Crafts and Art Activities for Kids. SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGES. A handmade Puppet Show

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We offer you a fascinating master class on making an old theater-playing puppet SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGE. To make it is quite simple, and the result is wonderful! You can simply play with it, create a handmade Puppet Show or present it to your younger friends.

It'll be better if you make this cute SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGE with your children. The process of making the toy will give them as much pleasure, as playing with it. Let's start working!

Crafts and art activities for kids. You'll need:

cardboard (the size of the sheet depends on the size of the puppet you are going to make)
P V A glue
paints (acrylic or gouache)
brushes
decorative string or thick thread
a pricker or a nail
Let's start with workpieces. You may take our silhouettes or make up your own. Thus, we have two characters, each of them has got a pair of arms (consisting of two parts), a pair of legs (consisting of two parts, too), a body and a head.

Crafts and Art Activities for Kids. SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGES. A handmade Puppet Show

Mark the spots for the holes as shown in the photo. It's important: in the upper part of the both arms and legs make two holes in each — one under another. Using a pricker or a nail and a hammer make holes in the marked spots.

Crafts and Art Activities for Kids. SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGES. A handmade Puppet Show

Now, pass to the decoration of the puppets. We've decided to make Harlequin and Mister in a Top Hat, imitating an old toy. For this, after the main decoration has been done, we've passed with dry brush with contrast pain by the drawing making the «worn» effect.

Art for children. SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGES. A handmade Puppet Show

We've made the old spats by covering the white paint with a dry brush with yellow pigment. To make the «decorative» blush we've used a dry brush with red pigment. Draw the eyes — the mirror of our characters' souls :)

Art for children. SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGES. A handmade Puppet Show

After the decoration of the SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGES has been done, pass to its movement mechanism. The string with a knot at the end is put through the lower holes of the shoulder parts of the arms and fixed with the second knot from the other side. Note: a piece of string with a knot shouldn't fix the arm near the body tightly — later on it'll hinder its free movement. In the same way fix the arms in the elbows.

Art for children. SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGES. A handmade Puppet Show

Putting the string through the upper holes of the upper parts of the legs, fix them to the body (not very tightly). Now, work with the upper holes in the arms and legs. Put two string pieces through them, minding their parallel position to each other. Note: when this operation is being done, let the toy's hands and legs be like standing to attention.

Art for children. SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGES. A handmade Puppet Show

Now you should fix the string, if pulling it, the toy will move its hands and legs amusingly. For this fix a long piece of string first to the upper vertical line, then to the lower, as shown in the photo. With the left free string part you'll pull the toy, making it move! Fasten a loop on the head (to hang the toy onto the nail during the breaks between performances :)) The SPLAY-FOOTED MIDGE is ready to play with!

Easy christmas crafts for children.


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