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DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Uncle Sam Doorknob Hanger
Young children can easily make this cut and paste craft, but even pre-teens through adults will enjoy creating this cute doorknob hanger.
There's also a small hanger template for those who prefer a quicker craft -- this won't fit around a doorknob, but can hang on a drawer knob, closet knob, pushpin or the refrigerator.
For a slightly more complicated doorknob hanger, check out our USA doorknob hanger instructions.
- glue or scotch tape.
- Printer and paper
- something to color with (if making the B&W paper version)
Instructions - paper version:
- Print out the craft template.
- Color the craft pieces if using the black and white version of the template.
- Cut out the template pieces.
- Glue the doorknob hanger together as follows:
- Glue the arms on either side of the large body shape
- Glue the face onto the body
- Glue the hat onto the face
- Glue the feet onto the body
- Glue the belt onto the body
- Glue the white star onto the center of the belt
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Full sized Doorknob Hanger
Who's Uncle Sam?
OK, before you start reading this... Keep in mind (once again) that we're Canadian, so don't be too hard on me for not knowing all this off-hand -- what would you do if your kids started grilling you about John A. MacDonald? *grin*
While we were making this craft, Tasha (Age 6) asked, "Who's Uncle Sam".
I tentatively replied, "He's a United States guy... I think he's supposed to be George Washington."
To which Tasha swiftly replied, "Then why don't they call him Uncle George?"
"Um, yes, I guess that doesn't make much sense. He must be someone else..."
And then poor mommy continued to be put in the hot seat trying desperately to explain who George Washington is -- how, when and why he died, what happens to people when they die, what the United States is and why we aren't all just in one country when we all watch the same TV shows.
Don't you wish we could keep them Age 2! The hardest question Kaitlyn asks is "what's dat"... The answer is usually "a dog" though once it was "a cow on roller skates" -- er, yet another long story...
Anyways, after the conversation with Tasha, I decided I'd better figure out exactly who Uncle Sam is before I post his craft. Here's what I discovered:
Samuel Wilson or "Uncle Sam" (1766-1854) became famous for his meat packing company in Troy, NY which supplied meat to the army during the War of 1812 (sometimes known as the Second War of Independence). He stamped his barrels with "US" for United States, but people began to joke "That's Uncle Sam!"