I haven’t crafted a miniature house from popsicle sticks myself, yet, but I really love all the examples that I see on Youtube and Instagram, etc.
Also, I think that making one with these sticks, could be a wonderful fifth addition to my fairy houses, don’t you think? ( yes yes, I am working on a 4th one 😉 ).
How would you like to build a miniature house out of popsicle sticks? This project is fun and educational at the same time. The result is a cute little home that looks great in any room.
This DIY project would also look perfect for kids who love building things.
It’s also a good way to teach them about geometry and engineering principles, so let’s dive straight into things!
Why Use Popsicle Sticks For A Miniature House?
Popsicles are a classic summer treat, but they also come in handy during cold winter months.
Popsicle sticks are inexpensive and readily available, even in crafting stores.
They can be easily cut into various shapes and sizes, and that is exactly what crafters around the world are doing in all kinds of crafting projects.
If you are curious about all these different projects and more ideas, I would very much advise taking a look at this Pinterest account.
There are birdhouses, little DIY projects for kids, baskets and boxes, decorations and wall art, and so much more.
The only limit to what you can craft with popsicle sticks is your imagination!
As for miniatures and dollhouses: I will show lots of examples below, but how about having a first look at one of my own projects: a miniature chair made from popsicles, just to get an idea?
Which Materials Do You Need To Craft With Popsicle Sticks?
The materials that people tend to use to craft these little cute houses and miniatures seem to vary a little bit, especially the glue part, but basically, this is a list of the things you need:
- Popsicle sticks ( yeah obviously, Lizzy 🙂 ).
Depending on the project, you can use both sizes in the same project: popsicle sticks in 1 x 11.5cm, and popsicle sticks in 2 x 15cm.
Try to find out how many sticks you will need for a certain project, but for a small project, it will be about 100 of them.
- You can even add toothpicks! (or just use toothpicks, but that’s a story for another day). For this, you would also need specific scissors to cut toothpicks.
- Glue, which one is up to you: a glue gun and glue sticks, wood glue, simple craft glue, or superglue. This would also depend on how fast you want parts to glue together.
- Little miniature trees or plants can add something special to your popsicle project, and;
- Miniature LED light strings to make your little house glow from the inside!
- A pencil and paper.
- A utility knife
Tips On How To Craft A Miniature House With Popsicles.
Let’s move on to a little walkthrough on how to actually craft a model house using popsicles!
- using normal kitchen scissors isn’t a good way to easily cut popsicle sticks. It is much easier to use a multi-purpose pair of scissors like this one.
Your cuts will look less rugged and they will surely be much easier to cut!
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- It is better to always draw a building plan or sketch before you start building a small house.
Having all measurements worked out before actually crafting it is always a good thing, as I found out the hard way 🙂
Then use a pencil to draw lines on the popsicles and to know where exactly they need to be cut.
Cut both ends of the popsicle sticks on the spot where you draw the lines.
- Cover your working surface with newspaper or another cover to protect it from sticking glue or paint. Some glues can be quite hard to remove.
Also, a glue gun can spill glue after you used it, so beware to place this also on your covered surface.
- After this, first, make the frame of the little house.
If you are going to use glue from a glue gun or super glue, be careful not to hurt your fingers by burning them or gluing them together 😉
As far as I could see, people tend to use different methods to build walls, floors, etc. Let me explain further.
1. Glue your popsicle sticks on a mat board to build large surfaces.
In this blog post, somebody made a big dollhouse using these kinds of mats.
Do you wonder what mat board to use? Then maybe this video can help you out:
2. Only use popsicle sticks on top of each other.
You can just decide not to use mat board and make 4 squares with Popsicle sticks.
Place 2 Popsicle sticks parallel to each other, the same distance apart as the length of one stick.
After that, lay 2 more sticks on top of the first two to form a square.
Glue these together at the corners and repeat this to build as many squares as you need for your house.
Fill these up with popsicle sticks to finish your walls and make sure that there are no gaps between the sticks.
Now, if you want to build larger houses, then of course you are restricted by the size of the popsicle sticks and you need to use the first method.
An Example Of How To Make A Roof.
Now, people make roofs from popsicle sticks in many different ways, and especially more complex, but this could be one way;
- Make 2 triangles formed by overlapping 3 popsicle sticks and just a little bit of glue on the tips.
It really doesn’t matter which part you glue over the other.
- Create one side of the roof by putting just a little bit of glue on the sides of the sticks again.
In this way, you can create a perpendicular by repeating the process and covering the length of the triangle’s sides with popsicle sticks. Make sure that there are no gaps.
You would need to hold each stick in place for at least 5 seconds or until it holds and be careful not to pull off any of the previous sticks or you will get frustrated 😉
Do the same with the side walls.
- Before assembling all the parts together, don’t forget to glue the LED light strings to the walls on the inside.
- Also, do not forget to cut out any openings for doors and windows, using a utility knife.
- Assemble the house by gluing the walls together at the corners. Start with all 4 walls and then add the rooftop.
- Decorate and paint the little popsicle house in any way that pleases you.
- You can add miniature plants and trees around the project or glue climbing plants to the walls.
- Beware: smaller DIY projects made in this way, could be done by children, but be sure to supervise them at all times!
9 Examples On How To Craft Popsicle Sticks Houses And Miniatures.
What better way to show you lots of ideas for a miniature house made with popsicle sticks than videos from Youtube? Here’s a list:
1. Numa VIG: How To Craft a Popsicle Stick House easy
I would just let the videos speak for themselves 🙂
2. Dian Crafts: DIY Modern House making with popsicle sticks
Something a little more complicated!
3. Suliai: How to Make Popsicle Stick House for 🐹Hamsters.
Isn’t this cute? You can even make a miniature house with popsicles for your little pet, in this case, hamsters!
4. LHExperimenT: DIY Modern House making with popsicle sticks
Another cute little house, modern style, that you can use for your small pets!
5. Soheb Shaikh: How To Make An Ice Cream Stick House Without Glue Gun
Have a look at how this colorful miniature house is made!
6. Dûang Dûra: Make a cute house with Popsicle Sticks
Yes yes, another one, cute as hell! 🙂
7. DIY project craft: How To Make Popsicle Stick House Design
This is a beautiful and somewhat larger and expanded house, enjoy the video once again!
8. Mundo Dos Palitos de Picolé: A WesternHouse
This video is not in English but is easily followed to see what you need to do to craft this lovely little Western saloon.
9. Svetla Dandarova: A Miniature House from cardboard and popsicles.
And last, but surely not least!
This lady shared her work on my Facebook group, where you are invited to look at more pictures of her work on how she made these little houses and miniatures with cardboard, popsicle sticks, and toothpicks!
I love her craftsmanship and if you like, you can follow her on her page.
My Final Conclusion.
I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on how to craft a miniature house from popsicle sticks, I had a lot of fun writing it!
If you have any questions, please feel to ask them below in the comments or join me on my Facebook group or other social media channels.
I wish you happy crafting!