How to Make an Igloo out of Sugar Cubes
When you think of winter, you may imagine building snowmen and igloos outside. Depending on your location, you may have some days when you have no snow but you still want to build an igloo. An indoor igloo made of sugar cubes could be an enjoyable alternative. Children could construct a small igloo and then use it for creative play with tiny toys.
Things You'll Need
- White poster paint
- Paint brush
- Cardboard (about 12 inches by 18 inches)
- Sugar cubes
- Vanilla icing
Paint one side of the cardboard white to create the base of the igloo. Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding.
Set the compass to draw a circle with a 7-inch diameter. Draw the circle in the center of the cardboard.
Position the sugar cubes around the edge of the circle, leaving a 2-inch-wide space open for the entryway. Place your sugar cubes about 1/4-inch apart so they don't touch each other.
Spread icing onto the bottom of a sugar cube and place it onto the first layer of cubes, positioning it so it sits over a gap between two sugar cubes on the bottom row. Continue spreading icing onto each sugar cube and adding them to igloo to create the second row of cubes.
Create layers three through five the same way you created layer two. Set aside the igloo to allow the icing to harden.
Draw another identical circle onto a paper plate and cut out the circle. This will form the template for the second half of igloo. Add sugar cubes around the outer edge of the circle using the same technique, except do not leave a space for an entryway. Add three more layers of cubes using the icing and the same technique, but move each layer inward toward the middle sightly to create a slightly curved shape. Allow the icing to harden.
Spread icing onto the sugar cubes in the top layer on the cardboard. Place the second half of the igloo onto the bottom half, leaving the plate in place to support the sugar cubes. Align the edges of the cubes and press gently to adhere them to each other.
Measure the remaining opening at the top of the igloo. Measure and draw a circle with the compass on the cardboard that will fit the hole and cut it out.
Cover the surface of the circle with a thin layer of icing. Glue the cardboard onto the top opening with icing. Arrange sugar cubes over the wet icing to cover it. Allow the icing to harden.
Spread icing lightly over the painted cardboard around the igloo and sprinkle coconut lightly to create the appearance of snow. Allow the icing to harden.
- Substitute glue for icing, but glue may dry clear, which won't look as authentic as icing.
- If you attempt this project with young children, expect to provide extensive assistance and guidance to avoid frustration.
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