Nothing chases away boredom like model building. One of the more popular mediums for model building is craft sticks, also known as Popsicle sticks. Whether it is for a school project or just for fun, you can inspire a child to create anything from a log cabin to a castle. With toothpicks, craft sticks and glue, the possibilities are endless.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Popsicle sticks
- Rubber bands
- Cardboard or foam core for a base
Plan out the size of the finished house. This will allow you to choose the size of the base needed. Cover your work surface with newspaper. Once you have the size, you can begin to construct wall panels. Lay out four Popsicle sticks side-by-side on a flat surface and glue a toothpick in the opposite direction towards the top and bottom of the sticks. This will give the structure extra support during building.
Make as many panels as needed to make the outline of the house, minus two panels. These two panels will make a working door. To make a door, cut a rubber band in half and place one half near the top and the other near the bottom of a Popsicle stick. Glue a wall panel with three sticks side-by-side, then add one end of each of the rubber bands and glue the last stick. Then, create another panel with one stick (that is directly beside the last stick of the panel you just made), the other ends of the rubber bands and three more sticks. When you glue the rubber band to the second panel, you want to make sure that there is very little slack in the rubber bands, these are going to be the hinges for your door. Allow these two to dry and flip them over so you can brace them with toothpicks. After the glue has dried, you can snip the ends of the rubber bands so that you cannot see them from the outside.
Wait for the panels to dry completely, then attach them together to form the outline of the house.
Construct the roof by taking a piece of paper that is the length of the roof and about 2 inches wide. Fold the paper in half and glue the top inch of the Popsicle sticks to the paper. Line the sticks up so the topmost point of the stick is at the point of the fold in the paper. Once one side is finished, you can flatten out the paper and glue the other side.
Allow the roof to dry and test-fit it to the house. Once you are satisfied with the fit of the roof, you will need to make a brace to help the roof keep its shape. Make a brace by cutting two Popsicle sticks so the ends are flat instead of rounded. Next, glue them to the inside of the roof so when you set the roof on the house, the two Popsicle sticks are laying across the tops of the walls. Place the roof on the house and the house on the cardboard after all pieces have dried, and paint or colour as desired.
Tips and warnings
- You can add windows by cutting the sticks before assembling the sections.
- Be careful if you cut the sticks, they are fragile and may break.
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