12 Crafts for the Season - Day 4: Fun for All Making a Popsicle Toy Solider Ornament

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One of the most iconic symbols for Christmas is that of the toy solider. Bring this tradition into your home with us by making your very own toy solider ornament out of popsicles.

But first, did you know that the prevalence of the toy solider actually began through nutcrackers? Although not all, nutcrackers were most commonly made to resemble toy soldiers. The nutcracker originated from Germany in the late-17th century when they were given as gifts to symbolise good luck and frighten off malevolent spirits. Soon it became associated with the Christmas season and the tradition spread to other nearby European countries in the 19th century.

This craft brings the nutcracker solider to your home, but is also a fun and simple creative endeavour to undertake that can be enjoyed by all the family.

To make the toy soldiers you will need:

  • Varying sizes of popsicle sticks
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • A black sponge
  • Craft glue
  • Twine, string, or ribbon

How to:

  • Onto your largest popsicle, paint on the body, uniform, and face of the solider. You can use our picture for reference or look for inspiration of your own.
  • Onto two smaller popsicles, paint on the arms of the toy solider.
  • Once dried, use the craft glue to attach the arms to the body.
  • Cut the black sponge to the right size for your toy solider. Squeeze a small amount of glue onto the top of the ornament and attach the black sponge to act as the hat.
  • Lastly, loop your twine, string or ribbon with a knot, and glue it to the back of the ornament and leave to dry fully.

From there you can take it any direction you like – why not create popsicle ornaments of yourself, family, and friends? It could be a fun holiday game to take turns painting popsicle ornaments of each other.

If you are interested in painting why not explore the AAaH ‘Portrait in Oils’ kit that goes in-depth into how to utilise oil painting to bring your subjects to life. Who knows, you could be creating popsicle masterpieces with the help of the kit.