How to make a teepee out of popsicle sticks

Updated February 21, 2017

According to the Minnesota State University's website, Native American tee-pees were dwellings constructed by Native Americans who lived on the Plains. These structures were made of a frame consisting of wooden poles over which animal hides were draped. You can help children to better understand Native American culture by assisting them in making a tee-pee craft out of Popsicle sticks. This simple craft can be constructed fairly quickly using a few basic supplies.

Hold four Popsicle sticks together and fasten a rubber band around them on one end, about 1/2 inch from the end of the sticks. You'll need to make the rubber band tight enough to hold the sticks together but loose enough for you to move them around a little.

Adjust the sticks so that they fan out in the shape of a tee-pee.

Measure each triangular section of your tee-pee and trace the dimensions that you measured onto a brown piece of construction paper or paper bag.

Draw decorative symbols onto each triangular section of paper.

Cut out the triangular sections and glue them to the Popsicle sticks. Leave the top 1/2 inch of the sticks (where they are joined) sticking out from the paper sections.

Things You'll Need

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Rubber band
  • Brown paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Ruler
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