With two daughters, our home is pretty saturated with princess dolls, clothes, blankets, and even cereal. The other day my daughter wanted to make a tower for her magiclip Rapunzel doll, which we easily did with two old food cartons, some paper, and some accents! She's played with her DIY Princess Tower more in the last few weeks than any other toy! Learn how to make this budget-friendly doll house in our full tutorial below.
This beautiful little Rapunzel-inspired tower was easy to make with an old lemonade can and oatmeal box! We had lots of fun decorating the tower with sparkly rhinestones and flower accents too!
To make your own princess tower, stack two empty cylinder containers and hot glue them together. You could make your tower as tall as you want by adding extra recycled cylinder containers.
Print off a rock texture onto printer paper. I started off with white but that looked a little stark, so I found some light blue construction paper. You can download the rock texture that we used here. Paper rock texture will make your homemade princess tower craft look very realistic!
Next, I used the top from one of the cardboard containers to make a floor in the tower about 8 inches down from the top. I hot glued the floor into the middle of the tower.
Once the floor was in, we cut a window in the side right above where the floor begins.
Next I glued on the paper rock texture, overlapping several paper sheets as seamlessly as I could. I also cut out the window in the rock texture.
Add a round piece of paper inside the princess tower to make a colored floor. Glue the second top from the cylinder containers to the top of the tower to make a roof, or leave the top open if your child wants to put dolls inside from the top.
Next comes the fun part! We decorated our tower with lots of trim that looks like vines and flowers, with added flower accents and sparkly rhinestones. This homemade princess tower craft is a great way to use mismatched jewels and flowers left over from other craft projects.
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Glue the accents onto the tower. I prefer using hot glue because it dries almost instantly, but my daughter had to be careful to not touch the glue when she was sticking the jewels and flowers on.
I also added colorful printed scrapbook paper inside the tower for pretty wall paper. A Rapunzel sticker in a tiny paper frame serves as a cute portrait on the wall. You could decorate the inside of your princess tower however you want!
The sparkly jewel and ribbon accents are my favorite part of our DIY Rapunzel-inspired tower. No one would ever guess this is made from a recycled lemonade and oatmeal container!
My daughter has enjoyed hours of fun playing with her princess tower. Several Disney princesses have visited including Anna, Elsa, and Snow White. Rapunzel looks pretty happy inside her beautiful tower. We even have some small furniture accents from other play sets that have found places inside the tower at various times. The glittery roof, made from a piece of heavy scrapbook paper glued into a cone shape, adds the crowning touch to our homemade princess tower!
Do you enjoy doing crafts with your kids? My daughter wants to do crafts every day, so I have to find easy, economical ways to allow her to explore her creativity. I didn't have to buy anything for this project thanks to my random stash of craft supplies. I love that we made this together and that my daughter is continually coming up with new creative ideas!
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