College student and YouTube personality Blake Grigsby is taking the classic cardboard castle a step further this summer, in support of the American Cancer Society. He is going to try and break the record for the largest cardboard box castle ever built! Here at Packaging News Weekly, anything packaging related gets us excited so we got in touch and asked him a few questions about the project.
Where did the idea to create the worlds largest cardboard box castle come from?
As a kid, I always loved when my parents got a cardboard box because then I could play in it for hours. Then one day it just hit me! Lets build a giant cardboard castle! After a little bit of planning and research I realized it was possible then figured a way to make the project as creative and fun as possible while still raising money for charity.
What kind of cardboard box are you going to use? Small, large, double or single walled?
As of right now, the boxes are based on donations. The boxes are of various sizes! Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Awesome Foundation we will be able to purchase any extra boxes we need to pursue such a large project.
Do you have an architect?
We are looking for a professional architect to volunteer but right now we are aligning ourselves with fellow students that are looking to pursue a position in that field giving them some sort of experience.
How big will it be?
Right now, it is at least 8 feet high and 30 feet wide but as we get more donations it is getting much larger. It has to be big enough because we are putting a family improv show in front of it and a restaurant inside of it during the day. All to raise money for the American Cancer Society. We will also be adding things like cannons made of cardboard.
How will it all get put together?
We have a bunch of interest in the project already including the entire student council of Neuqua Valley High school so with those volunteers (and a lot of packaging tape) we will be stacking and packing them starting early in the morning!
Are there any special requirements or procedures you have to go through to get an official world record?
Still awaiting that word from Guinness. As of right now, any previous attempts are just on the internet (current record is 1,500 by BYU students).
Cinderella or Princess Peach?
Cinderella… Hands down! Maybe because I consider myself to be more of a Prince Charming than a Mario… Even though the ladies don’t necessarily agree.
Don’t worry Blake, we don’t think you’re a Mario! If you would like to take part in this exciting project, donate or go for a family day out, keep your eyes on Blake’s website for more details!