Handicraft
The Christmas puppet

Santa Claus in action: When the string is pulled, both arms and legs move.

Handicraft: The Christmas puppet

The Christmas puppet

Santa Claus in action: When the string is pulled, both arms and legs move.

 

First of all, the Santa Claus pattern is printed out. There is a simple method to ensure that the Christmas puppet is firm enough:

 

Take a piece of thin cardboard, stick it to a part of the pattern and stick paper of the same quality on the other side.

 


Now the individual pieces of the figure are cut out. The marked hole areas are to be pierced using a scissors. The figure is now ready to be assembled. When the holes of connecting pieces are aligned, the peg is attached. To do so, simply push the peg through the holes and secure it by bending the ends of the peg on the reverse side of the puppet.

Now the string is attached to the marked areas on the back of the puppet. To do so, the small points on the pattern are pierced with a needle. The ends of the string are attached to these holes and aligned as demonstrated. In the final step, attach the bead to the end of the string.

 

Printing patterns:

The following patterns are all available to download. The Santa Claus which is to be coloured in (suitable for Pelikan coloured pencils) or as a coloured pattern ready for use.

 

The Good night seesaw


As the sun starts to disappear behind the clouds, the moon starts to rise.

This is how it's done:

  1. The Good night seesaw is printed out and can then be coloured in. Alternatively a pre coloured version can also be printed out. In this case also proceed as with the Sata Claus: stick the individual pieces to cardboard and stick paper of the same quality on the other side.
  2. Using the scissors, carefully pierce the holes on the marked areas. Attach the pulling string and tie a knot in the holes on the sun/moon pattern. The cloud pattern is then aligned on the sun and moon and attached using the peg.
  3. On the backside of the figure a "break pad" (Red arrow) made of cardboard is attached approx. 2cm under the peg. This prevents the sun/moon patterns from spinning full circle.
  4. In order to be able to hang up the Good night seesaw later on, a piece of string is knotted to the outer hole on the cloud (1). The string is then pushed through the straw using a long needle (2). The string is then formed into a loop (3+4) and pressed back through the straw in the opposite direction (5). In the final step simply knot the end of the string to the right side of the clouds (6).

     

     


    How to attach. This is what it should look like when finished.

     

  5. Attach the two beads to both of the lower strings. Now you can either make the sun shine or let the moon light up the sky.

 

Printing patterns:

The following patterns are all available to download. The Good night seesaw which is to be coloured in suitable for Pelikan coloured pencils) or as a coloured pattern ready for use.