How to build a 3D castle for elementary-grade students

Elementary students will enjoy making a 3D model of a castle during a unit study about these buildings. The children can collect the supplies to make the castle for a few days or weeks before the project to ensure that every student can make the castle they want. Hold a contest after every child builds his castle to determine the best-designed fortress. You even could present several different awards, such as prettiest castle, most historically accurate or most structurally sound.

Cut off the flaps of a large cardboard box with a craft knife.

Draw the outline of the tops of the castle walls with a marker and ruler onto the top of the box. Draw square teeth onto the top of the box. Cut out the teeth with a craft knife to make the tops of the castle walls.

Sketch the outline of a curved drawbridge onto one side of the box. Cut out the bridge and fold the flap down to make the castle drawbridge.

Trim the top 3 inches off of four square tissue boxes. Glue four more tissue boxes to the bottom of the cut boxes. Glue the stacked boxes to each corner of the large box to make castle turrets. Repeat the square-tooth pattern on top of the tissue boxes with scissors.

Cut windows into the walls with a craft knife.

Add any other details, such as an interior floor, second story or more towers to the castle as desired. Hold the extra items in place with glue and masking tape.

Paint the castle to look like a real castle. Use different shades of grey paint to create a realistic stone appearance. Allow the paint to dry before playing with the castle.

Things You'll Need

  • Large cardboard box
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • 8 tissue boxes
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Masking tape
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.