What you need to make Chrsitmas toy soldiers
- 5 pots all the same size
- hot glue
- black faux fur (or black felt)
- wooden base (we used the top of a stool)
- epoxy glue
How to make Christmas toy soldiers out of clay pots
Step 1- Make the base and paint black
We used the top of an old bar stool for the base of the pot soldier and painted it black. Then, paint one pot black.
Step 2- Paint black and blue
Next, it’s time to paint the second terra cotta pot. For this pot, paint the rim of the pot black and then paint the below the rim blu
Step 3- Paint the 3rd pot
Keep the black paint out because you will paint the rim of the 3rd pot black to create the toy soldiers waist. Below the rim, paint red.
Step 4- Paint the 4th pot
There is no not need to paint the rim of the 4th pot since it will get covered with black felt. Below the rim of the pot, paint it skin tone as this pot will be soldiers face.
Step 5- Paint the 5th pot
The rim of the 5th pot does not need to be painted since it will also get covered with black felt. Paint the rest of this pot black. It will act as the soldiers hat.
Step 6- Add details
After ample drying time, it is time to bring the toy soldiers to life! Here are the embellishments my mom and I added:
- We added a real belt around the waist.
- 6 gold buttons and we used ribbon to connect
- We used fake fur around the the rim of the face pot and hat pot to add character to the hat. We put 2 stripes of gold ribbon above the fur to fancy up his hat.
- The hat topper is actually 2 gold Christmas ornaments we found at Hobby Lobby for 1$. We used hot glue to stick them together and then attached them to the pot with epoxy glue.
- For the face- We used a sharpie for the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth, and then painted a simple light pink triangle for the nose. The rosy cheeks and inside of the eyes are felt.
Step 7- Glue pots together
We glued the pots together with epoxy glue. Word to the wise, the toy soldiers are very heavy and moving them is difficult. We use a little red wagon to move the soldiers from place to place!
A few years after my mom and I made the big toy soldiers, I made these mini clay pot Christmas soldiers by myself. For the record, it was so much easier!
Have you ever made Christmas toy soldiers our of clay pots? I’d love to hear…
Comments & Reviews
Paige Cassandra Flamm says
One of my friends on Instagram just posted about having one of these on her porch yesterday! Seriously so fun, cute, and easy!
Love Your Work. Great
frugal hausfrau says
How fun is this and what a great idea!~ Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Theresa @DearCreatives says
Adorable idea. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
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Absolutely adorable. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!
Virginia Tiglio says
Love them will make them for Xmas thus year. Thank You….
what size of pots did you use?
Deborah Aiello says
These are adorable. I am going to make these for by the door of our clubhouse at our 55+ community. I know everyone will love them.
Hi – just made these! So cute! I gave them moustaches and big eyebrows like the nutcracker soliders!
These were about $50 each to make – in Canada – the clay pots were $6 each x 5 = $30 plus paint and buttons and fur, etc.
I thought about making them with plastic pots but in Canada the winter cold would crack the pots so I went with clay pots.
Thanks for the great tutorial and idea! My neighbours are asking for me to make them some!