How to Make a Fort Out of Paper

Updated February 21, 2017

When you are teaching children about the Middle Ages or medieval history, the kids can become disinterested in the topic if you only lecture to them from a book. Make medieval history more exciting by providing the kids with a topical project related to the material. For example, when teaching the kids about medieval forts, have the kids construct a fort out of paper that they can use to re-enact a battle or a siege.

Place four empty paper cereal boxes on their sides in a square form on a tabletop. Tape the boxes together with masking tape to secure the square in place.

Place an empty paper towel roll upright against each of the corners of the cereal box square, and tape them into place.

Cut out four circles from card stock paper, each measuring 4 inches in diameter. Cut halfway into the middle of each circle, and curl each circle into a cone. Tape the seam of each cone using masking tape to secure them in place.

Tape a cone onto each upright paper towel tube using masking tape.

Cut out windows and doors from the cereal boxes using scissors. Be creative. Place the windows and doors wherever you prefer.

Paint the outside and inside of the paper fort using acrylic paint. Make the fort look authentic by painting it grey or brown, or make it look more artistic by painting it with vibrant colours. Allow the paint to dry fro 20 minutes before displaying the paper fort.


Use your fort during a make-believe battle, or as a diorama for a class project.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 Paper cereal boxes
  • 4 Paper towel tubes
  • Masking tape
  • Card stock paper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
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