How to build an igloo for a school project

Updated April 17, 2017

School projects can be pretty mind boggling, especially if you do not have a particular project assigned. Also, not only are there several projects to choose from, but the cost of materials for the project in conjunction with the amount of time and difficulty of a project may be overwhelming and costly. An igloo is an inexpensive school project for almost any age or skill level. Not only is an igloo an awesome project, but it can also serve as an activity that both parents and children can take part in.

Cut your cubes. Your cubes may be small or large, depending on the scale of your project. On the lowest setting, carefully cut with the electric knife through the styrofoam to form cube-like shapes. Each cube should be identical in size in terms of length and width.

Set your cubes in place. Draw a circle on a cardboard platform. Your cardboard should be relative to the size of your project. After you have drawn a circle, set your cubes in place along the edge of the circle making sure to cover up the line and leave a large gap for the opening of the igloo.

Set your mortar. Take your glue gun and apply liberal amounts of glue to the top each individual cube. The glue will be hot; therefore, do not apply too much glue, as this will melt the styrofoam.

Continue to stack cubes. The igloo should be approximately 10 tiers tall and should decrease in diameter as each layer is added. Do not place cubes directly on top of each; instead, make sure that the new cube is overlapping two cubes on the previous layer.

Close up the top of the igloo. Take a small piece of cardboard and cut it into a circle that is slightly smaller than the remaining exposed layer of cubes. The cardboard circle should be smaller so that cardboard edge is not exposed, but it should still be able to fit securely on top of the igloo to create a base for the remining layer. Assemble cubes to cover the layer of cardboard and set them into place with your glue. You can be creative in this step by assembling the final layer of cubes in your own style.

Create an entrance. First construct your archway on the ground to ensure that the size of the entrance will correspond to the size of the igloo. Using your glue gun, begin to attach each cubes permanently against the igloo.


Depending on the size of your igloo, you can opt to use small straight pins instead of glue to secure the cubes. If you do not have access to styrofoam, you can also use foam in the same manner to construct the igloo.


The glue and glue gun will be hot when it is turned on; therefore, be careful when adhering the cubes. Use caution when using the electric knife, keeping the knife away the body. Children should be supervised by an adult before attempting to use the items for this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Styrofoam
  • Electric knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
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David Arnold became a freelance writer in 2004. He has worked as a phlebotomist and world traveler for more than 8 years, accruing a wide range of medical and travel knowledge. David enjoys writing about travel, DIY projects and health related topics. He attends the University of Missouri St. Louis and South Western Illinois College in pursuit of a nursing degree.