The Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the most recognizable structures in the world, stretching nearly 1,000 feet in the sky and made completely of wrought iron. Recreate this engineering feat at home using materials you might already have around the house. While you're popsicle-stick structure won't stretch hundreds of feet high, the impressive craft you make can serve as a towering party centerpiece or room decoration.
Cut four tiers of the Eiffel Tower from florist foam. The base piece, which is the largest, should be 10-square inches. The second tier should be 6-square inches, the third needs to be three-square inches, and the fourth must be 2 inches all around. Each piece must be 2-inches thick.
Create the first layer of the tower by sticking popsicle sticks into each corner of the foam base piece. Place two popsicle sticks side by side along the perimeter of each corner's edge. Each corner should have four sticks, with a total of 16 sticks on the base board. When poking the sticks inside the florist foam, push them about 3/4 of an inch deep and angle them at 60 degrees.
Place the second foam tier of the tower on the popsicle sticks protruding from the first layer. Secure this second piece of florist foam so that it creates an even surface.
Stick popsicle sticks into the second platform the same way they were pushed into the bottom layer, including two sticks on both edges of each corner. These sticks should be at a 75-degree angle.
Place the third florist foam tier of your Eiffel Tower onto the second level of popsicle sticks. Ensure it makes a flat surface.
Build the third layer of the tower by placing popsicle sticks into the corners of the third piece of foam. This time, use just one popsicle stick on each side of the corners, for a total of eight sticks all around. They should be set at an 80-degree angle.
Attach the final and smallest foam tier of the tower to the top of the highest popsicle sticks.
Place one popsicle stick into each side of each corner of the final tier, so that there are eight total on that layer. These sticks must be angled so that they meet in a point at the top of the tower. Glue them in place on the top.
Create the structure's siding. Start by breaking popsicle sticks in half the long way to create narrow pieces. Use these pieces to create Xs going from the start of the third tier all the way to the top of the tower. Glue them in place. Also, glue one narrow piece of a popsicle stick coming out of the top of the tower.
Spray paint your popsicle stick Eiffel Tower whatever color you choose.
Tips & Warnings
- Use toothpicks instead of popsicle sticks to create the tower's siding.
- Instruct students to create a popsicle stick Eiffel Tower as a school project.
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