain. Go ahead, click it to see the interior views. This castle comes fully appointed. How on earth am I to go about my princess duties if I'm having to spend all of my time supervising Vix and her poor design choices?

Princess Nadia's Poll

You have heard my pleas. Will you help me? Tell her to get me a Barbie Dream house, in blue. Will you?

See results
Barbie The Princess and The Popstar Musical Light Up Castle Playset
Barbie The Princess and The Popstar Musical Light Up Castle Playset

Now, they will have to custom build it in blue for me, but otherwise, it's totally doable.

The matching curved staircases will look divine for entrance photographs at all the balls this coming season. The architect here knows the needs of a princess and it shows. See how he or she already has a vanity set up for me in the royal boudoir.

Just click the picture to see my dream castle on the inside, all three stories. It's just these kinds of details Vix has overlooked.

Talk to her people! Support your princess. Loyalty will be rewarded in the coming days as the kingdom thrives under my rule.

 

Put it all together and slap a roof on it, twice.

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The silver trim around the door frames is silver crown ribbon. My tower leans a tad to the back. To prevent this in yours, cut off the rim from the backsides of the balconies before affixing the stack. (The part behind the notches).I thought the pattern on this paper would look kind of roofish. So, I made a cone, glued an old Christmas ball to the top and thought it a day.The Princess would have none of it. Gnome hat, I believe was the exact reference used.After a nice long break, from persons in blue who shall remain unnamed, it is time to tackle the roof once more. Roof number two, and the one you see displayed in the coming pictures is made of four small crafting sticks, three napkins, one doily andMark a line three inches up on all four of your sticks. If you don't have a ruler, go with the length of your finger.I colored the napkins by picking my colors and drawing simple lines in a pattern all the way down each napkin. Then, I painted over it lightly with coffee to give it a mottled look.Glue on the rafters.When dry, about five to ten minutes, fold the top of the napkins in a fan. Glue down to the rafters.Color a doily in the same pattern used on the napkins to make the front cover.Glue the painted doily to the roof front. I have not coffee painted over this one yet.Cut off and color up some "lace" from your doilies and glue down at the stack joints to cover seam lines.Add the Christmas ball, a strip of ribbon and viola! Done.
The silver trim around the door frames is silver crown ribbon. My tower leans a tad to the back. To prevent this in yours, cut off the rim from the backsides of the balconies before affixing the stack. (The part behind the notches).
The silver trim around the door frames is silver crown ribbon. My tower leans a tad to the back. To prevent this in yours, cut off the rim from the backsides of the balconies before affixing the stack. (The part behind the notches). | Source
I thought the pattern on this paper would look kind of roofish. So, I made a cone, glued an old Christmas ball to the top and thought it a day.
I thought the pattern on this paper would look kind of roofish. So, I made a cone, glued an old Christmas ball to the top and thought it a day. | Source
The Princess would have none of it. Gnome hat, I believe was the exact reference used.
The Princess would have none of it. Gnome hat, I believe was the exact reference used. | Source
After a nice long break, from persons in blue who shall remain unnamed, it is time to tackle the roof once more. Roof number two, and the one you see displayed in the coming pictures is made of four small crafting sticks, three napkins, one doily and
After a nice long break, from persons in blue who shall remain unnamed, it is time to tackle the roof once more. Roof number two, and the one you see displayed in the coming pictures is made of four small crafting sticks, three napkins, one doily and | Source
Mark a line three inches up on all four of your sticks. If you don't have a ruler, go with the length of your finger.
Mark a line three inches up on all four of your sticks. If you don't have a ruler, go with the length of your finger. | Source
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I colored the napkins by picking my colors and drawing simple lines in a pattern all the way down each napkin. Then, I painted over it lightly with coffee to give it a mottled look.
I colored the napkins by picking my colors and drawing simple lines in a pattern all the way down each napkin. Then, I painted over it lightly with coffee to give it a mottled look. | Source
Glue on the rafters.
Glue on the rafters. | Source
When dry, about five to ten minutes, fold the top of the napkins in a fan. Glue down to the rafters.
When dry, about five to ten minutes, fold the top of the napkins in a fan. Glue down to the rafters. | Source
Color a doily in the same pattern used on the napkins to make the front cover.
Color a doily in the same pattern used on the napkins to make the front cover. | Source
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Glue the painted doily to the roof front. I have not coffee painted over this one yet.
Glue the painted doily to the roof front. I have not coffee painted over this one yet. | Source
Cut off and color up some "lace" from your doilies and glue down at the stack joints to cover seam lines.
Cut off and color up some "lace" from your doilies and glue down at the stack joints to cover seam lines. | Source
Add the Christmas ball, a strip of ribbon and viola! Done.
Add the Christmas ball, a strip of ribbon and viola! Done. | Source
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As your Princess, knowing my living conditions now, I'm sure you can understand the need for a royal get away.

