How to Make Elsa’s Ice Castle from DISNEY’S FROZEN

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I’ve been searching the internet the last few weeks for ideas for my little girl’s Frozen birthday celebration.  I wanted to use Elsa’s castle for the centerpiece at the party, but not finding anything in my price range (I will not spend $110 on this!) I decided to make my own.  I’m giving a shout out to this guy’s tutorial since I based my castle shapes off his Frozen castle.  I had most of the supplies on hand, so this whole project only cost me $2.50 for the foam core.

castle finished

Supplies Needed:

  • 3   12×12 pieces of card stock (I recommend something with a glossy finish or photo paper)
  • 1 piece of foam core
  • glue or paper Mod Podge (something that won’t warp your paper)
  • paint brush (to apply the glue)
  • glitter and embellishments
  • 3D mounting tape
  • scissors and/or cutter

Here we go!

I first made a pattern out of plain white 12×12 paper so that the measurements would show up better for you to see.  You don’t need to make a pattern, just cut your paper to the measurements I’ve specified.  All measurements are in inches.  The red circled letters are explained later.

Here’s how each 12×12 piece of card stock is cut.  Please note on the second page how there’s a section from the third page taped on.

castle page 1

castle page 2castle page 3

Once you’ve cut out your pieces, you can begin to assemble your castle.  The circled red letter on each piece indicate which layer the piece will be at.  For example, all the “A” pieces will attach directly to your foam core first.   The spires are just made from scraps.

castle level a

castle part A

Next add Level B.  Use mounting tape for all attachments.

castle level B

castle part B

I then added glitter to the middle of the door opening.  I think if I made this again, I’d use silver glitter, but your choice!

Attach the Level C piece:

castle level c

castle part CAnd lastly, the Level D pieces:

castle level D

castle part D

I then added a few embellishments including sliver glitter around the edges and a white snowflake made with my Silhouette.

castle embellishments

Then cut around the outside of the castle with a sharp exact-o knife, leaving about a 1/4 inch around the edges.  I took the left over foam core and attached a piece to the back of the castle so that it would stand.

All done!  I’ll post about the rest of the birthday party soon.

castle finished

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27 responses »

  1. OMG!!! Thank you so much!! I am planning on making a cake for my niece and was in need of a little frozen inspiration!!!

  2. Hi Jamie! Just wanted to say thank you for this awesome post and brilliant idea, which I kinda “borrowed” for my daughter’s Frozen themed cake – hope you don’t mind. Thanks again!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this!!! I just created a bigger version for my daughter’s upcoming birthday. I would love to send you a photo of it if there is a way I can email it to you 🙂

    Much appreciation for the easy to follow instructions and extremely creative idea!

  4. Deven, I would love to see the bigger version. I am getting ready to do this for my little girls party as well. Would love for you to email me too!

  5. hi daven! can you email me as well for the bigger version of this castle? im throwing a party for my daughter this october and i wanted to start preparing as early as now. thanks in advance! my email is la_rayne@yahoo.com

  6. Thanks for this, made an amazing cake from it! Made double the pieces in cm ‘ s of your measurements and glued them together back to back with royal icing. Worked a treat 🙂

  7. Thank you very much for this idea, I’m organizing my little daughter’s party and it really helped me. I’ll send you a picture when it is done.

  8. Thank you so much for your tutorial! This is going to make a perfect addition to my niece’s Frozen birthday cake. The only thing I’m doing differently is a slightly bigger version with the center actually cut out for the cake to go under, super excited to see how it turns out, thank you!

  9. Hi there
    This looks lovely.
    Planning on making this as a kind of back drop for my daughters 5th birthday. Can you please tell me what a foam core is & size I would need to buy? Also how big is the castle once made?
    Thanks so much

    • Hi Lisa-
      The castle ends up being two feet tall. I used it as the back drop on a table and hung white material behind it. I believe foam usually comes in pieces that are 2 feet by 3 feet, which is the size you want. Good luck!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing…i’m doing a Frozen theme birthday party for my little one two weeks from today. I have made so much stuff that i’m addicted now. Every time she sees me making something, she would say Mommy, thank you – my party is going to be awesome and she will be 4.

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  12. Hei ! Super thanks for this tutorial ! I made a gingerbread castle based by it, I had to cut it into my proportions and made the sides but it was very helpful. You can see it on my facebook/love4bakingbergen where I link people to your site !
    Merry xmas 2015 !!G.Wolff

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