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
Acrylic Paints (red & green)
Double sided tape
Black fine tip marker
Foam pop- dots
Espresso Alcohol ink
Small poly bag
Small number stamps
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!