When we returned to work after New Year we had an email from our boss at Viking Direct containing one simple task: do something to decorate our desks to help the team get over the January blues.

Being the creative team, we decided we needed to do something special. So we decided to build a giant cardboard castle in the office.

We decided to build a giant cardboard castle in the office

First we started on the walls. Each wall was created using two panels, both 2m x 1m in length. These panels were then attached in an overlapping manner to add strength to the walls

We attached these panels using glue guns. You’ll be surprised how quickly you get through the glue sticks. In total, we used around 80

When we started making the bricks, we realised we needed a production line, otherwise we weren’t going to finish on time

Two of the team cut and prepared the brick panels, while the other two stuck them on the walls. In the end we made over 480 bricks

One of the hardest tasks, was working out how we would make the towers stand up, as they were over 3m high – cue an ingenious folding idea!

Once we had the bricks attached, we could start to stand everything up

Some of the walls needed a little help until we could get them secured properly

Then, as dawn began to break, we added the drawbridge

Now, all we had left was the flags

In the end, construction took around seven hours, with planning and prep taking a further two hours. We were tired but it was all worth it when we saw our colleagues’ faces the next morning

Lastly, here we are at work, in our lovely new creative space

Lastly, here we are at work, in our lovely new creative space

The final castle

Making of

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