Tutorial-Martha Jenkins Toy Soldier
Since I no longer have my soldier—I gave him away—I can’t give exact measurements on everything. Hopefully this will be adequate.
You will need:
1 Round paper Ice cream container
2 Gift wrap cores
2 Paper towel cores
1 Ribbon spool
1 two liter soda bottle
3 paper mache eggs
Piece of foamboard, matboard or cardboard—unless you can find the flat paper mache eggs for his feet.
Carefully clean & thoroughly dry the ice cream container. Place it open end up on a table & stand the 2 paper towel cores at his sides. This is so his shoulders will be straight. Hot glue the cores to his sides about 2/3 of the way. Leave the area at his waist so you can slip the belt between his arms & body later.
While he’s still upside down, place him on a piece of posterboard, cereal box, heavy cardstock or other very light weight cardboard. Draw around all 3 pieces to make a single piece to cover his shoulders. Follow the dotted lines on diagram A to fill in the area where the cores meet the ice cream container. Cut this piece out & glue it to the top of the ice cream container & his shoulders. I don’t know how long his arms are but you can cut them to any length you like. I prefer shorter body & arms, & long legs.
Paint the entire piece red—I used acrylic but spray paint will work too.
I don’t know if they still sell the flat, paper mache egg shapes but if you can’t find them you can cut them out of a foam core board or matboard. Glue them to the bottom of the gift cores & paint them black. Adjust his height—the cores will reach all the way to his shoulders. You’ll have to balance him on his feet. Mine stood on his own when the gift wrap cores were placed apart & all the way to the back of the ice cream container so I hot glued them where they touched the back of the bucket, as well as around the top of the cores where they touched his shoulders.
Take the flat sides off of the ribbon spool so you have only a cardboard ring left. Paint it black & glue it to the center of the ice cream container for his collar/neck. Again, I can’t give measurements for the paper mache eggs so you’ll have to see which fits & looks best. The diameter of his head should be about the same as the diameter of the soda bottle—perhaps a bit larger.
Use a sharp knife to cut a wine cork diagonally top to bottom & hot glue it on for his nose filling in any gaps with glue. Paint his face & hands pink/flesh tone. You can finish his face however you choose. I used an ice pick to poke holes & glued purchased eyes into the holes. Marker for his mouth & pink blush for his cheeks. Glue his head & hands in place.
Cut enough of the top off of a 2 liter soda bottle so it will come down over the head. Cut out the front section so it fits just above his eyebrows & in front of his ears. Cover it with faux fur. It will probably have to be done with several pieces of fur cut, fitted & hot glued on. Feather glued on & 2 buttons glued on with a chain draped between.
You can draw his chinstrap on or glue on a piece of cording, shoelace, ribbon, etc. so it extends under the edges of his hat.
I added gold fringe to his shoulders & gold braid to his collar, epaulets, cuffs & between his buttons. Also a stripe down the side of his legs. I either cut the backs from the buttons with a wire cutters or poked holes with an ice pick to accommodate the shanks. (Can’t remember which)
His belt is a white faux leather with an old shoe buckle, glued in place.
I hope I’ve covered enough so anyone can create an entire army of toy soldiers.