I made my first and only Guy when I was around 9 years old, and ever since I have wanted to make another one. When I say ‘I made’, what I actually mean is that I watched my Dad make it. Skip ahead twenty years, a few jobs and country changes later, and I finally got the chance to make a Guy Fawkes with my charges during this half term.
We had been talking about our ‘Guy’ for a while. YC’s favourite book is all about bonfire night and why we celebrate it. We had long time to decide on what we wanted to do. YC said she wanted to make a Girl Guy, while EC wanted to make Batman. In the end we went with making trying to make one that looked like Guy Fawkes. This activity does take some preparation, but once you have collected everything you need it is very simple to make.
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To Make Your Own Guy Fawkes You Will Need:
- Old clothes
- Newspaper or straw
- Needle and thread (optional)
Start by stuffing your old clothes with either straw or newspaper. To stop the filling escaping, tie off the end of the ends of the legs and arms.
To secure the top and bottom together you could either stuff the top into the bottoms and secure with a belt/ tie/ scarf. Or you could stitch it together (which is what I did).
For the head either use a paper bag or cut two head shapes out of paper and glue the sides together. Then stuff the inside with more newspaper. To secure it to the rest of the guy take a long stick and place the head on top of it. Finally stick the rest of it down into the guy’s body.
If you’re going to burn your Guy on the bonfire, remember to explain to little ones the dangers of fire before letting them help. Remember to check your bonfire for any animals, especially Hedgehogs that could be hiding inside of it.
If you enjoyed this how to make your own Guy Fawkes guide be sure to check out my firework canister experiment.
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