Large Tipi

This craft is project that is more fun to build together, as details will occur to you as you work. The first step is a trip to the forest to gather 5 strong but light sticks, as straight as possible.You might also want to grab some moss and pine cones while you are out there. You tipi can be as large or small as you like. Aside from the sticks, here’s what you’ll need:

Strong rubber elastic, various twine or string from around the house, various coloured paper, scissors, tape and any bibs and bobs you might have hanging around-pompoms, beads, paint etc. The first step is to decorate your sticks; paper is more painless than paint-cut some long, skinny strips of paper and secure one end with tape, wrapping it as you go to make stripes and securing with more tape at the end. Once all your sticks are decorated, hold therm all loosely together in one hand and arrange them on the floor or tabletop from the bottom-attempting to make sure all the branches touch the surface kind of evenly and also that they are spread apart in a circular tipi. Once balance is ok, wrap the top branches together with the elastic, or bind with twine. Now your basic shape is built and you can think about fun details-moss observatory? Hammock? Personalised flags? You can weave as much or as little as you like onto your basic structure using string, paper or extra malleable branches like cedar. 

Posted on July 24, 2017 .