The Playing Cards are key characters in the novel. They are playing cards with a human head, arms and legs. They are loyal servants as well as guards for the Queen of Hearts.
I did a bit of library and internet research to explore the various interpretations of this character in books and film and took it from there.
My aim was not to buy anything new and I managed it!
The two giant playing cards were left over from the pack purchased to make invitations and various other props so I'm counting them as free - OK?
The T-shirts were pinched from my husbands drawers while he was out!! Like most of us, he has an assortment of white T-shirt in various states of shrinkage and heading towards grey so I just swiped the worst two which I class as a side perk of this little project. Wink*
Old white T-shirt
Wooden coat hanger
Giant playing card (A3 size)
Red foam sheets (raided from my daughters crafting supplies)
Red and black fabric pens
Glue (regular and fabric)
Hung on a metal garden lantern stake
2. Glue the smaller paper heart upside down onto one of the larger foam hearts. Turn this foam heart upside down draw a small red heart for the nose and a smaller one for the mouth. Still the wrong way up in this pic.
3. Back the other foam heart with cardboard to reinforce and glue to the top of a bamboo cane.
4. Glue the giant playing card to the front of the T-shirt.
5. Draw on some basic feet onto the T shirt at the bottom of the playing card using a fabric pen.
6. Hang the T-shirt on the wooden coat hanger
7. Glue the "face" onto the wooden coat hanger - positioning in the neck of the T shirt so as to hide the coat hanger.
Repeat as required!!!
I hung my guards on metal garden lantern stakes that we already had in the garden. I found planting the "spear" in front of the "shoulder" area it helped stops them spinning if it's windy.
Overall I'm happy with the result as they only need to stand up to a two hour party.
I'd like a few more but my husband is closely guarding his T-shirt drawer and I've only got two lantern stakes, so I'll stick with a pair.
Next: The Mad Hatter...........