How to Make a Motte and Bailey Castle Model

If you need to make a model of a motte and bailey castle for a school project or assignment you’ve come to the right place.

Check out the resources and links below for some inspiration and ideas.

This video is quite long, but it gives you very detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make a motte and bailey castle out of styrofoam. The model ends up being quite large and it requires and will take quite a bit of time to make.


Here is another set of instructions for a styrofoam (foamboard) motte and bailey model.

If you want to have a go at making a papier mache motte and bailey castle, have a look here and here.

It is possible to construct a motte and bailey castle out of LEGO – although it’s probably going to take a lot of bricks. Have a look at this one made by jimbolego, and this one made by koffiemoc.

I’m going to leave you with a couple of pieces of advice:

  • Don’t be too ambitious in terms of your model’s size. It’s better to complete a smaller motte and bailey castle to a high standard, than to take on something too big and struggle to get it finished by your deadline.
  • Make sure your model includes all of the key features of a motte and bailey castle. Check out this article to help you.