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
- Paintbrush, cotton buds, cocktail sticks
Time required: 20 mins (plus plenty of drying time)
Use the red acrylic paint to give your peg soldier a striking red jacket. Paint just up to his crotch.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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...)
Add glue to your Guardsman's head, then place your black pompom centrally on top. Push down.
Give your Foot Guardsman plenty of time to dry!
Sit your solider astride a branch on your Christmas tree.
(A big hat tip The Crafty Crow for this lovely idea)