Castle Planter

Castle Planter craft

Use a plastic planter and recyclables found around your house to build your very own castle! You decide what shape it will take and how it’s decorated!

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    With Crayola Scissors and perhaps an adult’s help, cut cardboard to use as a base for your structure. Gather several other things you can use as armatures to build your castle around, such as small boxes and cardboard tubes. Use a metal or plastic plant pot for the main section of the castle so that you can later add your very own houseplant!

  • 2.

    Cut and arrange the pieces on the base in different ways until you have a pleasing castle structure. Use Crayola School Glue to attach sections. Air-dry the structure.

  • 3.

    Cover the armatures with Crayola Model Magic® compound to decorate your castle. These are some ideas you might want to try.

  • 4.

    Choose a light Model Magic color for the stone walls. With your hands, a rolling pin, or a marker barrel, roll a medium-sized ball into a slab about as thick as a finger. Cut this slab into pieces to fit the sections of your structure. Smooth out the seam

  • 5.

    Make windows by rolling and cutting thin slabs of a contrasting color of compound. Align windows so that they are straight and about the same size. Press them into place.

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    To cover the base, use small amounts of Model Magic compound to create soil, hills, or even a moat! Using a garlic press to make really fun grass and plants. For water in the moat, pinch Blue Sky compound between your fingers and curl slightly to look lik

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    To make flagpoles, cover all but the ends of wooden toothpicks with a thin layer of Model Magic compound. Press them into the castle. Form flags from bright colors. Pinch the tops and bottoms to the flagpoles.

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    To make a bridge, cover a cardboard rectangle with Model Magic compound. Press wooden toothpicks into it to look like slats. Press one end of each of two short pieces of string to the corners of the bridge, set in place, and anchor the other ends of the s

  • 9.

    Add potting soil and a plant. Your castle planter is the base of your own kingdom! Or a wonderful gift for a plant lover!