The story of Rapunzel is adventurous and imaginative. My girls love the story of this creative princess with long flowing hair, who musters up the courage to leave her tower with Flynn Rider’s help. Just like Rapunzel, my girls love doing crafts, making things, and painting. We especially enjoyed making this DIY Rapunzel princess tower using recycled food containers. You can easily make this budget friendly doll castle yourself!
We created this beautiful Rapunzel-inspired princess tower using a powdered lemonade canister and an oatmeal container stacked on top of each other. It was especially fun to decorate the tower with sparkly rhinestones and flower accents.
How to Make a Princess Tower
To make your own princess tower, first stack two empty and clean cylinder containers on top of each other. Use hot glue to attach them together. You could also add a band of packing tape around the seam where the containers connect to make the tower stronger.
Create the Tower Floor
You can choose to have 1 or more floors in your princess tower. I used the lid of one of the food containers to create a floor in the tower about 8 inches down from the top. To make a floor, use hot glue to attach a lid or a circle of cardboard in the middle of the tower. Make a cut halfway across the lid and overlap the edges a bit to squeeze the lid into the tower. Glue a round piece of colored paper on top of the lid to make a colored floor.
Create a floor in the tower by gluing in one of the lids
Create Large Play Windows
Once the floor is in place, cut a window in the side of the tower, right above where the floor begins. Kids can use this window to play with small dolls inside the tower. We made one large arched window in the side of our DIY Rapunzel princess tower.
Add the Rock Texture
Next, print off a rock texture onto colored paper. I printed off the rock texture onto several sheets of light blue construction paper. You can download the rock texture that I used here. Paper rock texture will make your homemade princess tower craft look very realistic!
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Glue the paper rock texture onto the tower using craft glue or rubber cement. Overlap several paper sheets as seamlessly as you can, to create a stone tower look. Carefully cut the rock texture around the edges of the window openings.
Create the Tower Roof
Make a roof for the tower using the second top from the food containers or a circular piece of cardboard. We attached cardstock to the oatmeal container lid to create a peaked roof. I glued a layer of glittery purple paper on top of the cardstock to give our DIY Rapunzel princess tower a unique style! Our princess tower roof is removable so kids can take it off.
Decorate the Princess Tower
Next comes the fun part! You can decorate your princess tower castle with trim that looks like vines and flowers, intertwined with rhinestone flowers and beads. This homemade princess tower craft is a great way to use mismatched jewels and flowers left over from other craft projects.
My daughter had a blast helping me to glue our sparkly accents, rhinestones and flowers onto our DIY Rapunzel princess tower. I made dots of hot glue and she carefully pressed pretty accents onto the tower. I prefer using hot glue for craft projects because it dries almost instantly. However, my daughter had to be careful to not touch the glue when she was sticking the jewels and flowers on.
Add Wall Paper & Furniture
I also added colorful printed scrapbook paper inside the princess tower to create pretty wall paper. A Rapunzel sticker in a tiny paper frame serves as a cute portrait on the wall. You can decorate the inside of your princess tower however you want!
The sparkly jewels and ribbon accents are my favorite part of our DIY Rapunzel princess tower. No one would ever guess this princess castle is made from a recycled lemonade can and an oatmeal container!
My daughter has enjoyed hours of fun playing with this DIY princess tower. Rapunzel looks pretty happy too! We used some of our small doll furniture from other play sets to furnish the inside. The glittery roof adds the crowning touch to this creative kids project!
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A creative craft can be such a fun learning activity for kids! I enjoy teaching my girls how to re-purpose items that we have into something awesome. We didn’t have to buy anything for this project because I have a box of random craft supplies at home. I hope you are inspired by our ideas to create fun things with your own kids!
Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, creative projects, taking photos and traveling. I’ve previously worked as a web designer, journalist and barista. I hope you enjoy our creative projects and family adventures!
This is a really great idea! I’m planning to make this for my daughter. May I ask where you got the Rapunzel doll? She looks so sweet!
This is beautiful! I’m trying it at home. Can you give me a pointer? How did you fit the top inside the container to make a floor? I’m having trouble squeezing mine in.
Hi Patty! Good question. I cut a slit halfway across the top so I could overlap the edges a bit and make the circle smaller. I’d love to see how yours turns out!
How creative! My daughter would probably have Little Ponies living in hers, though, lol!
Aw! This is adorable! I want to make something like this for my son and his care bears!
Thanks for the terrific craft idea that I could can do with two of my older grandchildren.
That’s really a cute and creative project! Love it! I’m pregnant with a girl and would love to make her this someday.
My 2 granddaughters (sisters) loved watching the movie Tangled and are big Rapunzel fans. Last Halloween the 5 yr old wore a Rapunzel costume. This tower is a great project to do with them when they visit. I know they’ll alternate with their other Disney characters in the tower. Thanks… Read more »
Oh my goodness this is adorable 🙂 🙂 and definitely getting made in our home!
I’m the Editor of Fun Family Crafts and wanted to let you know that we have featured your Rapunzel project! You can see it here:
If you have other kid-friendly craft tutorials, we’d love for you to submit them. Thanks for a great project idea!
Oh thank you! I’ll check out your site. We appreciate the feature.