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3D Paper Hogwarts Castle

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Use cardstock and foam tape to create a 3D paper Hogwarts Castle with your Cricut cutting machine. Learn how to make this fun layered paper Harry Potter craft and get access to the cut file in Cricut Design Space! 

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Hogwarts castle layered paper art.

Hello Crafty Friends! Today I’m excited to share a new layered paper craft with you, a layered paper Hogwarts Castle! I love how this turned out, especially since the only materials I used were cardstock and foam tape. Layered paper art is super popular right now and I can see why! The finished result looks amazing and it looks beautiful displayed in your home or gifted to someone special.

This 3D Harry Potter craft was created with my Cricut Explore. Using a cutting machine makes this project go quickly and you will get the perfect cut each time. This is important so your layers line up perfectly when stacked. 

Layered paper Hogwarts Castle sits next to Harry Potter books and figurines.

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3D Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

Choosing the Paper

For this 3D paper Hogwarts Castle you will need seven different colors of cardstock. I chose to use mostly Bazzill cardstock which is thick and has a beautiful texture. When I cut it on my Cricut Explore I chose the posterboard+ setting so it would run the cut two times. The piece of paper for the sky behind Hogwarts is from Core’dinations and has glitter in it which added a little magic to the craft project. 

Supplies Needed:

Cutting the Paper

Step One: Cut out the layers of paper using your cutting machine. The Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle cut file is available in Cricut Design Space. Cut out all 7 layers of paper. 

Hogwarts castle cut file in Cricut Design Space showing the layers of paper.

Layers of paper cut from colored cardstock to create the Hogwarts castle.

Assembling the 3D Paper Hogwarts

Step Two: Assemble the Hogwarts Castle by layering the paper together using foam tape. Below is the order the paper should be stacked from bottom to top. 

Hogwarts Castle layers in order from bottom to top.

Start by adding the rock formation to the black layer of cardstock. I used black foam tape thinking it would blend in more. If I were to do this again, I would probably switch to the small adhesive dots I have used on all of my other layered paper pieces. The black foam tape was difficult to use and since it is very thick it creates shadows that I think make it more visible than the small dots.

Blue paper rocks adhered to the bottom of the black paper layer.

Navy blue paper rocks adhered to the bottom of the black paper layer.

If you do use the thicker black foam tape, my #1 tip would be use wax paper to help you cut it into smaller pieces. This will prevent the foam tape from sticking to your scissors. Cut a strip of black foam tape and gently apply it to wax paper. Do not press down too firmly! Cut the wax paper around the tape, but be sure to leave extra wax paper around the tape. Then cut it into tiny pieces. Each piece should have a wax paper tab that will make it easier to pull the wax paper off the foam tape. Without the tabs, I found it really difficult to peal the wax paper off of the foam tape. 

Foam tape adhered to wax paper and cut into tiny strips.

Next, start stacking the layers from the bottom to the top using foam tape pieces. Place the foam tape pieces around the edges in the same spot on each layer.

Foam tape is applied to the back of the sky paper layer.

Foam tape is applied to the layers in small pieces.

The tan Hogwarts castle is layered over the starry sky pieces.

Add the top layer of black cardstock and then the gray roof pieces. You will need to cut the foam tape into small pieces for this step. I may have overdone it on adding foam tape to the roof pieces. You may be able to get away with less! 

Foam tape used to layer the paper.

Small gray roof pieces are added to the castle.

Hogwarts castle layered paper art.

Finally, use glue to apply the tan pieces to the Great Hall. You could raise these up with foam tape, but I found it too difficult with the black foam tape I was using.

A thin line of glue is used to adhere the windows of Hogwarts castle.

Hogwarts castle made from multiple layers of paper.

The layered paper Hogwarts Castle is finished! I used a wooden easel I found on Amazon to display the castle and love how it looks next to my Harry Potter books. 

Layered paper Hogwarts Castle sits next to Harry Potter books and figurines.

> More Layered Paper Projects: Layered Paper Paw Print Dog Frame and Layered Paper Mandala Frame

 

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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