How to Make Castles for an Art Project

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How to Make Castles for an Art Project
Building a model castle can be a fascinating and educational project. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Building a 3D castle for an art project can help students to learn about the architecture and design features of different styles of castles, such as turrets, drawbridges and towers. Using a range of materials illustrates the wide variety of items an artist can use to create a beautiful work of art. Implementing the use of recycled materials allows students to create completely "green" model castles.

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Things you need

  • Large square box (same perimeter as the pizza box)
  • Pizza box
  • Tissue box
  • Mail tube
  • Egg carton
  • Selection of small boxes
  • Paper cup
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • String

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  1. 1

    Reinforce the seams of the large box with masking tape. With a pencil, mark on the box a drawbridge with a large window above it, windows on either side and doors. Then cut them out. This will become the castle's keep.

  2. 2

    Cut a rectangular tissue box in half, so that the opening acts as a door and cut out small windows. Cut several pieces of the cardboard into a turret shape, then tape them to the top of the tissue box turret bases. Tape the completed turrets to the front of the keep, one on each side.

  3. 3

    Place newspaper inside a large pizza box before taping it shut to add weight to the base. Tape the keep to the pizza box base. Cut a section from an empty egg carton and tape it under the window above the drawbridge to act as a balcony. Cut a paper cup in half and tape this half over one of the side windows, creating a veranda.

  4. 4

    Draw windows onto two mail tubes--cardboard tubes from inside wrapping paper or kitchen roll work just as well--then cut them out. Decide where on the keep you are going to situate the towers, then tape them in place.

  5. 5

    Fold newspaper to create an arch around the main door. Tape it in place, ensuring the drawbridge can still open and close. Attach a piece of string on each side, running from the arch to the drawbridge.

  6. 6

    Cut a cereal box to create a mezzanine on the top of the keep. Tape it in place and then select a round box or container--a Pringles or peanut tub is ideal. Cut a door and windows in this round tub and tape it to the mezzanine.

  7. 7

    Cover all the joints and seams on the model castle with masking tape, then paint using a grey acrylic paint. Mix a darker grey paint and use a small square sponge to apply this darker shade to the walls, creating a brickwork effect. Cut out a circle of dark grey or black paper, cut it in half and roll each half into a cone shape to attach to the top of the mail tube towers.

Tips and warnings

  • Encourage each student to create his own coat-of-arms and flags to decorate the castle.

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