Like so many children around the world, my girls love everything FROZEN! I purchased a set of small Frozen character figurines a few months ago, and ever since they arrived Immy has asked if I can make her an icy Frozen castle just like Elsa’s!
It took a little bit of brainstorming and planning but I am excited to share our finished Frozen Castle and snowy small world play scene with you, though I must apologise – ice castles are not that easy to photograph!
So how did I do it? I created cylinders of different sizes from sealed laminating sheets to form the castle walls and features – in fact, when Immy saw some of the completed cylinders standing grouped together (I hadn’t told her that was what I was making at that stage, in case it didn’t work!), her comment was, “It looks just like an ice castle!”
Below you’ll find the DIY ice castle tutorial for those who would like to have a go at making one of their own.
Disney Frozen Castle DIY
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You will need:
- A4 or US letter sized laminating sheets, heat sealed with a laminating machine. I used ten sheets.
- Clear tape
- Utility knife
- Hot glue gun
- Silver gem stones
- Silver cake board (or similar)
- Quilt batting (or similar)
- White masking tape
- Pine cones
- Silver spray paint
- Acrylic snowflakes
- Frozen character figurines
1. To make the main chamber of the castle, I taped two landscape-orientated laminating sheets together. I used clear tape on both sides of the sheet, and did the same for all of the steps below.
2. I then cut a triangle topped door from the middle of one of these sheets with the utility knife (see image above).
3. I taped each side of the door to the door frame to create a castle door that opens and shuts.
4. I then taped the two ends of this long doubled laminate sheet together to form a large, short cylinder as the main chamber of the castle.
5. To make the castle balcony, I cut an opening in the centre, one centimetre from the top, of a portrait orientated laminate sheet. This will be the opening for the balcony.
From a separate sheet I cut a semi circle, the flat side of the semi circle is the same width as the opening for the balcony.
To make the balcony railing, I cut a rectangle from the same additional laminate sheet – the length of which is the same length as the curved side of the semi circle. I used the utility knife to cut inverted triangle spaces out of this rectangle.
To assemble the balcony, I taped the flat side of the semi circle into place along the bottom of the balcony opening. I taped one side of the balcony railing rectangle into position on the castle wall and then taped the long side along the semi circle (this was the trickiest part of this whole project), finally securing the second side to the castle wall.
6. I then cut away part of the sides of the laminate sheet containing the balcony to make it appear more pointed, just like Elsa’s castle (see above). I rounded the top point so the laminate was not sharp.
7. This portion of the castle wall was then taped to the main chamber of the castle, lining the balcony up with the castle door.
8. I used beads of hot glue to attach the main chamber to the centre of the silver lined cake board (35cm).
9. I also taped together six laminate sheets into cylinders, three for each side of the main chamber.
Each of these cylinders was cut each to a different height with an angled top to give the castle a cold, jagged appearance. These were also hot glued into place.
10. I hot glued silver fairy stones around the outside of the base of the castle and also glued clear acrylic snowflakes onto the outside walls of the castle – purely decorative so don’t worry if you don’t have fake snowflakes.
That’s it, your castle is ready!
Frozen Castle Small World for Imaginary Play
To create the small world for play, I set the finished castle onto a short, heavy box on the table we were using. I wanted to give the castle some extra height, to represent it being up on a tall, snowy mountain, just like in the story.
I then cut a piece of white quilt batting to represent the snow, shaping it around the castle and draping it over the box and down across the table.
I secured the batting into place with a little hot glue along the edge of the castle cake board and used masking tape loops on the reverse side to secure it to the table top.
I had previously spray painted a collection of pine cones silver to represent trees and I scattered some more of the acrylic snowflakes across the ‘snow.’
We added the figurines and then our snowy, mountain scene and Elsa’s ice castle was ready for playing.
And playing my girls have most certainly been doing! They both love the small world and I love how it encourages their language and storytelling skills, and creativity – as there are certainly many new stories featuring Elsa and Anna to be shared as well!
If you don’t have a set of Frozen character figurines, you could always make a set of peg dolls like those here at The Imagination Tree.