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How to Build the Statue of Liberty for a School Project

Updated April 17, 2017

The Statue of Liberty is an image that has become synonymous with the United States and freedom. Given to America as a gift from France, the Statue of Liberty symbolises the freedoms of our country. As such, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United States. Making a model of the Statue of Liberty will teach a child all about this American icon.

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  1. Form the base of the statue by stacking sugar cubes and gluing them together. The base should be slightly bigger at the bottom than it is at the top.

  2. Roll up a piece of green construction paper and tape it into a slightly conical shape, so that it is slightly wider at the bottom than at the top. This will form Lady Liberty's body. Tape the wider end to the sugar cube base.

  3. For the arms, cut two pieces of green construction paper, each 6 x 2 inches. Roll each piece up tightly and tape it closed. Tape her left arm down at her side and tape her right arm so that it sticks straight up into the air.

  4. To make her head, crumple up a piece of green construction paper into a ball that will fit on the top of the cone from step 2. Tape it in place.

  5. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner that is 2 inches long. Tape a piece of orange construction paper (about 2 x 1 inches) onto one end of the pipe cleaner piece, and tape the other end to the free end of Lady Liberty's right arm. This will form her torch.

  6. Cut a piece of green construction paper that is 3 x 2 inches. Write "July IV MOCCLXXVI" (Roman numerals for July 4, 1776). Tape this piece of paper to her left hand.

  7. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner that is wide enough to fit around Lady Liberty's head. Curve it into a circle and twist the ends so that it stays in this shape. Cut seven pieces of pipe cleaner, each 1 inch long. Twist each of these pieces onto the pipe cleaner ring, forming a seven-spired crown (each spire represents one of the seven seas). Glue this crown onto her head.

  8. Drape green fabric over her left shoulder, forming a toga, and glue it in place.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sugar cubes
  • Glue
  • Green and orange construction paper
  • Clear tape
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Green cloth
  • Black permanent marker

About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.

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