Craft sticks, also called lolly sticks (or Popsicle sticks in the US) are one of the most versatile craft materials available, and can be used to create a wide array of projects. One such project is a lolly stick dwelling. You can create a craft stick house out of simple materials, such as sticks, rubber bands and glue. Your house can be used to teach children about frontier houses, can be used for play or can be decorated and displayed during the holidays.
Cover the surface of a 15- by 15-cm (6- by 6-inch) cardboard square with craft glue.
Line up six craft sticks onto the cardboard. This will be the base of the house.
Cover the two sticks on each end with glue.
Place two lolly sticks onto the glued sticks, standing up on their edges. Hold the sticks in place until the glue has dried. This will be the first layer.
Place two more sticks perpendicularly on top of the first layer. Slide the sticks down until there is one stick on each end. There will be four overlapping edges. Tie a rubber band around each corner, securing the edges. This will be the second layer.
Continue adding layers, tying each of the corners with rubber bands to secure them. Set the house to the side.
Glue six lolly sticks together, edge to edge. Hold each piece in place until it dries. Repeat this until you have two roof sections.
Place the two roof sections on top of the house, and glue the roof together at the top seam. Hold the seam in place until it dries. You can now display your craft stick and rubber band house.
Things you need
- Popsicle sticks
- Rubber bands
- Cardboard, 30 by 30 cm (12 by 12 inches)
- Craft glue