How to Make a Paper Drawbridge

by Miriam C
A drawbridge can help your castle look authentic.

A drawbridge can help your castle look authentic.

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A drawbridge provided additional fortification to the castle in medieval times. A drawbridge often extended over a moat and often was the one entrance into the castle. A drawbridge was traditionally made out of wood and could be raised and lowered by the guards at the gate. A paper drawbridge is a good addition to a paper or cardboard castle. It is not difficult to make a paper drawbridge, but paying attention to details will make it stand out.

Items you will need

  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Card stock or other stiff paper
  • Brown crayons
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Twine
Step 1

Measure the moat you have around the castle. If you do not have a moat, then measure the doorway on the castle. This measurement will let you know how tall to make your drawbridge. Add an extra 2 inches to the drawbridge to attach it to the castle. Measure the width of the doorway so you know how wide to make the drawbridge.

Step 2

Sketch a U-shaped drawbridge that meets the measurements gathered in step 1 on a sheet of paper using a pen. Cut it out and fold the bottom 2 inches up. This is the pattern for your final product.

Step 3

Compare it to the opening or doorway you are trying to cover on your castle to make sure it covers it completely.

Step 4

Trace the outline of the model onto stiff paper such as card stock. This paper will allow you to raise and lower the bridge and will help the door work properly. If you have a dark-brown paper, this will save you from needing to color the drawbridge.

Step 5

Draw lines down both sides of your drawbridge, using a pen, so it looks made of logs. Add details for the knots and grain of the wood. Color the paper brown.

Step 6

Cut out the paper. Cut four craft sticks to the width of your drawbridge.

Step 7

Glue the craft sticks 2 inches from the top and 4 inches from the bottom of the drawbridge to act as reinforcement. Do this on both sides of the paper.

Step 8

Attach the drawbridge to the castle by folding up the bottom 2 inches of the bottom of the drawbridge. Tape the folded portion to the bottom of the paper castle, so that the crease lines up with the edge of your castle. The crease will allow you to raise and lower the drawbridge.

Step 9

Poke holes in the top of the drawbridge with scissors to attach the drawbridge to the castle walls. Close the drawbridge and poke holes in the walls where the holes in the drawbridge are.

Step 10

Thread a piece of twine from the hole in the drawbridge to the corresponding hole in the wall. Knot the ends, so they will stay put. Do this again with the other set of holes. To close the drawbridge, pull the twine on the inside of the castle until the bridge comes up.

About the Author

Miriam C has been writing since 2007. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. Among her many jobs, Miriam C has taught middle-school students. She's written for and other clients on finances, family and education.

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