With a little bit of work, you can make a box of craft sticks into a wide variety of Lincoln-Log-Type pieces which can be used to make virtually any little structure! The project possibilities are only limited by your imagination and how many popsicles you can eat (or craft sticks you have...lol)!
This instructable will show you how to make the Lincoln stick pieces and then detail the designs of two "log cabin" structures that I built out of them. I welcome any and all comments or suggestions!
Step 1: Materials
(Brown) Spray Paint
Artificial Snow (optional)
Saw (I used a jigsaw, but a table saw might be even better)
Please note that the craft sticks I used in this project are: 4.5 x 3/8 x 1/12"
If you use craft sticks of any other dimensions, you will have to proportionately modify the following steps.
Step 2: Notch Cutting 101
1.) Measure in from the end of the stick one stick width (in my case, 3/8") and draw a vertical line.
2.) Measure 1/4 of the width of the stick (3/32") in from the side of the stick on each side.
3.) Make sure that the width of each cut is the same as the thickness of the craft sticks (1/12"). In my case, I was lucky enough to have a jigsaw blade that was exactly 1/12". Hoorah!
4.) If you make any other notches, be sure to repeat steps 2 & 3.
Note: The dimensions of each craft stick vary from stick to stick. You may want to filter out some of the "undesirables" before you start cutting.
Step 3: Notches You Will Need
When using a jigsaw, I found that it was best to duct tape 6 craft sticks together at one time, using one as a template (pic 2). Taping them together prevents the individual sticks from splintering as you saw..
Step 4: Making the Cuts
Step 5: Priming the Pieces
Step 6: Building the Cabin
Craft Stick Log Cabin SlideShow
The slideshow goes over some of the steps previously mentioned, but it also shows how each piece fits into place. You will need some wood glue to finish the roof supports (see pic 1) and back wall (see pic 2).