Fairy Tale Castles

Who wouldn’t want to live in a fairy tale world of color? Students in 2nd grade created these beautiful castles made of painted paper.


Week one: We looked at various castles and discussed analogous colors for a sky.

Students then created painted paper backgrounds.

The children loved the process of using vibrant watercolors on watercolor paper. They notice how the colors melted into one another and when dried created swirls and lines in the paper.





Week Two: Students used painted paper to create a symmetrical castles with towers and a main hall.



Creating the Castle

6 x 9 inch paper folded vertically then cut in half makes the towers. Another 6 x 9 inch piece of painted paper for the main hall. I showed students how to make “pumpkin teeth” at the top of the 6 x 9 paper to illustrate the front wall of the castle.


Adding the Details

Details such as windows, a drawbridge door, flags and torches were also discussed. Some students really added fun details like clouds, a sun, moats and trees and bushes.


Scrap Box of Painted Paper for fun details


Let your creativity soar when creating your own fairy tale castle.

Materials Needed:

Liquid Watercolors

watercolor paper

painted paper




Keep on Creating!

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    January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Love the textures on the castles and the watercolor skies. What a fun project!

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    January 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    çok beğendim.aferin onlara.tebrikler..

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    January 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    So funny that you and Patty (Deepspace Sparkle) posted similar castle lessons within a couple of hours of each other! Great minds think alike, and we art teachers have parallel brains it seems.

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    January 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Phyl, I know! I said the same thing on her facebook page!

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    January 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Really cute and whimsical- love them!

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    January 8, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I just adore painted paper and the kids have so much fun creating their own. I really like how you have the kids create the paper for this project and the castles turned out great!

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