This little clothespin toy soldier is so simple that you almost don't need written instructions. He would make a great tree trim, or a small kid's Christmas craft for a child to make - and might even work well as a Christmas ornament class project, as the materials are inexpensive.
What you need:
- Round top clothes pin
- Black and red paints
- Black and red markers
- Thin gold cord
- Small black pom pom
- Tiny red pom pom
- Small black beads - a seed bead would work, or any tiny circular material you have to use as buttons
- Scrap of black felt
- Craft glue
What you do:
Paint the bottom of the clothespin red. Paint the upper section black. Allow to dry.
Cut two sections of felt for the arms. Start with a rectangle, round off one end for the bottom, and cut a slight diagonal line at the top. Glue arms to the sides of the soldier.
Glue the small black pom pom on top of the head for a hat. Glue the tiny red pom pom on top of the black one for accent.
Cut a small section of gold braid to use as a chin strap for the hat. Glue in place.
Cut two sections of gold braid to fit down the side of the legs and glue in place.
Glue two beads on the soldier's front as buttons. Glue a circular section of braid to the back and embelish with more "buttons".
With the black marker, make small dots for the eyes. Use the red marker to make small dot for the mouth. You could add a moustache if you wish.
That's it.Â A miniature toy soldierÂ to hang onÂ your tree!
Use your imagination to add extras - you could position the arms to hold a tiny drum, or a flute, or even a tiny Christmas package for the soldier to hold.