How to Build a Castle Model With Every Day Materials

Updated April 17, 2017

Castles have enchanted people for thousands of years. Stories of King Arthur and Camelot add to the mystique of these large structures. Fire breathing dragons battling brave knights in royal courtyards still fill the daydreams of children. Castles serve several purposes. They house royal families and entertain their guests. These fortresses defend a kingdom from enemy intrusions. The first towers on castles were square and vulnerable. They later became round. The thick drawbridge only opened to the welcomed visitor. It is not hard to build your own fortress of yesteryear out of everyday items, and fantasise yourself travelling back to medieval times.

Place a dust sheet down in a well-vented area outside your home. Separate a shoebox and lid from each other and place on a dust sheet. Spray paint the outside of both items black. Allow adequate time for the paint to dry. Remove them from the dust sheet. Place a second lid and four paper towel cardboard inserts on the dust sheet. The second lid should be the same size as the first, and you need to paint both sides. Spray paint these items red. When the paint is dry, turn them over and paint the other side. When paint is dry, remove from the dust sheet. Place the cone shaped drinking cups on the dust sheet, and spray paint the outside of them gold. Make sure all items are completely dry before bringing them back inside your home.

Draw a 5-by-4-inch rectangle on the front of the black lid. This should be in the centre of the lid near the bottom, as this will be your drawbridge opening. Cut around three sides of the rectangle with a utility knife, leaving the bottom attached. Fold the rectangle outwards and down, to resemble a drawbridge. Place glue around the inner edges of the lid, and install it back onto the shoebox.

Puncture a small hole on each side of the rectangle with the utility knife. Make the hole even with the top of the opening. Puncture a small hole on each side of the drawbridge, near the extended end. Cut four pieces of yarn into 8-inch lengths. Push the end of one piece of yarn through the small hole on the right side of the opening. Tape the end to the inside of the shoebox. Push the other end of the piece of yarn through the small hole on the right side of the drawbridge. Pull it tight, making sure the drawbridge can fully open. Tape the yarn to the bottom of the drawbridge. Cut off any excess yarn. Repeat this process for the left side. This will be the front of your castle.

Place glue on a paper towel cylinder insert, and attach it to the right side of the shoebox. This should be near the front, and standing straight up. Glue another cylinder in the same manner, close to the back of the same side. Repeat this process with the other two cylinders, on the left side of the shoebox. Allow the glue adequate time to harden.

Place some glue around the diameter of the top edge of one of the paper towel cylinders. Gently push one drinking cup cone upside down onto the top of that cylinder insert. Repeat this process for all four cylinder inserts and cones. Allow the glue adequate time to harden.

Place the red lid upside down on a table. With a scissor, cut 1-inch squares out of the edges, around the entire perimeter of the lid. Leave a 1-inch square in between each one cut out square. The result should look like teeth, or an upside down crown. Place a dab of glue in several places on top of the shoebox. Turn the lid over. Place it on top of the shoebox, and centre it. The teeth should be pointing upwards, and the lid's edges touching each of the cylinder inserts.

Draw a 1-inch by 3-inch rectangle on a sheet of black construction paper. Cut it out with a pair of scissors. Use this to trace seven more rectangles on the paper, and cut them out. Place glue close to the 1-inch edge on a rectangle. Fold the edge around the top section of a toothpick. This should resemble a flag and post. Repeat the same process with the other seven rectangles and toothpicks. Allow adequate time for the glue to harden.

Place a dab of glue on the pointed end of a drinking cup. Poke the bottom of a toothpick flag through the point of the cup, leaving some of the toothpick exposed. Repeat this process with the other three cones and flags. Place a dab of glue on each of the four inner corners of the red lid. Poke a toothpick flag through each spot of glue, leaving some of the toothpick exposed. Allow adequate time for the glue to harden.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox
  • 2 Shoebox lids
  • Black spray paint
  • Red spray paint
  • Gold spray paint
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • 4 cone shaped drinking cups
  • 4 paper towel cardboard inserts
  • Clear household glue
  • Yarn
  • Tape
  • 8 toothpicks
  • Black construction paper
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Dan Dechenaux has written since 2009. Specializing in health and sports topics, he contributes articles to The Sports Ad-Visor. Dechenaux received a Master of Arts in communication arts from the University of Notre Dame.