DIY Project- Make your own igloo

DIY Project- Make your own igloo

Last week, Gy was learning about types of homes as part of the EVS curriculum in school and the weekend project was to make different types of homes. She was asked to make an igloo. Generally, I outsource all ‘artsy’ work to my creative husband , but this time we decided I could make a go at it.

This was my first joint attempt with Gy, at a DIY project. And, it was actually fun to get down and dirty:)

We decided to combine it into a ‘best out of waste’ project.

Step-by-Step :

How to Make an Igloo

Items needed:

One halved coconut shell
Newspaper strips
White paper strips
Cardboard piece
Fevicol Glue
Paste made out of rice flour and water
Light-blue coloured pencil


  • Take a coconut and break it in half. Scoop out the fruit and ensure that the shell is completely dry. Place the shell on a stiff piece of cardboard and use some fevicol glue to stick the edge of the shell onto the board. Let it dry, preferably over a few hours.
  • Now, take rice flour and mix just enough water to make it into a thick, glue-like paste. It should not be watery.
  • Take the flour paste and a paintbrush and brush it all over the surface of the coconut shell. This will ensure that the brown portions of the shell are not visible. It will also help when you need to cover the shell in strips of newspaper.

    • Cut some newspaper into longitudinal strips and dip the strips into the flour paste.
    • Paste the strips all over the shell and let it dry.
    • When dried, take strips of plain paper and apply a little fevicol on each strip.
    • Place the strips in a criss-cross pattern over the shell.
    • Take the rice flour paste and spread it evenly over the cardboard.
    • Paste cotton on the visible parts of the cardboard.
    • Take a longitudinal strip of paper and raise the centre to make a doorway. Stick the flat edges onto the cardboard strip.

      • When the igloo is dry, take a light-blue pencil and draw on tiny ‘ice cubes’.
      • Voila! There’s your little igloo. Now all we need is an Eskimo !
          Here is the final picture and Gy was so happy with it! With Dusshera around the corner, we hope we can use it as part of the Navarathri Golu set-up, provided it comes back home this week!


        Here are some other DIY ‘homes’ made by Gy’s friends:

        The Kerala boat house, made using Styrofoam, chart paper, sequins and pins! Made by +Meenakshi Swaminathan  Swami and her daughter, Tharushee

        The boat house, using styrofoam, colours and glue! Made by +Shobana Anand  and her daughter, Dhyeya

        The igloo! Made by +Narayan Viswanathan and his daughter, Srinidhi!

        Another igloo, made by Pavithra Srinivasan and her daughter, Shwetha!
        Yet another igloo (seems to be the favourite :); This is by +Debapriya Ghosh  and her daughter, Trisha
        Would you like me to share pictures of similar DIY projects of yours? Send me a picture and a caption for the photograph and I’ll update this post and feature it.
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