Queen Elizabeth the First Model

Teach children about history through this artistic project that focuses on one of England’s most famous monarchs – Queen Elizabeth the First. Ideal as a stand-alone project backed up by historical facts such as her family tree and predecessors, it’s also a good activity to undertake if they’ve already been learning about Henry VIII. Cutting the pieces and assembling the model will help with co-ordination skills, and you can extend the project to create models of other monarchs and members of the royal family.

Skill Level

Advanced

Time to Make

1 hour

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Using the templates provided, cut out an outer skirt piece and a bodice piece from black foam. Secure the bodice to the top of the skirt, overlapping it slightly, with glue dots. Use the picture as a guide if you are unsure of the positioning.
  2. Next, cut out an under skirt piece from gold card. Line this up beneath the black foam skirt piece, so that the edges match and the gold card fills the aperture in the black piece. Secure with glue dots.
  3. Cut out the two sleeve pieces also from gold card and two hand pieces from pink paper – or you can cut them out from white paper and paint a pale pink colour. Affix a hand piece to each sleeve piece, so it is peeking out beneath the cuff, using glue dots.
  4. Attach each sleeve with the straight edge facing inwards, and the curved edge facing outwards. Line up the shoulder of the sleeve so it overlaps the shoulder of the black bodice piece and line up the cuff of the sleeve so that it rests on the black outer skirt, as shown. Stick the sleeve down at both ends with glue dots.
  5. To make the ruff, cut out the ruff piece using the template provided. Fold it in half to cut out the circular aperture from the middle more easily. Leave the half-folded circle as it is once the middle has been cut away.
  6. Now fold the ruff into a concertina. Cut a diamond, teardrop or oval into each fold, taking care not to cut too far into the paper or you’ll cut through the ruff.
  7. Once you’ve done this all the way around, unfold it and you should have a complete circle, with a circular aperture cut from the middle, and a pattern of diamonds and ovals all around it to create the appearance of a lacy ruff.
  8. Fold the ruff back in half so you have a semi-circle shape, making sure to line up the cut-out patterns on both sides. Glue to the top of the bodice, in the scooped-out neckline, using the picture as a guide.
  9. Cut out a circular face piece and trim to ensure it fits within the aperture of the ruff – see the picture for guidance. Either cut it out from pale pink paper or use white paper and colour pink with paint or pens.
  10. Secure the face over the ruff, so it sits on top of it and the ruff creates the appearance of a frilly collar. Cut out two small semi-circles from orange card and overlap around the top of the head to create the appearance of an elaborate double-bun hair style.
  11. Glue the hair pieces together, with one overlapping the other, then secure to the top of the face, as shown. Add wiggle eyes, then draw on a little pink mouth.
  12. To finish, add a strip of silver self-adhesive gems in a curve across the middle of the hair, to represent a crown. Stick a three orange gems to the front of the bodice for buttons. Take a strip of red self-adhesive gems and stick them to the inner-outline of the black skirt, where it overlaps the gold. Do this again on the other side.

Top Tip

Try using self-adhesive foam sheets for the main bodice and skirt pieces, then backing the doll with card once all the pieces have been assembled. This is quicker for smaller children and will also reinforce the model.

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