How to Build the Alamo Out of Popsicle Sticks

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The Alamo was originally named Misión San Antonio de Valero and was the home to Spanish missionaries and the Indians that they converted to Christianity. Over the years the building and grounds of the mission has been a troop garrison and the site of several major battles in Texas history. The most famous if these is the Siege of the Alamo. In the aftermath of this battle, "Remember the Alamo" became a rallying cry that helped to spur Texans on in its bid for independence. Building a model of the Alamo is a good way to help to learn about the historic building.

Things You'll Need

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Marker
  • Detail knife
  • Craft glue
  • Toothpick

Locate images of the Alamo online to use as reference. An example is at TheAlamo.org. Print images of the complex from all sides. Make the images in the same size as the model that you intend to build.

Trim the rounded ends off of each Popsicle stick by scoring the ends with a detail knife. Lay the sticks side by side over the paper picture and mark the edges of the building on the sticks. Score the sticks to trim them into their proper size.

Place a dot of craft glue onto the tip of a toothpick. Smear the glue onto one side of each Popsicle stick.

Press the sticks together along their sides to glue them together and form the walls of the complex. Glue the walls together to form the complex.

Decorate the model with markers, adding windows, doors and other features such as the decorations on the front of the church building.

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