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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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Copyright 2013 Corrinna Johnson, All Rights Reserved. The text and photos in this article are the property of myself, Corrinna Johnson. No part of this document may be reproduced without written consent from the author. Published May 25, 2013.

Lets Get Crafting, Eh!

Gather Your Materials And Let's Get Started!

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

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

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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

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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.

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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, snow

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

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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.

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Have You Always Wanted To Learn How To Build An Igloo Snow Shelter?

Watch A Clip Of "How to Make a Perfect Igloo" By Ray Mears On World of Survival - BBC

Or Pick Up A Copy Of "Building An Igloo" And Learn How To Make A Snow Shelter In Your Backyard This Winter

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Have You Ever Tried Building An Igloo Before? - Do YOU Think Canadians Sleep In Snow Houses? 12 comments

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Shoputopian 16 months ago

This was amazing maybe it's because I also am from BC and could be a little bias. I totally enjoyed reading and watching as you created an igloo and the addition of the Canadian flag was priceless.


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Corrinna-Johnson 16 months ago from BC, Canada Hub Author

@Shoputopian: Thanks so much. Its always nice meeting other Canadians on Squidoo and especially ones so close to home!


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Gypzeerose 16 months ago Level 5 Commenter

I lived in Alberta for 8 years so I know a bit about cold. My next door neighbor carved one of these igloos out of snow for his kid. It was so cold, but it was gorgeous.


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Scarlettohairy 15 months ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. Level 3 Commenter

I'd never even seen a Canadian sugar cube igloo before. This is cute and sweet!


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SheilaMilne 15 months ago from Kent, UK Level 1 Commenter

I've never even thought of building an igloo with sugar cubes or snow!. I would probably use royal icing as glue, as you suggest, so that the end result could be edible.


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audrey07 15 months ago

This is interesting. Love the concept although I'm not a crafty person myself.


anonymous 15 months ago

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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mrdata 15 months ago

Lovely concept here! Thanks for your sharing!


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TheEnglishHouse 11 months ago

Nice lens! Thank you.


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Diana Wenzel 7 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

I loved this craft. Would enjoy making a real igloo, too. Excellent tutorial and pics. Thx!


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smine27 7 months ago from Tokyo, Japan Level 7 Commenter

Ohhh, that's really cool. What a great way to use sugar cubes!


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shellys-space 2 months ago from Midwest U.S.A.

These sugar cube Igloos are so adorable! I will have to remember your craft page for Christmas craft ideas.

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