How to Build a Teepee Out of Toothpicks

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Use toothpicks to create a craft teepee.
Use toothpicks to create a craft teepee. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

If your little one is learning about Native American dwellings, you can help foster the lesson with a teepee craft. Using toothpicks, you can put together a simple teepee diorama that can be decorated with some paint. This project works well for kids of all ages and can be completed in under an hour. Consider using the project as a class activity during art period or as a craft for a Native American themed birthday party.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-by-4-inch cardboard square
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue gun
  • White spray paint
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Thin paint brush

Hold two toothpicks together to make a 45 degree angle. Glue the toothpicks together with a dot of hot glue at the ends, so that about 1/4 inch of the end of each toothpick sticks out over the point where they meet.

Glue the two toothpicks onto a square of cardboard so the toothpicks stick up in an upside-down "V" shape.

Repeat step 1 so you have a second "V" shape made of two toothpicks, but cross and glue these two toothpicks about 1/16 inch higher than you did for the first two. Insert the piece over the first and glue in place, so you have a teepee frame made of four toothpicks.

Lay a series of toothpicks around the perimeter of the frame, gluing each in place until you've filled in the frame, making a teepee.

Spray the teepee with white spray paint and let dry.

Paint the square of cardboard with green acrylic paint and a paint brush.

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