How to make a teepee out of popsicle sticks

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How to make a teepee out of popsicle sticks
Make a model of a tee-pee using Popsicle sticks. (tepee image by Anthony Child from

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.

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Things you need

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

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    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Draw decorative symbols onto each triangular section of paper.

  5. 5

    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.

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