How to make a castle out of popsicle sticks

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How to make a castle out of popsicle sticks
You can make your own castle out of Popsicle sticks. (castle image by Krzysztof Gebarowski from

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.

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Things you need

  • Popsicle sticks (crafting sticks)
  • White glue
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Rubber bands

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  1. 1

    Lay down sheets of newspaper to protect the work surface.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    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.

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