How To Make A Sugar Cube Igloo

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Craft A Uniquely Canadian Igloo Decoration From Sugar Cubes, Glue And Styrofoam Balls

Up here in Canada, the snow has started to fall and the days have grown colder and shorter. Learn how to make an igloo built with sugar cubes without having to leave the warmth and comfort of your own home. No need to bundle up and go outside in the cold. Add a touch of Canadian history to your Christmas display or table centerpiece for the holidays.

The igloo, or snow house, is a widely recognized Canadian icon, and aside from the good humored jokes about Canadians living in igloos, they have an integral role in Canadian history. The Inuit people invented the igloo hundreds of years ago to provide temporary shelter from the cold climate and winter tundra of the Arctic while on fishing and hunting expeditions. This crafting activity is a fun and interactive way to teach children about the Inuit people and the basic structures of igloos.

Follow along as I show you how to make an igloo with sugar cubes, styrofoam craft balls and glue. These are very easy and fairly inexpensive to make. I am going to make a couple more to include in my Christmas North Pole village display. You can even use these in an Arctic theme display with polar bears, penguins and ice glaciers. They look great used in a holiday table centerpiece or as a place setting at a dinner party. They are super durable and will keep indefinitely. Wrap them up in tissue paper and store them in a shoe box until you are ready to use them again.

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Lets Get Crafting, Eh!

Gather Your Materials And Let's Get Started!

Supplies you will need for making igloos from sugar cubes © 2013 C. Johnson, All Rights Reserved. Cut the styrofoam ball in half using a sharp knife. A dull knife may cause the ball to crumble or leave uneven edges. Each ball makes two igloos.

Because sugar cubes are square and uniform in size, you will not be able to make a perfectly formed igloo. There will be gaps, cracks and holes and the cubes won't line up evenly all the way around, but that only adds to the charm of these little snow homes. Hot glue is very forgiving, so if you make a mistake or don't like the look of the arrangement, you can gently peel the sugar cube off the styrofoam and start again. Don't fuss over it too much though!

To get the curved, round shape of the dome, I start building the igloo from the top and work my way down. If you build the snow house from the bottom up, you will end up with a more angular shaped igloo.

Begin Building Your Igloo

Lay the halved ball flat side down on the table and place a small dollop of glue on the top center of the dome.

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Place the first sugar cube down on top of the glue.

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Make your next layer by gluing a ring of sugar cubes around the center block resembling the shape of a flower.

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Start the third layer by gluing a cube underneath and in the middle of two cubes from the second layer.

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Continue gluing the blocks around the ball to form a complete circle.

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To make the fourth layer, repeat the instructions above, only this time, the cubes should line up with the bottom edge of the ball.

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Next, we will be adding a base. Glue a ring of sugar cubes to the bottom of the fourth layer since we no longer have any styrofoam left to attach them to. This creates a hollowed out igloo.

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Make a doorway by gently prying off two cubes that are vertically stacked together. Now we can see right inside the igloo.

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Next, we will make an arch for the doorway. Lay the cubes on the table and one by one, glue the edges of the sugar cubes together like so, making sure to angle them in the shape of a curved arch.

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This is what it should look like when it is finished.

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Squeeze a line of hot glue around the arch and position it in the doorway of the igloo.

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Pull off all the strings of glue and we are done! This sugar cube igloo craft is super easy and each snow home takes only about 5 minutes to make.

Igloo Craft © 2013 C. Johnson, All Rights Reserved.

Use Royal Icing To Glue The Cubes Together To Make This A Fun & Edible Craft For Kids

Add Some Uniquely Canadian Decorations To Your Igloos

Look through your kid's trinkets or your Christmas decorations for some cute polar bears, penguins, snowmen or anything "Arctic" themed.

You Can Even Make A Sugar Cube Fire Pit And A Couple Of Inukshuk Statues To Go Along With The Igloos

Canada Day Craft © 2013 C. Johnson, All Rights Reserved. To make the sugar cube fire pit, I painted a metal jar lid white and then glued the cubes around the rim of the lid. These are also really simple to make using a glass or metal dish without gluing the cubes down. Form a ring of cubes around the candle, being careful to leave a small space so the sugar will not melt. I like to use a mixture of red and white tealight candles.
Sugar Cube Igloo Table Decoration © 2013 C. Johnson, All Rights Reserved.

Take A Peek Into History....Historical Prints Of Eskimos And Igloos

Historic Print (L): Eskimo family and their igloo from Labrador, Seattle, A.Y.P.E. Historic Print: Eskimo family and their igloo
Historic Print (M): Mrs. Kleinschmidt a dinner guest in Eskimo igloo with dinner of frozen crabs Historic Print: Mrs. Kleinschmidt a dinner guest in Eskimo igloo with dinner of frozen crabs
Historic Print (L): Building an Eskimo igloo Historic Print: Building an Eskimo igloo

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  • smine27 Feb 06, 2014 @ 9:52 am
    Ohhh, that's really cool. What a great way to use sugar cubes!
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Jan 31, 2014 @ 5:19 pm
    I loved this craft. Would enjoy making a real igloo, too. Excellent tutorial and pics. Thx!
  • TheEnglishHouse Sep 29, 2013 @ 9:30 pm
    Nice lens! Thank you.
  • mrdata May 29, 2013 @ 8:45 am
    Lovely concept here! Thanks for your sharing!
  • May 28, 2013 @ 11:11 am
    I have tried building an igloo before and its harder than it looks because the snow has to be just right to make blocks and we didn't really have that....we'd end up with a circle but never got the top right, but we had fun. Speaking of some sweet fun, you sure have that here with your igloos and fire ring, cuteness and great DIY instructions, a great project for kids! :) Congratulations on your purple star and Imminent feature...you handled it with creativity!

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