I saw this project over at Ikat Bag and I thought it would be perfect for my girls. The princesses pop out of the castle whenever it's time to play, or when a suitable prince shows up. The peek-a-boo factor was a big hit with my youngest and the overall fanciness of this make-believe was great for my oldest.
But my girls were a little young for this. It turned into a lot of them sitting around eating crackers, and occasionally making important decisions as to hair/dress/castle colors, and then me scurrying off to execute those decisions before the little one had a total meltdown. It would have been great to have another pair of hands that were competant with scissors and glue. If we do it again I'll pre-cut everything.
We made a few modifications from the instructions I found. We used wooden heads and dowels instead of straws and foam cut-outs. Good thing since the pricesses were quickly cast as wicked stepsisters and knocked around in deserved punishment.
The fairy godmother I made went skirt-side out, upside-down and was recast as a feather duster. I wasn't gonna complain about that.
I found the instructions and great photos for this project here.