Set the stage for royal fun with a homemade paper castle. Removable felt flags can be pinned to the turrets for a fun party game.
Paper Castle
Credit: Tara Donne

What You'll Need

  • 7 pieces of 81/2"x 11" red paper
  • 20 pieces of 81/2"x 11" purple paper
  • 2 pieces of 22"x 28" darker purple paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • 5 pieces patterned scrapbook paper
  • Double-stick tape
  • Red felt
  • Self-adhesive Velcro dots
  • Hole punch
  • Red yarn

Make It

  1. Cut one piece of purple paper in half.
  2. Cut windows into three red pieces of paper and four purple pieces of paper with a craft knife (cut an "I" shape).
  3. Cut dark-purple paper into a crenellated parapet shape. Cut six 1"x 2" rectangles for windows. Cut one 8"x 20" rectangle; fold in half lengthwise and round cut ends for drawbridge.
  4. Cut scrapbook paper into 11"x 12"x 12" triangles. Fold each in half lengthwise and in half again; unfold to create 3-D shape.
  5. Cut red felt into triangles; adhere the soft side of a Velcro dot to each. Cut three flagpoles from red paper.
  6. Assemble the castle by using double-stick tape to adhere the pieces of paper to the wall. Use guide below to create the castle. Add windows and parapets when you are done.
  7. Tape flagpoles to towers. Tape turrets to wall. Attach rough side of Velcro dots used for flags at top of each turret and flagpole.
  8. Punch holes in each side of drawbridge and run pieces of yarn through holes, securing with knots on one side and tape on the other. Tape drawbridge to castle's base so it can open.
  9. Have kids attach flags to turrets.

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Parents magazine.

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