• Phil

How to... Build a Model Castle

Updated: Apr 17

This 'How To' provides step by step instructions to build a model castle out of balsa wood. A craft knife is required and therefore these instructions are only suitable for over 18's. Balsa wood is very fragile and as such the castle made is a model not a toy. ​ This castle design is aimed to be eco friendly and as such uses no glue. You will need 8 sheets of balsa wood each 200mm x 100mm (thickness is recommended to be 1.5mm), a craft mat, a craft knife and a metal ruler. All tools and materials required to follow this guide are available in the Crafty You Crafty Me Model Castle Craft Kit. Enjoy.




Step 1.

Mark out one of your pieces of balsa wood as shown.



Step 2. ​ Cut along the line you have marked out. Take care to not damage the wood, you will need both pieces to create your castle. Cutting in from the edges avoids the wood splitting and cutting away from corners prevents accidentally cutting too far and damaging the wood. Using a metal ruler as an edge will help keep your cut straight.



Step 3. ​ You will have created two pieces (Parts A and B). You will need both pieces to create your castle. Repeat steps 1 and 2 six times so that you have six Part A's and six Part B's.



Step 4. ​ Put your Part B's to one side. The next step is to create six identical sides for your castle, including the castle walls and tower crenellations, using the Part A's. The approach is detailed in Steps 4a thru 4d.


Step 4a. ​ To create the castle tower crenellations mark up and cut out to the dimensions shown. Each Merlon being 10mm high and 12mm wide, with the Crenels being 7mm wide. Each tower should have 3 Merlons and 2 Crenels. Remember to cut in from the edges to avoid the wood splitting and cut away from corners to prevent accidentally cutting too far.


Step 4b. ​ To create the castle wall crenellations mark up and cut out to the dimensions shown. Each Merlon being 10mm high and 14mm wide, with the Crenels being 5mm wide. The wall should have 5 Merlons and 6 Crenels.


Step 4c. ​ As this eco design uses no glue, assembly slots are required to hold the internal and external castle walls together. Cut these slots in each castle tower. 12 in total.