Chinese New Year 2022

Silhouette

We’re making a Hitty Pull-toy to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Tiger…by first cutting a tiger silhouette out of some stiff card…

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Tracing

…and tracing the shape onto a scrap of wood.  We had some .8 cm x 12.5cm x 3.7 cmx (1/4 x 5 inches x 1 1/2 inch) cedar scraps, so that’s what we used.

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Cutting away excess

We cut away excess bits with a miter box…

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Wheels

…also cut thin rounds off of a  1 cm dowel for wheels.

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Carving shape

A little more shaping with a whittling knife and we ended up with….

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Rabbit

…a rabbit.  Ooops!  We had to carve more and use some sandpaper to get a more feline shape! Meanwhile we also cut a platform 4.5 cm x 2 cm, and acquired some map pins to stick the wheels on with (helpful husband snipped the tips off some bent quilting pins). We drilled holes through the wheels slightly wider in diameter than the pins…

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angled hole

…and also drilled an angled hole in the platform from the centre of the front edge about 45 degrees down through the bottom of the platform, which will be the hole to thread the pulling string through.

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Fierce

A bit more carving helped the tiger look a bit more fierce….

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Painted Tiger

…and painting helped!!

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platform and wheels painted

We painted the platform a cheerful red, and the wheels a jolly gold with red rims….

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Pull Toy

With the wheels pinned in place and a string threaded through the front hole Arianell has a sweet tiger pull-toy!

Happy Year of the Tiger!

Happy Year of the Tiger!

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Thanks to our Hitty friend Margie for her encouragement.  I adapted her instructions to suit the materials I had at hand.

29 thoughts on “Chinese New Year 2022

  1. Oh! How very delightful your tiger pull-toy turned out. What a splendid way to bring in the new Chinese year. I am always grateful to read your tutorials on how to do things. Ah, you help things to become so manageable! Love it!

    • The poor thing hasn’t quite got over the ignominy of resembling a rabbit, and is feeling permanently fierce about that…and Arianell loves her celebration dress, made from a scrap from my late Mother-in-law.

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