How to Build a Bell Tower for a Project

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Make your bell tower as simple or elaborate as you desire.
Make your bell tower as simple or elaborate as you desire. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Bell towers are structures built exactly as their name suggests. The building is tall, resembling a small skyscraper with a large bell at the top. Bell towers have been used to house people, either temporarily or permanently, and as prisons. In 13th century London, they were also used in a military fashion as protected gateways into the city.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Corrugated cardboard (recycled cardboard box)
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • String
  • Bell
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft paint

Cut your corrugated cardboard with scissors into a large square to use as a base for the tower.

Cut four rectangles with the exact same dimensions into the desired height of your tower.

Cut three small triangles with the exact same dimensions to form the top of the tower.

Dispense a line of glue along the edge of the short side of the rectangle, and attach the rectangle to the square base. Position it so that the rectangle is standing upright as the tower wall and so that the tower structure is centered when the other sides are attached. Hold the rectangle firmly against the base until the glue has dried.

Dispense a line of glue along the edge of the short side and the long side of another rectangle. Join it to the base so that one glued side faces the base and one faces the upright tower wall. Your structure should make an "L" shape when viewed from above. Use tape to secure the structure while the glue dries. Attach the remaining rectangles the same way until you have made a hollow square.

Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to fit over the four upright rectangles, the tower walls. While you do this, allow the tower walls to dry thoroughly.

Dispense a line of glue along the top edges of the upright rectangles and place the small cardboard square on top of it. Allow to dry completely.

Cut a 2-inch section of string and secure the bell to the string. This will be the bell at the top of the bell tower. Glue the tip of the string to the top of one of the cardboard triangles. Allow to dry completely.

Along the top of the cardboard square, dispense a line of glue directly beside three of the four edges. Lay the three cardboard triangles at an inward pointing angle to form an open pyramid. Ensure the bell is positioned inside the pyramid. Hold the tip of the pyramid to keep it in place and dispense lines of glue along all edges to seal. Allow to dry completely.

Paint your tower with a variety of colors and detailing as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add extra embellishments to the tower for a more realistic look.

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