A brand new, totally magical design is here! This one has been in the works for some time, and I am elated to be sharing it with you today. Step into the world of fantasy with my intricate, 3D Disneyland castle!
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Isn’t it just stunning!? This project has been on my to-do list for over a year now, but I was so intimidated by it that I’ve been putting it off. And I was right to be intimidated…it was a lot of work. To see it all come together, though, makes it all worth it!
- Vellum (for the windows)
- Hot Glue
- Foam Tape
- Decorative Ribbon/Gems (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D Disneyland castle pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Prep Work (Optional)
2. To make my castle walls appear more “brick-like” I painted some grey stones and inked the edges of my paper. If you would like to do the same, this is a good thing to do at the beginning, so that your paint/ink has time to dry.
Assembling the Top Towers
3. Gather the pieces for the left tower.
Start by assembling the small, pointy tower topper. Fold along the score lines, and glue the tabs to the inside. Attach the blue roof pieces to the outside.
Next, assemble the small, rectangular tower piece. Attach the pointy tower piece (assembled previously) on top.
Assemble the largest tower piece in much the same way. Before attaching the final tabs, though, insert the bottom tabs of the small tower into the top roof section and glue them to the inside. Also insert the bottom tab of the gold railing piece and glue that to the inside.
Attach the blue roof pieces to the outside.
4. Gather the pieces for the middle tower.
Start by assembling the top window section. Attach the vellum window piece to the inside, and the gold window pane to the outside. Fold along the score lines, and glue the tabs to the inside.
Attach the other vellum window piece (bottom window) to the inside of the large tower piece, and the gold window pane to the outside.
Assemble the largest tower piece; but, before attaching the final tabs, insert the top window section and glue the tabs to the inside.
Attach the blue roof pieces to the outside, as well as the small turret pieces (I attached these with foam tape).
5. Gather the pieces for the right tower.
Assemble the largest tower piece as you have before, making sure to insert the bottom tabs of both the small tower and the gold railing piece into the roof section, and gluing them to the inside.
Note: Since the gold paper I used is single-sided, I included a second little tower piece to glue to the backside. This may not be necessary for you to use if your paper has color on both sides.
Attach the blue roof pieces to the outside.
6. Gather the pieces for the middle-back towers.
Roll your three pink, rectangular sections into cylinders, and glue the long tab to the inside. Curl your blue topper pieces into cones, and use the little tabs on the edge to attach them to their corresponding blue circle base.
Draw on some little windows, if you’d like. Then, attach your smallest gold pieces, near the top of your towers. I used little pieces of foam tape to do this, in order to give it a little more dimension. Attach the blue cone pieces to the top of the towers.
Attach the largest gold piece around the perimeter of the pink circle that includes two cuts within it.
Finish assembling the larger tower by inserting the tabs of the top piece into the circular piece. Attach the pink circle that doesn’t have any cuts to the bottom (to cover up the tabs). Then, glue the bottom tower piece to the others.
Assembling the Front Towers
7. Gather the pieces for the front towers.
The four little pink/blue towers are all the same dimensions and assembled the same way. Start by drawing some little windows on, if you’d like. Then, roll your four pink, rectangular sections into cylinders, and glue the tab to the inside. Curl your blue topper pieces into cones, and use the little tabs on the edge to attach them to their corresponding blue circle base. Attach each cone to the top of each tower.
Attach two towers to the grey square pieces, using the tabs/slits provided.
Next, attach the slim grey pieces around the perimeter of the grey circles that include two cuts within them. Then, attach the last two towers using the tabs/slits provided. Attach the grey circles that don’t have any cuts to the bottom (to cover up the tabs).
Finally, roll the two grey, rectangular sections into cylinders, and glue the tab to the inside. Attach the round tower pieces to the top.
Putting it all Together
8. Let’s put it all together now! Grab your grey base sheet, and start attaching each tower section, one at a time. Glue the tabs to the inside. Connect the pink window/arch piece between the little left tower and the smaller back tower.
Then, add any embellishments you’d like!
9. Attach the gold arches and iron gates to the front and back walls. Finish assembling by attaching all the walls and front towers to the base sheet.
The easiest way I found to do this is by:
First, attaching the square front towers and sidewalls.
Second, attaching the back wall.
Third, attaching the front, middle wall.
Fourth, attaching the two round towers.
When I finally put the last piece of my 3D Disneyland castle in place, I was positively giddy! It turned out exactly as I had hoped. So beautiful!
Seeing the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle just brings back so many happy memories! I grew up in a family that LOVED visiting Disneyland. We made the trip to Anaheim almost yearly since the time I was four, and it has always been the “happiest place on earth” for our family.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other 3D freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making your very own, 3D Disneyland castle! I hope you have as much fun putting it together as I did. Be sure to share your stunning results with me on Instagram!
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