How to Draw an African Hut

Updated April 17, 2017

An African hut, also known as a Zulu hut, is a traditional type of dwelling used to give shelter from the elements. Basic huts are made with a mud-brick base and a wooden frame roof which is covered with thatched grass. An African hut is relatively easy to draw as it only requires a few simple shapes. Once you master the basic shape of an African hut you can decorate the hut's walls with traditional African patterns, colours and murals.

Draw a rectangular shape onto the bottom of a piece of paper. This will form the base of the hut.

Use the top line of the rectangle to form the bottom edge of a triangle. The triangle will form the roof of the hut.

Draw a small arched shaped door in the centre of the rectangle.

Draw several small, straight lines inside of the triangle to create a thatch-like texture on the roof of the hut.


You can decorate the rest of your picture with background details and people with coloured pencils or paint. If you make a mistake, simply use an eraser to rub-out the pencil mark and start again.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
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