Blackfoot Paper Teepee
Make a Blackfoot Paper Teepee to add to your Thanksgiving decorations. Native Americans were an important part of the earliest Thanksgiving celebrations.
Brown A4 or US Letter size card stock
Colored pencils, crayons, or markers
Three sticks, skewers, or twigs
Scoring tool (e.g. blunt plastic knife, spent ballpoint pen)
Print out the teepee template on brown A4 or Letter size card stock.
Decorate the teepee using colored pencils, crayons, or markers. Decorate as you like or draw inspiration from how the Native American people decorated their teepees. Check out these resources for some useful info:
The bottom part of the teepee represents the earth. It is typically decorated with a dark-colored band. Curved mounds springing from the top edge of the band represent hills while pointed ones are mountains.
The top section represents the sky. It is often filled with round-shaped stars.
Animals are usually found in the teepee's middle area. These are said to be the teepee owner's spirt helpers.
Score both sides of the door. This step is necessary if you printed out the template in heavy or thick card stock. Scoring makes folding the door a lot easier. Find a scoring tool such as a blunt plastic knife or a spent ballpoint pen. Place the edge of a ruler on one of side of the teepee's triangular door. With the ruler to guide the tool, score along the entire line. Do not score too hard as this may tear the paper. Repeat with the door's opposite side.
Cut along the door's middle line.
Fold out the door flaps along the pair of scored lines.
Apply glue along the entire tab area.
Glue the tab behind the teepee's opposite edge, forming a cone shape.
Cut three sticks, skewers, or twigs to a length of about 6 to 7 inches.
Bind them together loosely with a rubber band about an inch from one end.
Place the tripod inside the teepee, with its bound end peeking through the top hole.
Tape the bottom end of each stick onto the inside of the teepee.
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