How to make a castle out of popsicle sticks

Updated April 17, 2017

A Popsicle-stick castle building project is a great rainy-day activity for the entire family. Even young children can make a Popsicle-stick castle with a little help from an adult. Older children can begin with the basic castle components and combine them into more elaborate creations. Popsicle-stick castles require practically no crafting materials beyond the Popsicle sticks themselves.

Lay down sheets of newspaper to protect the work surface.

Create a basic box structure by laying two Popsicle sticks down, parallel to each other. Lay two more parallel sticks on top, perpendicular to the first pair, to form a square. Glue the sticks in place.

Continue layering sticks on top of each other to build up your box structure, repeating the pattern described above. Build as many box structures as you like: you can combine them later to create sections of the castle.

Create a roof section by gluing the tips of two Popsicle sticks together to form a 45-degree angle. Glue another pair of sticks together in the same way to create a frame for a roof. Line up the two sections of frame on a piece of folded cardboard, and connect the frame pieces with flat Popsicle sticks, glued in place as siding.

Glue Popsicle sticks to cardboard tubes from rolls of toilet paper or paper towels to create turrets and spires.

Combine the box structures, roof sections, and turrets with each other to create a castle and glue them in place. Secure turrets to the sides of walls with rubber bands to keep them in place while the glue is drying.

Things You'll Need

  • Popsicle sticks (crafting sticks)
  • White glue
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Rubber bands
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Fred Samsa has been writing articles related to the arts, entertainment and home improvement since 2003. His work has appeared in numerous museum publications, including program content for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he was awarded a Presidential Fellowship in 2005. He holds a Master of Arts in art from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Brown University.