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❶Tips When wrapping the boxes in tinfoil, use very large pieces, not tiny little pieces. Add anything else that you think completes the castle's overall appearance.




The reflection on the foil makes for a nice water effect. Build the castle bridge. Cut a small piece of black craft paper into a rectangle with a rounded top for the appearance of space going into the castle. Then trace around that black doorway onto a piece of brown paper or cardboard and cut that brown shape out to form the bridge.

Glue the black piece to the front wall of the castle to create the door space. Place the brown piece flat down in front of the door space and glue it to the moat.

Measure to be sure the bridge will be long enough to cross the moat. To create a drawbridge effect, glue a piece of string to each side of the top of the black doorway. Glue the other end of the strings to top of the bridge on each side.

This will create the effect of the chains used to draw up the bridge. Add anything else that you think completes the castle's overall appearance. In this case, the turrets have been finished with roofs and flags and some banners have been hung from the ramparts. Cut medieval flag and banner shapes from craft paper and glue them to toothpicks to create flags which you can glue into the tops of your turret roofs. You can also glue banners on the front, top end of your rampart wall over the doorway.

Start with a large cardboard box. Some of your best options would be a wardrobe box or a refrigerator box. You want something large enough that your child can crawl inside and play. You can purchase wardrobe boxes from a moving company. Try getting free boxes from a local store which sells appliances.

For multiple sections and levels to your castle, choose boxes of different shapes and sizes. Washer and dryer boxes would work well for this. Reinforce the box with tape. Set up the box with the top flaps reaching upward. Tape the corners of the flaps together on the inside of the box using packaging tape. This creates more height with an opening on top of the box.

If you would like to add some fun color to your box, you can use a colored tape, like painters tape on the outside of the corners instead. Consider also using this tape to create the stone effect all around the outside.

Create a rampart wall effect along the top of the box. Measure the top of one side of the box from corner to corner. Divide that length by an even number such as 12 or 8. Using a ruler, and starting in the corner of one side of the top of the box, measure out and draw a square with sides the length of one section according to your calculations. Using a box-cutter, cut out this square. You will use this as a template. Place the template next to the cut square hole in the top of the box.

Line the edge of the square to one side of the cut. Trace the other side of the template onto the top of the box, then move the template, lining an edge on this line. Finish tracing the rest of the square and cut it out of the top of the box. Repeat this process all the way around the top of the box, creating an alternating square and cut section to make the rampart effect. Draw a window on the top, left corner of your castle. This should be a thin rectangle with a rounded top.

You want it to be just large enough for your child to be able to peek through. Cut the window out using a box cutting knife. On the bottom, left of the box, draw a rectangle with a rounded top. This should be larger than your window and wide enough for your child to crawl through.

Cut this door out with your box cutting knife. Only cut the two sides and the top, leaving the bottom section attached to the box. Be careful when cutting out the doorway that you do not damage the piece which is being cut to make the space. This will become your drawbridge. Using a drill or screwdriver, puncture two holes in the box, one on each side of the top of the doorway.

Thread a piece of nylon rope through these holes from front to back, then tie a knot on the inside of the box. Puncture two more holes one each side of the top of the drawbridge section you have cut out. Push the other end of each rope through these holes and tie knots on the section that is touching the ground to secure the rope in place.

This will make the area more durable. Your child can raise and lower the drawbridge by pulling on the knots in the rope from the inside the box. Draw details around your window and doorway. Using a large marker or paint, draw a keystone at the top of the arch of the doorway.

The top side will, consequently, be slightly larger than the bottom. You can make this top side slightly rounded. Using the keystone as your starting point, draw similar quadrilaterals from the top of the arch, all the way to the bottom of the doorway. Repeat this on the other side. Use this same technique to create detail around the window. Also draw squares along the bottom of the window.

These should be roughly the same size as your quadrilaterals. Draw your castle walls. Using paint or a thick, permanent marker, draw a stone design onto your box. Start by drawing a horizontal rectangle along the bottom of your box and connecting equally-sized rectangles all the way around the bottom.

The other side should rise up from the center of the next stone on the bottom layer. Connect these sides with a line on the top. Repeat this system until you have covered the walls of your castle in stones.

This step is great for getting your child involved. You can also draw the lines in pencil and have your child trace them with a marker or paint. If you would like to make a larger castle, attach another box to this main one. Using a smaller box than the original, line it up to the side of the main box and trace the square where it will fit.

Cut this square out of the main box. Slide one set of flaps from the new box through the square and tape them to the inside of the main box to hold it in place. Proceed with adding windows, details, and drawing stones on each new section which is added to the castle. Just attach some string to both sides of the bridge. Put the string through two holes in a wall, and there you have it.

