Instructions for Building Houses Out of Toothpicks & Popsicle Sticks

Updated July 20, 2017

Craft projects, such as building your own miniature house, are a great way to keep the children productive and entertained during inclement weather or just a great stress-buster for anyone at any time. You may buy craft sticks and toothpicks at a craft store. However, in the world of today, where going green and recycling are popular, you may wish to have your family eat a lot of Popsicles and save the sticks!

Protect your work surface with your choice of covering, such as newspaper or an old vinyl tablecloth you have designated for using only at craft time.

Lay out Popsicle sticks, running vertically, touching side-by-side. Slide the bottom of them up against something straight, such as a book or a ruler, to be sure the tops and bottoms of the sticks will line up perfectly. Glue toothpicks across the Popsicle sticks, horizontally, attaching them together. Allow the glue to dry and turn the panel over. This will be the floor.

Repeat this process twice to make two panels for a peaked roof.

Repeat this process, twice more, using the same number of sticks, to make two walls. You can cut some of the middle sticks to create openings for windows and a door, if desired. Only a grown-up should do this, as a craft knife or shears will be needed.

For the last two walls you will use the same method, but you may have to adjust the number of Popsicle sticks you use, to make them the right length to fit the floor. If you have made your floor square rather than rectangular, all four walls will be exactly the same size as the floor.

Place the four wall panels in position around the floor. Glue them all around the outer edge of the floor panel. Prop the walls up to hold them in place until the glue dries, if necessary. You can use any items you have handy, such as boxes or a stack of books. Glue vertically in each of the corners, where wall meets wall, to reinforce the structure. Allow the glue to dry.

Hold the two roof panels on top of the house to see how the roof fits. If the roof peaks too high or has too much overhang, you can cut the panels to your desired length. Again, only an adult should do this, as a craft knife or shears will be needed. Determine exactly what point on the roof panel will be glued to the top of the wall. Reach up underneath the overhang and mark inside the roof along the length of the wall with a pencil, if you like. To give your roof something to rest on and hold it in place while the glue dries, first glue a Popsicle stick on the inside of the roof panel just above that line and allow that glue to dry. Then glue the roof panels to the tops of the walls and glue the roof panels together at the peak. Allow the glue to dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper (optional)
  • Vinyl tablecloth (optional)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Books (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Toothpicks
  • Craft glue
  • Craft knife (optional)
  • Shears (optional)
  • Boxes (optional)
  • Pencil (optional)
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Residing in Frankfort, Michigan, Michelle Watts began her career in freelance writing in 2010, starting out as a ghostwriter. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Joliet Junior College. Watts is a Certified Massage Therapist, a Reiki Master Teacher and a certified “You Can Heal Your Life” teacher, as taught by Louise L. Hay.