School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Make a Terrific Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Wall with Drawbridge
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge Our medieval castle included features from historical models, including this drawbridge. Ann Logsdon

Easy school project? Am I kidding? No. You can make this easy medieval castle and ace that school project grade.

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

The outer castle was made from a cardboard box. The walls were made from paper mache pressed flat. Brick shapes were drawn into the materials using a plastic knife. After drying, the wall was painted with gray paint and attached to the wall of the box with tacky glue. The drawbridge simply cut from the side of the box and painted brown. Wood grain detail was added using a marker. The bridge is embellished with raffia to represent rope. Dried moss was attached to the sides of the walls to add decorative detail.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Courtyard and Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge Interior Courtyard and Great Hall. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows an overhead view of the courtyard and great hall. Acrylic paints were used throughout the project. The courtyard walls were painted gray, and the grass was painted green. Paper mache stonework was used for the road leading from the drawbridge into the great hall. Immediately behind the drawbridge is a cardboard structure known as a murder hole, which was used for castle defense against raiders.

The archway entrance to the great hall is decorated with painted stonework, torches, and a coat of arms crafted from Crayola Model Magic. We used acrylic craft paints throughout this project. More moss was used to cover the edges of the box.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Courtyard and Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge Interior Courtyard and Great Hall - Side View. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows a side view of the courtyard and entry to the great hall. This view shows a paper ladder leading up to the murder hole and a bucket used to lift stones up to the ledge.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge Interior Great Hall - Overhead View. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows an overhead view of the great hall. The great hall was made using a smaller box placed inside the larger box that formed the outer castle walls and courtyard. We experimented with the interior walls a bit in attempt to find an easier way to make them. Paper mache looked good on the outside walls, but it took forever to dry....I mean days. When you're in a hurry, that's a problem. To save time, we used baker's clay made from salt, flour, and water. We left the interior walls white to save time. Overall, baker's clay was faster than paper mache. However, you must make sure it is perfectly dry before gluing it to the interior walls. Otherwise, you may have salt deposits seeping onto the floor of your box over time. (You can see it on the floor of the great hall.) We painted the floor of the great hall using brown as a background and gray to form stones. The various pieces of furniture were made from cardboard taped together and painted. The king's table is covered with black crepe paper. Our Barbie dolls graciously loaned us some plates that we painted gold and some plastic fruits as well. The roasted pig, ham, carrots, and potatoes were modeled from Crayola Model Magic and painted with acrylics. The banner behind the table was fashioned from felt scraps.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge Fireplace in the Great Hall. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows a clear view of the fireplace and torches, which we modeled from Crayola Model Magic and painted using acrylic paint.

The torches were made by rolling out two cone-shaped pieces. The flames were made by making flat, teardrop-shaped pieces that were pulled and flattened to resemble flames.

For the fireplace, we made two flat pieces embellished with stone-like designs pressed into the model magic. The logs were made by simply rolling out various sizes of model magic. the flames were made just like those used in the torches. After the model magic pieces dried, they were painted and allowed to dry completely. As the last step, the pieces were joined together using tacky glue. A piece of cardboard was used as a bracket to hold the floor and back pieces together. (See the next photo.)

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge Fireplace in the Great Hall. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows the fireplace construction from behind. A piece of cardboard was used as a bracket to hold the floor and back pieces together.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge Fireplace in the Great Hall. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows the finished fireplace in detail from the front.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge The King and Princess Chat Before Dinner. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows the king and princes chatting before dinner in front of the finished fireplace. The white interior walls were especially helpful in showing the detail of the figures in the finished piece. We agreed that had we used gray inside, the project would have been too dark inside.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge The Royal Family Poses for a Photo. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows the king and queen with their two children and the court jester posing outside of the castle wall. Each of these figures was formed using Crayola Model Magic over wadded paper armatures. 

The armatures used to make these figures were very simple. We just took paper and wadded it up into cone shapes. We made taller cones for the adults and smaller cones for the child figures. The jester didn't need an armature because he sits low with his legs as a wide base.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge The King Models for the Camera (We swear that his resemblance to Elvis is entirely coincidental.). Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows a closeup of the king. Notice that his shape isn't perfect and minimal modeling skill is needed to create a recognizable figure with Crayola Modeling Magic. After the king was thoroughly dry, we painted him using acrylics. With some of the lighter colors, two coats were needed to completely cover the modeling compound.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge The Royal Family Poses for a Photo. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows the jester. This figure was also made with Crayola Modeling Magic and painted with acrylic paint.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge The Prince and Princess. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows the princess and prince. These figures were also made with Crayola Modeling Magic and painted with acrylic paint.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Castle Great Hall
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge The Prince and King. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

This photo shows the king and prince in the great hall with a good view of the cardboard tables. These figures were also made with Crayola Modeling Magic and painted with acrylic paint. The tables were made from cardboard cut into the shapes of tables and benches and taped onto bases to hold them upright. All were painted with acrylic brown paint.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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School Project - Build a Medieval Castle for a School Project

Outside the Castle
Hands-on School Projects Let Your Child Demonstrate Knowledge The Princess. Ann Logsdon

Build a Medieval Castle for an Easy School Project

The princes models her construction detail.

Purchased Materials Used in This Project

  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Mache
  • Tacky Glue - We used tacky glue for this project because it holds quickly.

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