How to make a model of a straw hut

Straw huts were used throughout the world before the early civilisations of history progressed to produce bricks and paved roads. Usually linked with regions in countries throughout Africa straw huts were also used in ancient Europe by early Roman people, according to Bible History. School children often produce models of straw huts to help them understand ancient civilisations and cultures from around the world; model straw huts are relatively easy to build using materials from the local environment.

Cover the work surface with old newspapers to protect it from damage from glue, paints or markers. Place a piece of cardboard on the work surface to act as the base of the hut, measure the cardboard to decide how big the model hut to be built will be.

Cut a single piece of thick card or cardboard large enough to act as the round walls of the model hut. Place the two ends of the card together and glue to form a tube; leave the hut wall to dry before cutting into place any door or window openings.

Measure the diameter of the circular straw hut wall and cut a second piece of card to be rolled to form a cone forming the roof overhanging the hut wall. Glue the paper to be used as the roof into a cone shape..

Cut pieces of raffia to cover the roof of the model straw hut or snap small twigs to size to cover the roof, glue the raffia or twigs to the roof until it is completely covered. Add any required designs to the walls of the straw model hut and the the cardboard base of the model with paints or markers.

Place the circular wall of the straw hut on the cardboard base and glue into place if required. Position the raffia or twig covered roof on top of the circular wall and glue into place if desired.


An entire village can be created by building a number of small model straw huts and positioning them on a decorated cardboard base.


When cutting cardboard or thick card an adult or older child should help young children.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors/knife
  • Glue
  • Raffia/twigs
  • Card/thick paper
  • Old newspapers
  • Paints/markers
  • Tape measure
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