How to Build an Eiffel Tower Replica With Popsicle Sticks

Making Eiffel Towers out of craft sticks is challenging, but well worth the work.
Making Eiffel Towers out of craft sticks is challenging, but well worth the work. (Image: Tour Eiffel Paris. Eiffel Tower, Trocadero. image by Blue Moon from

Popsicle sticks can be used to build any number of things, from easy to difficult. An Eiffel Tower, while challenging, can look very impressive when complete. Students can make it for a class project, or an adult may want to tackle the project as a folk-art centerpiece for a party or gathering with a French theme.

Things You'll Need

  • Large craft sticks
  • Regular craft sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Small rectangular box
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Knife

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Cut the box in half. Each half should measure roughly 4 inches wide, 1 1/2 inches deep and 1 1/2 inches tall.

Cut half-circles into the long sides of the box.

Cut another rectangle out of the other half of the box. This rectangle should measure 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches.

Cut four large craft sticks in half.

Cut off the rounded ends of the large craft stick pieces.

Cut rounded ends off of four regular-size craft sticks.

Cut one rounded end off of each of two regular craft sticks.

Paint the craft sticks, toothpicks and boxes brown. Allow the paint to dry before continuing.

Glue four large craft sticks with the rounded edges to the underside of the box. Place the flat side inside the box with the round end sticking out.

Cut slits in the top of the box. They should be in a square formation so the other large craft sticks can fit inside tightly.

Put the large craft sticks inside and glue them in place.

Glue the cardboard rectangle on top of the four craft sticks.

Take two regular craft sticks without rounded edges and form the top of a triangle. Glue them together.

Glue two more regular craft sticks to the triangle shapes to form a steeple shape.

Glue the tall steeple to the top of the rectangular cardboard.

Cut the points off of eight toothpicks and cut six of them in half.

Take six of the toothpick halves and cut them in half again.

Glue one longer half and two shorter halves into an X shape. Make six of these Xes.

Glue the Xes between the large steeple. These represent the tower steel supports.

Cut 1/3 off of the remaining two toothpicks.

Stack the two long pieces and glue them together, and stack the two short pieces and glue them together.

Glue the longer pieces near the top of the tower, with the shorter stack glued just above it. Your masterpiece is complete!


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