Not Helpful 17 Helpful Get a piece of cardboard the length of your castle and twice as wide plus a little more. Fold it in half lengthwise. Tape it to the castle top. Not Helpful 14 Helpful All you have to do is take a piece of paper and curl it into a cone shape before taping or gluing it.

You can find videos of this online if you need a visual demonstration. You could also cut out four triangles and tape or glue them together. Not Helpful 6 Helpful 9. It takes quite long for this to be done but that is part of the fun. It's an adventure, an experience, not something to be rushed and gotten over and done with.

Not Helpful 27 Helpful You can do anything with your castle. It is yours, after all, and you can personalize it any way you'd like, including putting rocks around the base. Not Helpful 19 Helpful Tools for woodworking include: A circular saw for cutting the wood A hammer A screwdriver Wood glue Nails and screws of various sizes. Before designing your castle, consider any factors that will affect your design. For example, consider your space limitations.

This includes your workspace and the display space. What are the limitations of your building medium? How big is your budget? Paper castles are cheaper than foam or wooden castles. How much time can you devote to your project? Wooden castles are very sturdy, but they will take weeks to complete. Decide whether or not to create your own design.

There are many excellent model castle designs available online and at craft stores. These designs are good for beginners or for those working with unforgiving mediums such as wood.

However, if you have a specific design in mind, it may be best to design your own castle. Sketch the castle to scale. For example, if your castle will be three feet by two feet.

It may be useful to use graph paper to sketch your castle. Include any small details such as turrets or a drawbridge. Separate the large and small sections. Your castle will be composed of several large sections with many small sections mounted on top. Sketch each section separately to help you visualize the building process. Measure and plan each section. Use your sketch as a guide. Create measurements for each separate section of the castle.

Visualize building the castle with these different sections to help check your measurements. Make sure you include any accent features. Turrets Towers Roofs A large base for your castle. Consider making paper templates. This step is optional, but it may be useful to create paper templates of any repetitive forms.

Next, lay the template on each piece of foam to cut out the tower. Each tower will be the same size and shape. This method is also useful when creating paper castles. Instead of drawing and measuring each repetitive section, make a paper template to use. Cut out each piece. Depending on your building medium, you may need a saw, craft blade, or heated wire foam cutter. First, use a ruler and a pencil to mark the places you need to cut.

Next, carefully cut out each piece of the castle, using your design as a guide. It may be tempting to begin building after the first few pieces. However, if you cut all of the sections out before starting, it will be easier to finish the project. It may be useful to number each piece to help you keep track of where they belong.

Cut any accents into the building pieces. Before you assemble the castle, cut out any windows, turrets, or doorways. Use your template as a guide. Otherwise, you may cut in the wrong places. If needed, use your ruler to measure any accents before cutting them out or create a paper template. Measure out and draw small 1 x 1 inch squares 2. Next, cut out every other square to create turrets. Use this window as a guide to ensure that all your windows look the same. Craft the larger sections.

These sections are the foundation of your castle. Remember to use the correct adhesives for your medium. For foam, use spray adhesive, hot glue, or tacky glue. For cardboard, use white craft glue, glue sticks, and masking tape.

Assemble the smaller sections. These sections are the structural accents, such as towers, rooftops, and large gates. Completely assemble each section before connecting it to the larger base sections. When you have finished assembling these sections, your castle will be ready to decorate If you use tacky glue, spray adhesive, or wood glue, let the structure dry for a few hours before decorating it.

Attach the castle to a base. If you want to create a large, complex landscape around your castle, you will need a large base. Alternatively, use a small base as a simple mount for your castle.

If the castle is wooden, attach it with nails or screws. Use a strong foam board base for foam or paper castles. Paint the walls of the castle. Most castles are painted gray. However, there are many castles that are beige, white, and brown. Additionally, consider using a darker shade of the same color to outline any bricks or embellishments.

Each medium works best with specific kinds of paint. You can use almost any kind of paint on wood. However, spray paint and water based acrylic paint work best.

Any water based acrylic or latex paint works well on foam. However, avoid using spray paint as it will dissolve the foam. However, use spray paint sparingly as it may make these mediums soggy and weak. Once the walls of the castle are dry, you can begin painting any embellishments. Use a variety of colors to paint accents on your castle.

For example, use a deep burgundy to paint any rooftops. Window sills Window panes Doors and gates. This is a quick, easy way to give your castle a colorful backdrop. If you want to create a realistic landscape, visit a craft store for fake grass and small stones.


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Dec 07,  · To make the towers, lay a line of glue along one edge then roll paper into a cylinder. Hold the paper together for 60 seconds. I find this is long enough to keep the paper together.

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Make two /2-inch slits down from the top of each wall, each about 1/2 inch in from the edge. To assemble, slide the cuts in the wall pieces up into the cuts on the tubes. Attach the turrets to the walls of the Paper Castle.

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