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The Medieval Port


This is the medieval port paper project made by Usborne cut outs.

I really love this project.

I have built a lot of paper castles but this one is a little different. Its because of the layout and design of it. Instead of a castle that pretty much assembles together into one large piece this one is a series of buildings and other things that you make then glue down to the floor plan of the city. It just looks really good and different.

And there are some fun little things abouit this including the ships that you make and the bridges.

I have an animation putting this together near the bottom of this page.


Here is the completed medieval port

The completed medieval port

Here is a closeup of one of the more challenging pieces. The Sailing Ship.

The Paper Ship

Here are the things you need to make this project:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • x-acto knife or sharp hobby knife
  • cutting board - or a good work surface that can take cuts
  • quick drying glue. glue sticks not so good for this project



The book recommends cutting out all the pieces at once but to keep things organized I don't recommend this. I cut things out as I need them. It is much easier to keep track of your pieces.

Score all fold lines with an xacto knife then cut sharp corners and taps Then finish cutting with scissors. Always use a ruler when scoring and cutting with the xacto knife because you can't uncut mistakes and generally the final product will look nicer. Fold all the score lines before you apply the glue. And fold the pieces together before adding the glue so you can make sure they fit right.

Under your base - Use a piece of cardboard or foamboard to make it sturdier. Attach all teh roofs and accessories before gluing that piece down to the base.

For this project I found the ship to be very challenging. It seemed that the parts didn't go together quite right as they should have. It did come out pretty nice though.

And piece 87 - I couldn't find a place for it. Still befuddles me! If you make this medieval port and figure out where 87 goes send me an email!!

Ok, just one more picture to give you a sense of how this is made. You lay down the base sheet which has all the water, paths and town layout on it. Then you build and glue down the variious buildings. You can see a few of them have been attached on the far left.

The animation


This is the exact project available on

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Make This Model Medieval Castle (Usborne Cut-Out Models) I was given this project as a gift and thoroughly enjoyed it. You need to have some paper working skill to make it come out really good. I used a little too much glue when attaching the parts to the base so the base came out just a little wrinkled. When you do a project like this always be sparing with the glue. The subtle colors of this model are really nice.


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