This is my number one selection for vacation and strategic retreat property. There is no telling when those psycho vamps will decide to make a move on my kingdom. The bookshelves become more and more crowded every day thanks to Vix's insane refusal to buy a Kindle.

Cinderella Magic Clip Castle Doll House
Cinderella Magic Clip Castle Doll House

Anyway, back to what's important, the kingdom.

It is my opinion and that of the learned council that a minimum of three locals would be most prudent as such provides one options in the event of hostile invasion or worse, a misguided coop!

Obviously, this is too small to live in forever, yet is it divinely storybookish. From the clock upon the tower to the quaint rooms and cutest windows you ever saw, this would be a great additional property to add to the royals scrolls.

I must make a note to have the main entrance doors done in blue.

 

Any child can make a castle.

Princess Power Tower with New Roof
Princess Power Tower with New Roof | Source

High atop the tallest tower, the princess makes a list of work yet to be done.

The princess is in.
The princess is in. | Source

As you can see, there remains a good deal of finishing work to do. The roof must be sealed with Mod Podge, but at this point, is still too wet. The interior walls have yet to be sealed or decorated. Of course, the fact that all this takes time means naught to the princess. She's a bit demanding. I suppose all princesses are.

Let your little Prince or Princess explore imagination. Get them off the games.

And we still need a mote, and a guard tower, and a gate, and a cottage, and a gazebo, and a ...
And we still need a mote, and a guard tower, and a gate, and a cottage, and a gazebo, and a ... | Source

Imaginations must be nourished through creative play. Turn off the computer games. Craft a castle and watch Camelot come alive.Brought to you by the worlds of imagination.

Everybody's Gotta Fit In. Really? I think not. Be yourself.

Nadia picked this. :)

English language mutilation disclaimer

Major appologies, dear readers, for the misspellings in the picture sticky notes. Vix is dyslexic and lives by spell check which modern technology has yet to provide for Post Its.

Further blatant disregard for the English language can be seen in much of the slang terminology and shall we say colorful colloquial speech.

However, Vix feels colorful slang and common language often conveys ideas at a faster rate than high dollar jargon being bandied about.

© 2013 Rhonda Lytle

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ peachpurple - This was fun but I can't say it was for my princess, just little princesses in general. When teaching, I saw so many kids with no toys, little food/clothing, just dirt poor so I really like coming up with ways for them to make things they can use out of junk they have laying around the house. God bless you!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, you made this recycle tower for your princess? too bad my princess is a teen, otherwise i would make one

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: I had a blast with this. :) God bless and happy crafting!

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      WriterJanis2 

      4 years ago

      What an adorable idea. When my girls were little, they would have loved this.

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      Elaine Chen 

      4 years ago

      I get some inspiration here, going to make King's castle for my son :-)

    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Goad 

      4 years ago

      I know of several princesses that could use a castle! Since I am very into recycling, this is an excellent craft idea. You plan leaves all kinds of room for individualization, too.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Ben Reed: I hope they do. :) Thanks bunches and God bless!

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      Ben Reed 

      4 years ago from Redcar

      A great idea - my granddaughters would love this.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @favored: Thank you. It wasn't hard, but it did take some time. It was a lot of fun though. I can't wait to start on the moat. God bless!

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      This must have been a lot of work. You did a great job.

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      about-pomeranian 

      5 years ago

      good job

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @rebecca-mathews1: Thanks bunches! God bless :).

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @cdevries: Thank you! This was a hoot and a half to do and now I got to redo some too. My new kitty attacked it :). I so wish I had got a picture. She looked like a flying squirrel dive bombing the castle. God bless and most happy squidding.

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      rebecca-mathews1 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! so crafty I love it!

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      cdevries 

      5 years ago

      Love the Lens! What a great project this would be with a glitter-sprinkling girl - maybe a birthday present? (I also love your spell-check comment. Me to!)

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