Spooky season is officially here, and I want to kick things off with an extra eerie papercraft! So, let’s get right to it. I hope you’ve got your wits about you, because you’re going to need them when you step inside Dracula’s castle!
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When I showed this project to my son, he asked, “Is it alive?” and that’s how I knew that this design was successful! As I sketched out my ideas, I knew I wanted to create a cool-looking castle, but I also wanted to make sure the “creepy vibe” could be felt in the architecture. So, that’s where the eyes, bats wings, fangs, and subtle “blood” accents came into play. I wasn’t sure how well it would come across in the end; but, overall, I think it is quite successful!
I hope you’re ready for a devilishly fun diversion! Though this project requires a fair amount of patience, the end result is well worth the effort.
- Hot Glue
- A Marker
- Foam Tape (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 pieces to your 3D Dracula’s castle.
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.
Assembling the Large Tower Pieces
2. Gather up your rectangular tower pieces. Attach the vellum window pieces to the inside, and the windowpanes to the outside. Assemble each tower like so:
Black Towers: Fold each tower along the score lines. Glue the tab to the inside.
Center, Grey Tower: Fold all three pieces along the score lines. Glue the tabs to the inside. Attach the smaller, top part of the tower to the balcony piece using the tabs/slits provided. Then, glue the whole thing on top of the larger, bottom part of the tower.
Grey/Purple Side Towers: Fold each tower along the score lines, but don’t glue the tabs in place just yet. Using the tabs/slits provided, attach your batwing pieces to each of the grey tower walls. Then, attach the top of the bat wings to the base of the small, purple turrets. With those in place, finish gluing your tower pieces together.
Next, assemble the three purple tower roofs, the two grey ones, and the medium-sized black ones. Attach the black and yellow “eye” pieces to the front of your grey tower roof sections.
With those assembled, you can attach them to their corresponding towers.
Note: The purple roof pieces with holes go to the grey side towers. The hole will go on the side with the turret.
Assembling the Small Tower Pieces
3. Gather the pieces shown in the first picture below.
Start by assembling all the small, black and white pyramid pieces. Also assemble the skinny purple pieces, and the two small rectangular pieces that don’t have slits.
Next, fold the long, purple, rectangular tower pieces, but don’t glue the tabs to the inside just yet. Attach the decorative, red pieces to your towers using the tabs/slits provided. Attach the skinny purple pieces to the top of the towers as well. With those in place, finish gluing the towers.
Then, fold the other two small rectangular pieces. Before gluing the tabs down, attach the other end of each of the skinny purple pieces to them using the tabs/slits provided.
Finish assembling those little purple towers, and attach all of the pyramidal roof pieces like so.
Shape the wider, middle tower by assembling the short, black rectangle. Then attach it to the grey roof section using the tabs/slits provided. Finish assembling the grey roof, and attach the black and grey wing embellishments to the front.
Assembling the Castle
4. Gather up your castle wall pieces. Attach the vellum window pieces to the inside, and the windowpanes to the outside. Attach the gate, door frame, and batwing embellishments to the front piece.
Grab your black castle roof piece, and start placing each of the tower pieces, gluing the tabs to the inside. Start with the tall grey tower in the back, and work your way forward.
Then, attach each of the castle walls.
5. Assemble the base piece using the tabs provided.
Line up the castle walls, and glue them into the base using the tabs/slits provided. Then, attach the two side towers to the base and castle roof.
Finally, attach the tombstones and hills using foam tape. And your scary château is complete!
A lot of time and effort went into this design, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you! No matter how much time I spend sketching things out and making the project functional in Illustrator, I never know exactly how it will turn out when all the pieces come together. Luckily, Dracula’s castle turned out just as haunting and ominous as I had hoped.
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 fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting my 3D Dracula’s castle together. And don’t forget to share your spine-chilling finished project with me on Instagram!
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