How would you like to make a Garden Gremlin?

You will need:
  • Empty jar
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard box card
  • Sticky tape
  • Elastic band
  • Paper
  • PVA glue
  • Water
  • Tissue paper or kitchen roll
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black pen
Start by choosing a jar to put the Garden Gremlin into.
Then scrunch up a piece of newspaper into a ball, for the body.
Tape on a smaller piece of newspaper to form a neck...
...then tape an oval-shaped ball that's a bit smaller than the body for the head.
Use the lid of the jar as a guide to check the size of the gremlin, so that you know it will fit into the jar.
For each arm, cut out a square of newspaper and roll it up.
Twist it a little.
The idea is to open part of the end out, and flatten it, to make a little hand.
Place the arm onto the body and tape it into place.
To get the shape, you have to bend at the elbow and tape the hand into position under the chin.
Make another arm in the same way, and tape that into place as well.
For legs, twist and shape newspaper into a sort of chicken drumstick shape, and tape into position on the body.
Bend the leg in the middle, to make a knee joint.
Make another leg in the same way...
...and for the feet, cut out two feet shapes from thick card or cardboard box card, and pad them out with newspaper.

Tape them into place at the end of the legs.
And that's the basic gremlin finished.

Use plenty of sticky tape to make it strong and keep it in shape.
It's a good idea to check again at this point that the gremlin will fit into the jar.
Next, some detail.

How about adding a couple of wings cut from thin card?

Just pop them into position and tape into place.
Balls of newspaper look good as eyes...
...and some small card triangles are great for ears!
Mix some PVA glue in equal parts with water and start to paste it onto the gremlin with a paintbrush.
Lay on small pieces of tissue paper or kitchen roll to seal all the detail in place, and give the gremlin a great texture.
Don't forget to cover the whole thing and to go into all the nooks and crannies.
When the gremlin is dry, you can paint it.

This one was painted with acrylic paint in differing shades of green. It also has extra detailing in black pen.
Fill the bottom of the jar with soil or gravel.
Pop in a pebble for the gremlin to sit on.
How about some leaves and twigs to make it more comfortable?

Or an acorn for the gremlin to nibble on, perhaps?
When the jar is ready, just pop the gremlin inside.
To make sure the gremlin doesn't escape (!), just cut a square of paper that's a little bigger than the opening of the jar.
Wrap it over the top of the jar with your hands..
...and secure it in place with an elastic band.

How about different colours and poses?

Here's a blue one...
And this one's escaping!

Try it yourself.