How to Create a Miniature Castle

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How to Create a Miniature Castle
Tiny paper castles are not detailed but fit perfectly in miniature medieval towns. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Castle crafts are a common activity amongst children, either as a school project or to make a new toy. However, when you play with miniature soldiers or want to make a whole medieval town and not only the king's premises, you must create a miniature-size castle. This means that the whole construction must fit in an adult's palm. It is an unusual task, but not difficult to pull off. The trick is to create an accurate castle template on grey construction paper (to avoid colouring the walls).

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Things you need

  • Gray construction paper
  • Black colouring pen
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Sticky tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Create a square with 3-inch sides in the middle of your grey construction paper. Form adjacent squares on each side of the original one to create a cross.

  2. 2

    Draw the arched door on one of the squares. The base of the door must be on one of the original square's sides. Design the stone pattern on the castle's walls (the four adjacent squares) using a black colouring pen.

  3. 3

    Design successive little squares on top of all walls for the battlements. Cut out the door -- but not its base -- using a cutter (only an adult should use the cutter). After the door, cut out the whole shape with a pair of scissors and remove every second little square to form the crenels and merlons in the battlements.

  4. 4

    Draw four rectangles on the grey paper, making them slightly longer than the squares. Cut them out, roll them to make cylinders and use transparent sticky tape to hold their shape. Use the ruler to measure the diameter of their opening.

  5. 5

    Design four circles on the grey paper using a compass. Their diameter must be larger than the cylinders'. Cut them out and remove a quadrant (90 degrees section) from each circle -- the result should resemble the video game character Pac-man.

  6. 6

    Bring the two rays of the 90 degree angle (Pac-man's lips) together to form cones and hold them with sticky tape. Use a drop of glue on the cylinders' tops to attach the cones and complete the watchtowers.

  7. 7

    Fold the main shape of the castle to make an open square. Use sticky tape to keep the sides together and leave the door open. Use glue to stick a watchtower on each corner of the castle's base.

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