Become a princess and use your Fairy Tale Castle from Styrofoam. It's great for your daughter, niece, granddaughter or even your son who wants to be a prince. It can be a great hit at birthday parties for the kids.
- STYROFOAM Brand Products:
- 4- 2" x 12" x 18" sheets
- 4- 6" cones
- 8- 8" disc
- 11- 1 1/2" balls
- 24- 1" balls
- Acrylic paint - gray and red
- Utility knife with new blade
- Thick white craft glue and/or low temperature glue gun and glue
- Wooden skewer (optional)
- Gray felt
- 2- large jump rings
- 2- large push pins
- 4- ft. 1/8" ribbon or braid
- Felt scraps, gold doilies etc. for flags and other embellishments
- Cut the following from two foam sheets: two pieces 12" x 12"; four pieces 3 1/4" square; four pieces 12" x 1 1/4" x 2".
- The two 12" x 12" pieces will serve as the front and back walls of the castle. Cut out a drawbridge door, approximately 6" wide and 9" high, from the center of one of the 12" x 12" pieces. Slice the drawbridge door in half, so it's 1" thick.
- The two 2" x 12" x 18" pieces will be the side walls. Glue together the front, back and side walls using white craft glue; insert toothpicks between the seams for reinforcement. Glue the 12" x 1 1/4" x 2" strips into the four inside corners. Glue the 3 1/4" squares to the tops of each corner.
- Cut the 1 1/2" balls in half; glue balls evenly to top of castle walls.
- Cut the 1" balls in half; glue balls evenly around each tower base.
- Cut the disc in half, and then cut 1/3 off each half. Glue two larger wedges on to the front wall, 3/4" from either side of the door.
- Create the mechanics so that the drawbridge door can move up and down. Glue toothpicks or a short piece of a wooden skewer into the sides of the drawbridge door, about 1/8" from the bottom edge. Use a toothpick or the point of a skewer to dig out two narrow channels, 1" x 1/8" x 1/8", on either side of the doorway on the bottom of the castle wall. The skewers or toothpicks in the door should slip into this channel so the door can move freely.
- Paint the castle and the drawbridge gray; paint the cones (towers) red. Let dry.
- Cover the inside of the drawbridge door with gray felt.
- Cut two, 1" long x 1/8" wide pieces of gray felt. Attach two large jump rings to the front wall of the castle with loops of felt glued to the wall.
- Slip the skewers in the drawbridge door into the channels on either side of the door opening. Glue a strip of felt over the channels, being careful that the skewers can still move freely. Knot the ends of two 24" ribbons; push the knots into either side at the top of the door; glue. Run the ribbon through the loops on the castle wall. Insert pushpins into the door surround. Wrap the ribbon around the pushpin to secure.
- Glue on cone towers.
- Decorate the castle. (We used banners cut from red felt and decorated with pieces of gold doilies.)
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