Rapunzel spends her whole childhood hidden away in a tall tower. To pass the time, she nurtures her artistic talents, but she yearns to know the world that exists outside. Little artists will love creating their own towers, using simple materials like paints and an empty paper towel roll. The tower is a nice complement to any child’s room, but it can also serve as a centerpiece for a Tangled-themed party!
For more Disney magic, check out these DIYs for your toddler:
Time: 1 hour
What You’ll Need
- Green, brown, gray, and purple cardstock
- Empty paper towel roll
- Tempera paints in gray, black, white, green, and purple
- Paintbrushes and cotton swabs
- Patterned scrapbook paper
- 12 pieces of yellow yarn, braided together and fastened with a ribbon
- Craft foam flower decals
- Hot glue
How To Make It
- Draw a line 3.25 inches from the end of the empty paper towel roll. Paint the remaining length of roll below that line gray and let dry.
- Once the roll is dry, add painted accents like dark gray and white bricks and creeping green vines. The end of a cotton swab is perfect for making the square bricks a uniform size.
- Cut a 3.25-inch wide strip of patterned scrapbook paper and glue it around the top half of the tower tube. Since the tower house has windows, you will be able to see inside. The scrapbook paper looks like the painted walls inside Rapunzel’s tower.
- Print the tower wall template on gray cardstock and cut out the tower house pieces. Paint the wall and turret pieces with stones and vines. Let dry.
- Print the tower roof template on purple cardstock and cut out the roof pieces. Use your thumb to stamp light purple shingles onto the two half circles. Let dry.
- Use hot glue to glue the two wall pieces of the tower together as shown.
- Fold up the tabs on the tower floor and, one-by-one, glue each tab to the bottom edge of the tower wall. Make sure that the painted side of the wall faces out and the tab is hidden inside.
- When you reach the last tab you will still have some overhang. Overlap the ends and then trim the excess. Glue to secure.
- Roll the gray turret wall into a tube-shape and glue. Fold the purple turret roof and bottom into cones and glue to secure.
- Spread a thin line of glue around the top and bottom edge of the turret and glue the shallow circle to the bottom and the roof to the top. In order to attach the turret to the side of the tower house you will need to trim purple edges at the back of the turret so that they are flush, as shown. Now glue the turret to the side of the tower house.
- To create the wood frame appearance of the tower house, cut quarter-inch strips of brown cardstock. Glue the strips around the bottom edge of the tower and over the seams in the wall.
- Push the tower through the slits cut in the floor of the tower house. Depending on the width of your tower, the slits may need to be extended slightly. Slide the house to the top of the painted end of the tube and secure with glue.
- Now it’s time to add the roof. Push the window’s shutters inside the house so that they don’t interfere with the roof. Fold the large half circle into a cone shape and glue to secure. Cut a triangle approximately 2 inches tall in the side of the cone; this triangle is for the roof of the turret. Spread glue along the top edge of the tower and place the roof on top.
- Glue the bottom of the tower to green cardstock base.
- Finish the tower by placing the yarn braid in the window and the foam flower stickers on the tower, tower house, and base.
Cutting and gluing should be done by an adult.