Pop Up Castle
This Pop Up Castle would make a great party invitation for Princes and Princesses. These great pop-ups can be make larger on the copy machine. Make sure that you enlarge all the pieces at the same rate.
Trivia: Windsor Castle is believed to be the oldest and biggest inhabited castle in the world.
Cardstock or construction paper
Print out the pieces of the Castle Pop-up and the card on a heavy paper, like cardstock or construction paper.
Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted lines of the pop-up pieces and card.
Carefully cut out the pop-up pieces and Castle card following the solid, black lines.
Using the tip of your scissor, poke through the drawbridge area and cut it out from the main Castle pop-up piece.
Take your Castle card, fold it in half and then open it. Set it aside.
Take the main Castle pop-up piece and fold the top left tab back away from you. Crease with your thumb or finger. Now place it back to its original position.
Repeat the step with the same tab this time on the second dotted line, folding it back away from you. Release it back to its original position. Apply the same steps with the top right tab on the other side.
Now take your card and apply a small amount of glue to the top two grey squares marked "glue here" on the left and right sides only.
Start with the left top tab, fold the top tab back and place it on top of the corresponding left grey square. Press firmly and let the glue dry. Repeat the steps for the other side.
Take your main Castle pop up piece and start with the first tab at the bottom and fold it up. Crease with your finger. Put the tab back to its original position. Take the next tab and fold it up starting from the top. Crease with your finger. Place it back to its original position.
On the same tab now fold the second dotted line up, creasing with your finger. Place it back to its original position. With this same tab repeat the step for the preceding tab and fold it up, creasing with your finger. Place it back to its original position.
Now take the next tab and fold it up, crease with your finger. Place it back to its original position.
Take the tab with the drawbridge; follow the same steps folding up at the base of the tab upwards. Crease with your finger.
Now fold the preceding dotted line up and crease with your finger. Place it back to its original position.
Now fold the last preceding dotted line up and crease with your finger. Place it back to its original position. Now repeat the same steps on the last three tabs on the other side.
Place a small amount of glue on the grey areas marked "glue here." And align the bottom tabs of your main pop-up piece with the matching grey areas. Press firmly and be sure let the glue dry.
Place fingers under the Castle piece and raise the piece forward. Then fold the Castle card in half and press firmly. Open the card and lay it flat.
Take the middle-sized piece and glue it to the center of the main Castle. Press firmly and let dry.
Take your remaining Castle pieces. Apply a small amount of glue to the side tabs of the main Castle piece.
Place the small Castle tower pieces on top, press firmly and let the glue dry.
Place fingers under the Castle piece and raise the piece forward. Then fold the card in half and press firmly. Open the card.
Your Castle pop-up is now finished! Long live the King and Queen!
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Robert works in his studio in New York City that he shares with his partner, children's book creator Matthew Reinhart. When asked about his work, Robert says, "We love making books. It's hard work but the best part is not having to worry about making a mess. When being an artist is your job, you can make as many messes as you want to!"