How to Make a Frontier Fort Using Popsicle Sticks

Popsicle sticks resemble the wooden walls of a fort.
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Popsicle sticks are ideal for building play forts, as they resemble wooden walls. Setting the Popsicle sticks against a cardboard box base keeps the fort strong so it can be played with for years to come. To make the project more educational, teach your children about different types of forts throughout history as you are putting it together.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoe Box
  • Glue
  • Knife

Place the shoe box open side up on the table or area where you will be working. You should be able to reach inside the box. Recycle the lid.

Cut out a small rectangle opening on one side of the shoe box with the knife, but leave one side attached to the box to create a swinging door.

Glue Popsicle sticks vertically to the outside of the box, side by side. Cover the entire box with sticks.

Glue one or two Popsicle sticks horizontally above the door.

Measure the door and cut Popsicle sticks to fit the door, then glue them on the door.

Draw a small U.S. flag on construction paper and cut it out. You can use any other type of flag you prefer.

Tape the flag to the end of a Popsicle stick and glue it on the inside of the box, above the door.


  • If the box is taller than the Popsicle sticks, add a row or two of horizontal Popsicle sticks along the top edge to hide the box.

    Create other smaller Popsicle structures such as houses to put inside the fort.

    Create a small flag with the name of the fort on it and place it next to the U.S. flag.


  • Never let children attempt to create the door with the knife -- that part should be handled by an adult.