How to Make a Model of a Straw Hut

Simple huts made from straw or reeds have been common in many parts of the world throughout history. Whether you're making terrain for a historical or fantasy war game, making a diorama for a school project, or just building models for fun, straw huts are an easy way to add color and interest to a model landscape. They can be put together with a few simple materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Drawing materials

  • Foamboard or cardboard

  • Craft knife

  • PVA glue

  • Masking tape

  • Sisal string or broom bristles

  • Scissors

  • Acrylic paints and brushes

Step 1

Sketch a plan of your hut. Most grass huts have a roughly rectangular or square shape with a single entrance.

Step 2

Cut the walls of your hut out of foamboard or cardboard using a craft knife. If you are using cardboard, try cutting two pieces of cardboard for each wall, with the corrugations at right angles to each other. This will reduce warping.

Step 3

Glue the walls of your hut together. You may have to hold them in place with masking tape while the glue dries.

Step 4

Cut two sections of cardboard or foamboard to be the roof of your hut and glue them into place on top of the walls.

Step 5

Prepare a thatching material for the roof and walls. The best materials are sisal string and bristles from brooms. Sisal string is a coarse string which can be unwound to produce thin fibrous strands. If using broom fibers, make sure to use a natural broom and not synthetic bristles, which will be difficult to paint.

Step 6

Spread PVA glue on the roof and wall surfaces and press fibers onto it. Glue fibers to one section at a time, wait for the PVA to dry at least partly, and move on to the next one. Trim fibers to length using scissors.

Step 7

Paint your model using acrylic paints. Make sure the PVA is completely dry before beginning, or painting will knock the thatch off the model.


Use caution when using a craft knife. Make all cuts on a safe surface and cut away from your body.

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