Step-by-Step: Making a Castle Presentation Board

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We enjoy making our presentation boards each year for our homeschool group’s Around the World Day (see also: 2007 and 2006). However, for our recent Night at the Museum party, we were able to get really creative. We made our board look like a castle, since we were representing knights and the Middle Ages. It was easy and the kids and I thought it turned out great.

Supplies for making a castle presentation board

castle presentation board
  • Tri-fold presentation board
  • X-acto knife
  • Straight edge
  • pencil
  • sponge
  • paint (we used tempera)

How to make a castle presentation board

Step 1: Using your pencil and straight edge, mark the lines to cut out the parapet design along the top of the presentation board. Carefully cut out these section with the X-acto knife.

castle presentation board step 1

Step 2: Draw the outline of the drawbridge and any other aspects of the castle wall that you may not want painted in a block appearance.

castle presentation board step 2

Step 3: Mix the paint for the castle wall in a shallow pan and use a sponge to dab it onto the presentation board. You want to let plenty of the white board show through to give it a block wall appearance. We got the paint too think, at first, and the left-hand side of the castle doesn’t have as nice an appearance as the rest of it.

castle presentation board step 3

Step 4: Add the details. Paint white outlines for the castle blocks to look like mortar. Paint the drawbridge and any additional features that you’ve given your castle.

castle presentation board step 4

**Note: These same principals can be used on a large cardboard box, such as a large appliance box, to create a play castle that you can actually climb inside. That was my plan, but I had trouble getting the large boxes together. I had planned to get at least three and cut doorways inside to connect them together and make a large castle with three different sections.

Have fun!

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. That looks awesome! We’ve just started into a middle ages unit over here – hey, I was asking yesterday on my blog if anyone had any good movie suggestions that fit the theme.. if you know of any, come on over and suggest away! 🙂

  2. Awesome! I’ll have to note this for a future castle unit. With two boys and a girl, we’re sure to be studying knights and princesses sometime soon.

  3. That looks great Kris! very realistic. Maybe next year for the appliance boxes; that would be very, very cool.

  4. This is so great! We used a similar technique painting my son’s castle one year for Christmas.

  5. Great idea! We are on a Kings and Castles unit in Children’s church. This would be a great way to display some of our verses or pictures. Thanks!

  6. Love it! I’ve put off our castle/knight until until fall, but reading your posts has me so excited about it! I want to try your castle idea – my kids would go nuts over that. 🙂

  7. Such a great idea! I’ve been so inspired by you. So inspired, in fact, that our HS group is hosting a Medieval Feast tonight after previously making shield, swords and tapestries. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to make it. Fine time we picked to get sick!

  8. That turned out really well–was it a hit at the party? Thanks for submitting this to the Hands On Homeschool blog carnival.

  9. Very very cool!
    Several years ago, we participated in an Around the World display with our hs group. Since our children have a special place for the Cambodian people, we worked on that country. This so much reminded me of that. The made a giant flag, put all their reports on a backdrop, and we also built a map, using clay for the mountains. It was really awesome!

    Thank you for sharing!
    I included your post in the COH. It is up and posted:


  10. Oh, that is super fun! I adore these kinds of crafty things! (It reminds me of a super big lapbook.)

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