Popsicle Stick Teepees

popsicle-stickThis simple teepee craft was a huge hit with all the kids.  I was surprised how much they all enjoyed it, regardless of their ages.  Their only complaint was that I had only prepared two teepees per child.  I think they would each have happily decorated an entire Indian village.

teepee-materialsYou will need:

  • Large popsicle sticks
  • Brown paper bag
  • Glitter glue
  • Scissors
  • Liquid glue or glue stick
  • Pen or pencil (not pictured)
  • Hot glue gun (optional–not pictured)

I got the idea for these little teepees from this photo at Glued to My Crafts Blog.  Since there was only a photo without instructions I want to share with you how I did things (and what I learned) to help your crafting go smoothly.

p1020707Start by gluing three popsicle sticks together to form a simple teepee shape.  I made a triangle with the top sticks overlapping each other rather than meeting in a point.  I found that hot glue worked really well for gluing the sticks together.  If you use regular glue be sure to let your teepees dry completely before decorating.

Since I planned to make a lot of teepees, I wanted a way to streamline the process.   After I had made the first teepee, I set it along the bottom edge of a piece of paper and traced the inside triangle.  This gave me a template for lining up the sticks for all subsequent teepees.  It also guaranteed that all the teepees were the same size so that I could make a template for tracing the triangles onto the paper bag.  (I love templates!)

untitled-design-3Once the teepee frames were ready, I used trial-and-error to figure out the best shape and size for the brown paper.  Then I cut open the paper bag and traced the triangle.

After my first attempt, I learned three things.  Most importantly, draw/trace your triangles onto the printed side of your paper bag.  This way the blank side of the bag will be the front of your teepee.  I ended up throwing away a few of my triangles since I didn’t think I could persuade the kids that “Kroger” was the name of an Indian chief.

Secondly, use pencil or ballpoint pen to trace your triangles as marker will bleed through to the other side.  Finally, unless you have an equilateral triangle, mark the top of the triangle so you know which way to glue the paper onto the sticks.  My teepees weren’t quite equilateral so the paper triangles definitely fit best one direction.  I marked the paper triangles with a small “T” to identify the top.untitled-design-3

Once I figured these things out, it was quick and easy to trace plenty of triangles on the bag.  I cut some of the triangles out for the littler kids and left the others uncut for the older ones to do themselves.  Then the kids glued the paper triangles to the craft sticks and got busy decorating.

blog-designs-750-x-225They were very intent on their designs and worked hard squeezing the glitter glue out of the tubes.  I had a vision of the kids making interesting designs on their teepees which the older kids (7 and 9) did, but the younger ones (3,4, and 5) mostly squeezed out piles of glitter glue.  I love this craft because the teeepees look awesome both ways!

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