How To Make A London Soldier Peg Doll Christmas Decoration

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How To Make A London Soldier Peg Doll Christmas Decoration

Dark December evenings in the run up to Christmas are the perfect time to get a little crafty.

With just a little bit of paint, a peg and a pompom, you can have your own gorgeous Foot Guardsman to watch over your London-themed Christmas tree this year. Attenshun!

You will need:

  • Wooden clothes pegs
  • Black pompoms
  • Acrylic paint: black, red, white
  • Puff paint: pink, gold, black
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush, cotton buds, cocktail sticks

Time required: 20 mins (plus plenty of drying time)

Step 1
Use the red acrylic paint to give your peg soldier a striking red jacket. Paint just up to his crotch.

Step 2
With the black acrylic paint, give your solider smart black trousers. Don't worry about getting a perfect waistline between the two colours at this stage, you're going to add a belt once these colours are dry.

Step 3
Use your gold puff paint to add shiny round buttons to his jacket. Don't forget, puff paint takes plenty of time to dry. (Our tubes suggested four hours.)

Step 4
Wait until the trousers and jacket paints are both completely dry, then use your red / pink puff paint to draw a neat red seam on your Guardsman's trousers.

Step 5
Use the black and pink puff paints to give your Guardsman two eyes and a smile. We added pink cheeks with a little pink puff paint on a cotton bud.

Step 6
After checking all your paint is dry, use the white acrylic paint to give your peg solider a smart white belt. (Tip: we tidied the edges with a black Sharpie once the white paint was dry...)

Step 7
Add glue to your Guardsman's head, then place your black pompom centrally on top. Push down.

Step 8
Give your Foot Guardsman plenty of time to dry!

Step 9
Sit your solider astride a branch on your Christmas tree.

Please share your Londony Christmas craft decorations with us, either in the comments, on Twitter, or on Instagram, tagged #londonistcraft.

(A big hat tip The Crafty Crow for this lovely idea)

Last Updated 25 November 2016

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