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How To Make A Teepee Paper Bag Craft Instructions
 
Teepee Paper Bag Craft
kids teepee  
How to make a teepee for kids : All You need is a simple brown paper bag instead of deer skin. Follow our instructions below for how to make an authentic looking Tipi for Great Plains Indians.

Making this Indian teepee replica works well for a history project about American Indian history or as an educational free craft idea for kids to make on a rainy day. If you want to understand the life of the American Great Plains Indians, learning how they made their shelters or mobile teepee homes is a great start.

More Indian crafts include a snowy peanuts kids igloo craft and a family tree totem pole for kids.
Time to Complete : < 30 minutes
Difficulty : Easy
Submitted By : Crafty Shops Creative Staff

The kids can make their own teepee and add artwork with crayons and markers like the Indians did. This teepee craft is a great project for the Fall. Elementary school teachers teaching lessons on the american indians love making a teepee using simple materials like a paper bags, sticks, and tooth picks. Making this teepee also works for studying the letter T!

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Craft Supplies Needed
1. 4 fairly straight sticks or twigs- about 12 inches each
2. Toothpicks (4-5 per tipi)
3. Large paper grocery bag - Order brown lunch bags
4. Yarn or Twine
5. Glue
6. Scissors
7. Paints (Bright Red, Blue, Yellow, and Brown)
8. Hand held hole puncher
9. Pin or thumb tack


Instructions To Make A Teepee Paper Bag Craft :
1. Find four fairly straight sticks or twigs each about 12 inches long
2. Form the twigs into a four-point freestanding structure and connecting them by weaving yarn or twine around the twigs at the top.
3. Measure the length of your sticks from where they are connected to the point at which they touch the floor.
4. Cut the bottom out of the paper bag, so that it lays flat forming a long rectangle.
5. You will cut out a half circle that is as deep as the length of your sticks and twice as long as that number.
6. Cut out a regtangle using the dimensions above.
7. Fold the Newly cut rectangle in half long ways.
8. Cut a deep quarter circle from the bottom of the fold to the top of the outer perimeter.
9. When you open the paper bag half circle you will see your skin or wrap for your teepee.
10. Wrap the skin around the stick structure to make sure that it fits.
11. Lay your skin down and paint your designs. Note : Teepee usually have geometetrical shapes and mystical animals like deer, turtles, buffalo and use colors found in nature like reds, blues, yellows, and black.
12. Punch holes about one inch apart around the bottom of the teepee or the around the circular part. Lace string through the holes to give the effect of how the Indians would attach it to the ground. fold the ends of the skin under and paste it to seal
13. Make door - Cut a circle out of the extra pieces. Draw an inner circle about a half inch in. Cut slits from the out cirle in about a centimeter apart. Cut along the inner circle every other section. Fold the existing sections in. Take a piece of
14. Wrap your skin around the twig structure with the overlap in front.
15. Poke holes with a thumb tack on each side of the overlap. Make two above the door and two below.
16. With the toothpick position above the door, put your teepee door loop through the toothpick (pin) before you poke it through the second hole.
17. Traditionally, Indians used pins to hold their teepee together, we will use toothpicks. From Inside the structure, poke a toothpick through the thumb tack holes and push the tooth pick down through the opposite hole.
18. Now you have a traditionally looking replica of a great plains teepee.

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