Winter Wonderland Ice Castle & Cardboard Trees
This ice castle created entirely from cardboard and other paper materials is a magical addition to any winter themed room, party or celebration! I had designed and assembled this beauty for a collaborative unit of lessons while I was teaching kids with autism. We displayed their beautiful art work along with this majestic ice castle, it was truly a moment that took everyone’s breath away. All of our students did a fantastic job on their projects as well.
I’m sharing this because I’ve decided to display this castle in my classroom to go right along with my winter wonderland theme. I’ve created some large scale trees dripping with white lights to bring the magic of winter into the room. My students love it and I think it’s so important to take the time and really put some care and thought into the appearance of your classroom. I believe that if students get the impression that you pay attention to detail and put an extra amount of effort into the experience then the kids will do the same when it comes to their own work.
Think about how you’d feel in an academic setting if the room was bare, neglected or even dirty and dingy? I know I wouldn’t produce my best work because I’d be totally uninspired by the atmosphere. Show kids that you care and I’m sure it’ll go a long way!
Check out more of my winter wonderland in the gallery below and be sure to find some inspiration from The Art Dream by looking around on the blog! Take a look at my video of this castle as well, it sure is icy, and pretty!
The foundation of the castle is cardboard. The towers are paper towel tubes wrapped with cardstock paper. The turrets are cones made from cardstock paper as well. I added dripping snow around the bottom of the turrets made with white foam. I of course used iridescent glitter to frost the top surfaces. I spray painted parts of the castle and used stencils to get the snowflake appearance. At the very end I placed iridescent shredded paper in the base followed by white string lights!
Here are the trees standing tall in my art classroom! They are actually very large and are very majestic! I even created some standing woodland creatures to place around the classroom to fit the narrative. For those I used my Cricut machine to cut out the patterns and then I traced them onto the cardboard and cut them out.
My beautiful large winter trees create a frosty environment for a winter wonderland experience!
I'm John, an artist and art educator. The Art Dream is here to spark creativity and inspire the little artist inside of you!
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