How to Build a Colonial Log Cabin for a School Project

    by Jessica Westover

    About the Author

    Jessica Westover began writing professionally in 2010. She has worked at various greenhouse production facilities and more recently as a personal banking assistant for Zions Bank. Westover graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in horticulture and a minor in accounting.


    Teachers may assign students to build a miniature log cabin when teaching history topics, such as pioneers, pilgrims or Colonial times. By building their own cabins, students might begin to understand what life was like during these periods. There are many ways to build a colonial log cabin for a school project. One way involves using a small cardboard box as a base for the cabin. By covering its surface with twigs, the box is transformed into a small model of a colonial log cabin.

    Things You'll Need

    • Small cardboard box
    • Knife
    • Straight twigs
    • Hot glue gun
    • Cardboard sheet
    • Brown construction paper
    • Small rocks

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    Set a small cardboard box on a flat work surface. Turn the box so one of the shorter sides is facing you. Draw a line at a 45-degree angle from the center top to the left edge of the box's shorter side with a pencil. Draw a second line starting from the same point moving toward the right side. Repeat this process on the box's remaining short side.

    Cut along the lines on either side of the box with a knife. Discard the removed corners to create peaks for your cabin's roof. Cut along the top of the two lengthwise sides of the box to shorten their heights to the bottom of the peaks.

    Draw a small upright rectangle in the center bottom of one of the long sides of the box to act as a door. Draw one small square on either side of the door to create windows. Cut out the windows with a knife. Cut along the left side, top and bottom of the door. Pull the door outward to bend it along the line on the right side.

    Glue twigs horizontally across the back, left and right sides of your box using a hot glue gun. Glue twigs horizontally across the front of the house, making sure not to cover the window holes. Cut the twigs to shorter lengths and glue them in horizontal rows on either side of both windows.

    Cut twigs equal in length to the height of the door. Glue the twigs vertically across the surface of the door.

    Place a flat sheet of cardboard on the work surface. Cover the bottom of the log cabin with hot glue. Position the cabin in the center of the cardboard sheet and press it down on top. Hold the cabin in place until the glue cools.

    Cut a rectangle from a piece of brown construction paper that is 1-inch longer and wider than the box's dimensions. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Apply a line of hot glue to the top edges of the box. Open the folded rectangle and set it on top of the box to form the roof. Press the paper down until the glue dries.

    Glue small rocks to one of the shorter sides of the cabin. Attach the rocks in a long, thin rectangle up the side of the cabin to act as a chimney. Glue a few rocks in a rectangle to the top of the roof above the rocks on the side of the cabin.

    • Glue your cabin to a sturdy base such as a piece of cardboard. Add other pioneer embellishments such as a stone path or tiny plastic farm animals.

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