Wednesday, December 19, 2012

10 Lords A-Leaping

Ten Lords a-Leaping 

In Victorian times paper dolls called Jumping Jacks or French “Pantin” were a popular toy.  Children would cut out each piece of the puppet, assemble the joints then string would be tied together to make the arms and legs to dance about.
This puppet came to mind when working on a the 12 Days of Christmas Project:
A 10 Lords a-Leaping Pantin.   


Empty Wooden Thread Spool
6” Dowel
Acrylic Paints (red & green)
Wooden star
Double sided tape
Gold glitter
Black ink
Black fine tip marker
Tinsel string
Foam pop- dots
Espresso Alcohol ink
Small poly bag
Small number stamps
Small bell
Print copy of the paper doll & crown (provided) on heavy cardstock
To make the base:

Paint green triangles around bottom of spool. Paint the rest of the spool red. When dry even out the look of the green triangles with a black marker.  Run a strip of double sided tape around top edge of spool, expose tape and glitter.  Run 2 additional bands of tape around center of spool and glitter.
Cut a 4” piece of tinsel string and place in poly bag.  Add about 6 drops of espresso alcohol ink into bag, seal bag and press ink into tinsel. Once coated take tinsel from bag and set aside to dry.

Stamp wooden star with “10”. Place a foam pop-dot on back of star and place on center of spool. Take the colored tinsel and wrap around pop dot behind the star.
Paint dowel with red paint, when dry add glue and place into spool.

To make the puppet:
For assembly of the puppet I found it easier to explain by including this excellent picture and directions from the website:

Once assembled, embellish the puppet with glitter.  To attach the puppet to the dowel stick, use foam pop-dots on back of head and body.  Add a bell to the end of the string, and make your Lord leap and dance.

It was an honor to participate and I can't wait to see what the next 2 days projects will be!

Don't forget about the cone ornament giveaway, I will be drawing names on the 20th!

1 comment:

Dorthe said...

the spool made so perfect to go with his dress, and for him to rest on, when not "dansing",-I love the way you painted it, and the tinsel and star.
So great for the number ten, and the sweetest toy.
Thankyou for telling the :how to my dear.