Build A Cardboard Medieval Castle

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Medieval times, or the middle ages, were between 5th to 15th century. A long time ago. These times in history were very different than now: people lived in castles, rode horses, and had kings. There were jesters in the castle, maids, and knights defending princesses. Today we’ll create our very own cardboard medieval castle, and get ready to re-enact some battles.

Cardboard medieval castle

Building this castle out of cardboard will teach your child to recycle. Take the opportunity to talk about saving trees and re-using paper products to save the earth.

OK, it’s time! Let’s create some medieval crafts for kids, like a strong fortress for your prince and princess.

Craft supplies you’ll need for your medieval castle:

  • empty paper towel rolls
  • cardboard
  • construction paper
  • black marker
  • glue
  • scissors

Building a cardboard castle is not a quick activity. It takes time to cut out the cardboard pieces, make windows and doors, draw the bricks and putting it all together, but you’ll have time to bond with your child.

There are parts of the building process when you can step away: for example, you may be able to let your little one draw the castle walls alone.

In the end, you’l have a nice castle for lots of quiet (or maybe not so quiet, if it’s time for battle) activities later.

Cardboard Medieval Castle

Yield: 1 castle
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: free
Build a cardboard medieval castle and teach your child about these historical times.

Materials

Instructions

Step #1:

Cut two of your empty paper towel rolls in half. These will be the four corners of your castle. Leave the third paper towel roll as is.

Cut paper rolls in half

Step #2:

Take out your black marker. Draw stones on the four pillars. You can do this easily by drawing lines all around the tube, then just create bricks all around those lines.

Step #3:

On one end of each of the four pillars, cut out rectangles. 

Cut out rectangles on one end of each pillar

Step #4:

Draw windows on each of the four pillars.

Draw windows on pillars

Step #5:

Get your cardboard pieces. Make sure that two of them are cut into squares and the other two into rectangles. You want these pieces to be a bit smaller than your pillars when you line them up against each other.

cut out cardboard pieces

Step #6

Use your black marker again and draw smaller bricks on the walls. To make sure the bricks line up on each side you can match them by placing them side by side.

Step #7

Cut out windows in three of the cardboard walls. Create a door in the fourth one.

Cut out windows

Step #8

Glue your four walls, to your four pillars as illustrated here. 

Glue walls to pillars

Step #9:

With the third paper towel roll you had set aside, create a tower for your castle. Draw bricks on this one as well. Create a cone shape out of your construction paper and glue it on the top.

Create castle tower

Now, once you finished building your castle, gather up all our knights and horses to defend your castle from dragons and bad guys!

Make some fun little medieval figurines to go in your castle!!

Medieval Crafts for Kids

With our medieval castle you’ll have a toy to play with for a long time after. With the castle and characters you can play pretend and act out all kinds of stuff.

This is a great time to teach the children a little bit about the middle ages, while they create these great crafts.

More Medieval Crafts For Kids

Create more crafts out of that old cardboard.

Sheriff’s Badge – Play pretend and be the sheriff of your town with this cardboard badge.

Trusty Sidekick – Every sheriff needs a horse, use some more cardboard and make a horse to ride.

Liska over at adventure in a box has a castle project too. You might want to check it out.

Here's how to make a cardboard castle. Click to see the finished project. Kids have so much fun with this castle! #funforkids #cardboardcastle #toycastle #carboardcrafts

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