Soldier ornaments, and not just from the Nutcracker, are popular for Christmas. While the Queen’s Guard of Buckingham Palace in England may not be as common, they are a wonderful addition to the Christmas tree. I am actually British born, though I’ve been in America my entire life. I still have family in England and of course my heritage is there, so this was a fun project for me.
I also wanted to make a lot of them, so a simpler project was needed. I love Nutcracker soldiers but they are pretty detailed and it would have taken quite a bit longer. The Queen’s Guard was a much easier choice.
These are made from doll pins. They are often referred to as clothespins because of the opening in the long end, but their correct term is doll pin. You can also buy doll pin stands, like I use in this project, usually hanging right near the doll pins.
Funny story about how this craft came to be. I was googling for clothespin christmas soldiers in the images section and came across the picture below. I thought they were so cute, but unfortunately when I clicked through to see the source, it was a Squidoo page that had since been removed. I searched a while longer and was unable to find them, so I decided to just use the picture as inspiration.
Well I just now sat down to write this post and did the same google image search. This time an image from Pinterest came up with these soldiers. When I clicked through I was very happy to see the original post on Cassie’s site The Crafty Crow.
Mine are a little different, but I think both options are adorable.
There are full printable instructions below. First you’ll paint the head with flesh colored paint, then the top section with red. After that dries paint the white belt then insert the pins upside down in the stands so you can paint the “legs” black.
After they’ve dried, take them out of the stands and paint the stands gold. Use a toothpick to add gold buttons. Paint some glue inside the stands and put the doll pins back in.
Use a toothpick to add the eyes with black paint, and the handle end of a paintbrush to add the cheeks with pink. Trim one side of a black pom-pom and attach it to the head.