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Building a house with Popsicle sticks

Jen is a work-at-home mom to four who loves to craft and sew so much, sometimes she gives up sleep to have the time to complete projects. Check her out at fabricbliss.blogspot.com.

Not your ordinary stick house

Making this adorable little Popsicle® stick house is both easy and fun. Follow the directions and before you know it, you'll have a new piece of shelf art to show off. Create several in varying sizes and display together for a charming vignette.

Finished popsicle stick house

Step 1: Trim pieces to size

Using very sharp scissors and a lot of care, trim 23 regular-sized Popsicle® sticks to measure approximately 2-3/4 inches each. While trimming, cut off the rounded ends on both sides to create flat edges. Next, trim 16 sticks to measure 3-1/4 inches, leaving one side with the rounded edge intact.

Popsicle stick house step 1

Step 2: Assemble the base

Assemble the base by gluing together 7 of the shorter straight-edged sticks (laying next to each other, as shown), with 2 of the straight-edged pieces glued perpendicularly as cross-support.

Popsicle stick house step 2

Step 3: Assemble the walls

To make the walls, create 4 frames using 4 of the shorter straight-edged sticks for each, glued into a square shape and covered in fabric. Use different patterns or colors to create a fun and funky look. You don't need to be concerned about the back sides of the walls because they won't be visible once your house is complete.

Popsicle stick house step 3

Step 4: Put it together

Carefully glue each wall, one at a time, to the base. Then glue each wall together at the sides. Use care to avoid creating a hot-glue mess.

Popsicle stick house step 4

Step 5: Add the rooftop

To create the eaves, cut out two cardboard triangles with 2-inch sides and a 2-1/2-inch bottom. Cover in fabric. Glue the long sides to opposite walls. Affix the rooftop, one stick at a time, by gluing first to the side of the fabric triangle and then to the top of the wall. As you add the sticks, glue carefully at each seam. If you'd like to make your house into a hanging ornament, glue in a loop of string or ribbon halfway through this process, with the ends anchored in between sticks and a loop sticking out the top.

Popsicle stick house step 5

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