There are five different Disney castles to choose from when making a Disney castle. There are four Cinderella castles, in Florida, Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and there is a Sleeping Beauty castle located at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Each castle is somewhat different. Pictures of each castle can be found on the Disney Frontier Blog. Re-creating any one of these castles can be done without costing a great deal of money. However, making a Disney castle with papier-mache will require at least two days.
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Things you need
- Chicken wire
- Masking tape
- Wire cutters
- Paper towel rolls
- Coffee can
- Square box
- Plastic funnels
- White paint
- Paint in assorted colours
- Paint brushes
Choose the castle you want to make and print out a picture of the castle to use as a guide. The amount of material you will need will be dependent on how large you want to make the castle.
Use the chicken wire to create a shell of the castle. Wrap the chicken wire around the square box to create the shape for the base of the castle. You'll need to bend the chicken wire at the corners of the box and apply the masking tape to keep the chicken wire in place. Once the chicken wire is taped together, remove the box from the chicken wire. Use the paper towel rolls and the coffee can to mould the chicken wire into towers, and use the plastic funnels to mould the chicken wire into tower peaks. The number of towers you will need will depend on which Disney castle you chose to make.
Tear the old newspaper into strips that are approximately 1-inch wide. These will be used for the papier mache, so you will need a lot of newspaper. It is better to have too much newspaper prepared than to have to stop to tear up more paper.
Make the papier mache paste by combining one part flour with two parts water. For example, if you use two cups of flour, you will need to add four cups of water. Although the amount of paste you will need is dependent on the size of the castle you are making, two cups of flour is a good starting point. You can also make more if you need to.
Dip the strips of newspaper into the papier mache paste one at a time. Use your fingers to wipe off the excess paste,then apply the newspaper to the chicken wire. You'll want to cover the entire chicken wire structure with the papier mache.
Leave the castle out overnight to allow the papier mache to dry. After letting the castle sit, check several areas of the castle to make sure the paste is completely dry. If there are still wet areas, allow more time to dry.
Paint the entire castle white. This will cover the paste and the newspaper print. Allow the paint plenty of time to dry.
Paint the rest of the castle to match the colours of the castle in the picture you chose when you started the castle. After the castle has the desired look, allow the paint plenty of time to dry.
Tips and warnings
- Applying multiple layers of papier mache will add strength to the castle. However, allow the layers to dry in between applications to reduce the amount of time needed for the castle to dry.
- Papier mache can be very messy. It is important to protect the area where you will be working. In addition, the castle will still be fragile while the papier mache is drying, so it is important not to try to move the castle until after it is dry.
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