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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 28- Paint Stick Toy Soldier

My sister put in a request for a few "boy themed" ornaments. As boys are completely foreign to me-I have 5 girls!-this was hard. So I'm starting by asking if any of you have any ideas to share PLEASE leave a comment and a link. I {and my sister} would love to see what you've come up with.

Here is my best attempt at "BOY"-
{sorry for the dark pics, it was really late when I did this}

Want to make one too? Here's what you'll need:
A small paint stick (the freebie ones at the paint counter)
3 jumbo craft sticks
paint (red, blue, white, black, and flesh)
white ribbon
and a few extras: I used a feather, yellow fabric paint,
 holiday themed buttons, a small piece of red polymer clay, floss,
and holly garland
{look around and use what you have! It makes it more your own.}

First use your scissors to cut the sticks.

I cut about 4" off of the paint stick to make the body, the rounded ends of 1 stick for the boots about 1/2 an inch , cut 1 stick in half {on a 45 degree angle} for the arms, and the rounded end of the third stick for the hat brim-round the cut just a bit.
 BE CAREFUL when you cut the sticks, they have a tendency to split if you don't hang on to them. It's a good idea to have a few spares around.

Painting comes next. I inked all my edges black once the paint was dry and added my rosy cheeks. Once the cheeks were dry, I dotted the eyes and highlighted the cheeks, boots, and hat brim. 

Add the ribbon detail next. I had thin 1/8 inch ribbon so it wrapped it twice.
Wrap a sleeve around each arm. A hat band at the base of the hat, and the stripes on his dress coat.

Glue the pieces together next.

 Add the soldiers embellishments. I gave his hat a feather
and used yellow fabric paint to make buttons.

I tied a small bundle of embroidery thread for a mustache
and added a red polymer clay ball for his nose.

Last comes the fun stuff he's hanging on to:

I glues the garland to his hands and then glues on the buttons.
I also gave him an official snowflake badge{to cover a misplaced blob of ink!} 
Add a hanger to the back of his hat and he's ready for duty!

Happy Crafting...


Stef said...

OK this is way stinkin cute!! Thanks for sharing all your awesome Talent!

Tales of Tiff said...

I knew you could pull it off! Way cute and it's boyish - yay! Thanks a million....Now I just have to see if I can make mine look anything like yours. ;)

Love Ya - Tiff

*The Thompson Fam said...

k...This is cute!

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