Castle for Keeps

Castle for Keeps craft

Travel back in time with this family or party project that combines imagination and history. Everyone will admire this medieval keepsake.

  • 1.

    Find out about medieval life in Europe. Look at pictures of castles. Identify different parts of castles such as towers, drawbridges, and gates. Discover these unique features of castles, too--turret, bailey, gatehouse, moat, keep, portcullis, and crenels.

  • 2.

    Construct your castle on a recycled pizza box or similar cardboard for a base. Use different sizes of recycled cardboard rolls and boxes to build castle towers. Glue or tape the pieces to each other. Air-dry the glue.

  • 3.

    Cover your work area with newspaper. With Crayola Washable Kid's Paint, decorate the towers, turrets, and landscape. Paint the base as well. Air-dry the paint.

  • 4.

    Make castle walls and other details with construction paper. Cut gates, doors, and other openings in the castle walls. Add battlements, for example, to make your fortress look even more realistic. Glue walls and other parts to towers.

  • 5.

    To make tower roofs, cut construction paper circles a little bigger than the diameter of the tower tops. Cut half-way across each circle to its center. Wrap the cut edges into cones to fit on each tower. Seal the rooftops with glue. Glue roofs to towers. Air-dry the glue.

  • 6.

    With Crayola Washable Markers, draw windows and other details on the castle and its walls. Illustrate the castle's moat and other landscape elements to complete the construction.