How to make a miniature fort for a project

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At some point in your school career you will probably learn about the different types of forts. You might study Roman history, castle forts or forts of the Old West, among others. If you are assigned to build a miniature fort for a project, be creative in selecting your materials. You don't have to settle for a craft-stick fort or one made from sugar cubes -- unless your teacher tells you to. Try building a Western-style fort out of toothpicks or you could make an edible fort out of baked crisped rice and marshmallow treats.

Flatten four pieces of green or brown clay into 2-inch by 6-inch strips with a 1/2-inch thickness.

Place the clay strips in a square formation on a piece of cardboard. Cut a 3-inch piece of clay out of one of the sides. The hole remaining will be your door.

Glue the clay strips onto the cardboard using regular white glue or hot glue. Set aside to dry.

Paint or colour the toothpicks brown, if desired. Set aside. Let dry about 30 minutes.

Insert a 5-inch row of wooden toothpicks side-by-side into the clay. This is one fort wall. Construct the other three walls in the same manner.

Brush the toothpicks with a very thin layer of glue. Set aside. Let dry.

Attach the flag toothpick to the inside of one fort wall with a small bit of poster tack clay adhesive.

Paint a layer of glue on the cardboard inside the fort. Sprinkle with a layer of dirt.

Press dirt into the clay around the outside edges of the fort. Attach fake moss with glue, if desired.

Decorate the scene with small plastic people, horses, wagons or other similar items. You can put these inside and/or outside of the fort walls.

Melt 6 tbsp butter on the stove over low heat.

Add 8 cups of miniature marshmallows to the melted butter and stir thoroughly. Continue stirring until all of the marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat.

Pour the butter and marshmallow mixture over 12 cups of crisped rice cereal. Butter a wooden spoon so that the mixture will not stick as you stir it. Stir the ingredients together until all of the rice is coated with the butter and marshmallow mixture.

Form the crisped rice mixture into 4 by 4 inch walls that are 1/2 inch thick. Cut a 2-inch space for the door into one wall. Set aside.

Spread a layer of frosting on the cardboard base. Stand the crisped rice walls in a fort formation. The frosting will act as the glue. Set aside.

Place 12 to 14 dirt-coloured cookies into a zipper bag. You could use graham crackers, chocolate-and-vanilla creme sandwich cookies or similar crunchy cookies. Seal. Crush the cookies into small pieces using a rolling pin. The crushed cookies will be used as dirt in your fort project.

Sprinkle the crushed cookies over the frosting on the cardboard. Lightly press the cookies into the frosting so they will stick. Attach a toothpick flag to the top of one of the fort walls by poking the flag into the crispy rice treat.

Decorate your fort with plastic toy cowboys, horses or other Western items.

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