An easy hobby that can be shared with adults and children alike is constructing miniature worlds out of Popsicle sticks. Designs can be as elaborate or as simple as the builders want them to be and you have the control to leave out or add on any details you want. A fort can be built in relatively little time and supply a location for hours of enjoyment when figures, accessories, and painted details are added. This basic fort can also be transformed by setting it up on a simple table and allowing a complete other world to come alive in detail and imagination.
Create cabin walls by laying out twelve sticks side by side. Glue a supporting stick perpendicular to the row one on each side. Make two more cabin walls in the same manner. Allow time to dry.
Stand up the walls with the slats facing out and running horizontally. Attach to one another by gluing the corners together. If you are having trouble, place another stick on the inside of the cabin and against the corner.
Make an entryway by forming a wall 14 sticks tall. Put two whole sticks on the bottom and follow it by cutting six sticks into 1 ½ inch lengths. Keep an opening in the center and continue along the sides with the next six rows creating the doorway. Top the opening with six whole sticks. Allow to dry.
Align the front of the cabin to the other three walls. The front will be taller than the other walls. Create your roof in the same manner as the walls using 14 sticks to create the rows. Allow to dry.
Glue the top edges of the front and back of the cabin walls and set the roof on top. If the roof seems like it is going to slide back, lean the structure against a wall or book to keep it from shifting while it dries. Create as many cabins as desired.
Construct a large barrier fence in the same manner of the walls and roof. Line up the fence with the slats running vertically. Surround the area with however much fencing you desire.
- Popsicle sticks 3/8 by 4 ½ inches
- Wood glue or “Elmer’s school glue”
- Paper or newspaper
Most toy stores still offer the classic Cowboys and Indians sets as well as Army Soldiers. These figures are the perfect size for occupants of your fort and cabins.
Lay out paper or newspaper before you begin as gravity has a funny way of gluing Popsicle sticks to tables if you aren’t careful.