Sample Projects: Castles
Here are two sample projects from our Castles Theme Week. We provide PDF downloads for many of our projects, allowing campers to easily work away from the computer.
Sample Project: Easy Capes
Never underestimate the power of costume! We think these easy, no-sew capes add a super element of imagination and fun to our play. Depending on the colors of ribbon or fabric you use, these can be FAIRY-like or they can give the idea of MAGIC or SUPERHERO. Easy capes are especially useful when you are a king, queen, prince or princess in a castle.
Ribbon: We used grosgrain ribbon here. (To measure a good length hold the ribbon to your nose and drop it to your knees. Cut at your knees.)
1 1/2 yards tulle
Note: Tulle is a light, fluffy fabric you can find in the costume fabrics section of a fabric store. It comes in a wide variety of colors and some tulle even has sparkles worked into the fabric! Here at the local Summer Camp Headquarters fabric store it costs about $1/yard. It’s so light and fluffy it almost feels like you don’t have the cape on when you’re wearing it. You can use this same technique with any fabric though… You can use scrap fabric. If the fabric is heavy you might need to use a safety pin to pin the fabric in place.
Campers might need help cutting the ribbon and fabric, and it’s helpful to have someone talk out the “knot” process with you the first time you do it.
Hold ribbon to your nose and cut at your knees. If you like, you can cut fancy ends like in the photo above. You can also tie a knot at each end just in case the ribbon frays.
Lay the tulle out so you have a long stretch of fabric, then fold it in half end-to-end. Place the center of the ribbon over the fold like so:
Take the ends of the tulle fabric over the ribbon and through the hole where the arrows are in the photo.
Keep pulling the tulle through the hole and pull ’til tight. You’ve created a little “knot” with the tulle and it should stay on the ribbon through lots of play. If it gets loose just pull on the ends to tighten it back up. Tie the ribbon loosely around your neck and you’re set for castle fun!
Use this same “knot” technique to tie lots of multicolored ribbons onto another ribbon for a rainbow costume cape. Or spread that ribbon out and knot the multicolored ribbons to create a fun garland to decorate your room (or hang it from two trees and have a fancy picnic outside!).
Sample Project: Easy Shields
Knights need shields; it’s useful to have a shield for all sorts of magical battles lots of different characters may encounter along the way as you imagine castle life.
Cereal box, shoe box or some other easy-to-cut cardboard material
Sometimes it’s helpful to have two people when you staple cardboard!
Cut a shield shape out of your cardboard. Ours looks like a rectangle, with one of the short edges coming to a rounded point instead. Use scraps to cut a long, skinny rectangle too.
Staple the top and bottom of the long, skinny rectangle to the back of your shield (use several staples at each end). Be sure to leave room for your hand to fit in the space between the shield and the skinny rectangle. This is your handle. Cover the front with tinfoil. Cover the back with tinfoil. We wrapped some around the handle too.
Ready for battle! Bring on the dragons…
Use a dull pencil to create designs in the tinfoil on the front of your shield! (A sharp pencil will just poke holes through the tinfoil.)