Introduction: How to Build a DIY Castle

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When you think about a castle, what do you think it is made of? Stone, timber or clay? Turns out you can make a castle with just construction paper and paper towel roll! With these colorful construction paper and different sizes of paper towel rolls, your castle can be very personalized and unique.

Here is how to make a fun simple castle out of simple paper and toilet paper rolls! We have a video tutorial on how to create this castle on YouTube. After you create your castle, share it on social media with #HomeMakeKit so we can see how it turned out!


Toilet paper rolls, Construction paper, Glue, Scissors, and a Small Bowl

Step 1:

Place the small bowl over the construction paper. Trace with a pencil the circle around the bowl. Next, Cut along the circle. Fold in half and cut along the crease.

Step 2:

Now you have two semi-circles. Pick one semi- circle and form a cone. Glue the edges together.

Step 3:

Wrap the paper towel roll in construction paper and secure it with glue. Draw some windows and doors on the roll.

Step 4:

Glue the cone roof and the paper roll together. Next, take two paper rolls and wrap with construction paper. Cut one roll in half. Make two slits with scissors in the second roll. Then slide the half roll inside the slits. Glue another cone roof on top and draw architectural elements such as windows and doors on the roll.

Step 5: ​Critical Thinking...

Why does the castle look like the way it is? (cylinder on bottom and cone on top). Let compare cylinder with cone for a minute. Under the condition that the radius and height of cylinder and cone are the same, a cylinder has three times larger space than a cone. Larger spare is more efficient for people to use. But why not make the top cylinder too? If you look at the front of a cylinder and a cone, you will find the cone has a smaller cross section. What is there when we go up for tens of feets? Stronger and stronger wind! A smaller cross section will reduce the force from the wind and make the castle more stable! (Look at the tall buildings to see it gets thinner at the top)