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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. It was actually fun to get down and dirty:)

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

DIY: Make your own Igloo at home using half a coconut shell, paper strips, glue and a bit of creativity. Easy enough for the kids to do by themselves.

Step by step instructions to make your own 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.

Make your own igloo

  • 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.

Make your own igloo

  • 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! 
The boat house, using styrofoam, colours and glue!
The igloo! Made by Gy’s friend!
Another igloo, made by a friend!
Yet another igloo (seems to be the favourite 🙂
 Have you ever made an igloo for a school project? What were the materials that you used? Do share in the comments 🙂
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totschooltotallyawesome · November 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Turned out awesome!

    Shailaja · October 14, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    That’s amazing! Good to know 🙂

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