How to Build a House Out of Craft Sticks

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How to Build a House Out of Craft Sticks
A summer's worth of ice cream sticks are plenty to make a dollhouse. (ice cream lolly image by Renata Osinska from

Most little girls love miniature things and doll houses. With a little parental guidance, kids can spend a rainy day making a house out of craft sticks. This house, with its open side, is functional and can be filled with tiny furniture made from household scraps such as cardboard, aluminium foil and drinking straws.

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Things you need

  • Craft sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks

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  1. 1

    Lay two craft sticks perpendicular to each other. Lay additional sticks across this set of sticks so that the ends of each of the cross sticks are supported on the perpendicular sticks.

  2. 2

    Disassemble the sticks and apply a dot of hot glue on one end of one perpendicular stick. Lay a cross stick's end on the glue, and then repeat on the other end with the other perpendicular stick. Continue across with all of the cross sticks. This is one segment of your house.

  3. 3

    Make five more segments in the same manner as the first segment. One will be the floor, three are walls and two are for the roof.

  4. 4

    Stand one wall segment at a right angle to the floor segment and hot glue together. Apply hot glue on the inside and outside seam for extra support. Repeat with another wall segment across from the first. Glue the last wall segment both to the floor and to the other two walls.

  5. 5

    Hold the roof segments to the top of the house to determine the pitch. The roof should hang over the walls slightly. Glue the two roof segments together along the top, on the inside and outside of the seam. When that has dried, glue the roof over the house by attaching it to the two walls that are opposite each other. The front of the house will stay open to allow for playing.

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