Whether you're a teacher looking to introduce your class to different cultures, or a parent who wants to broaden your child's understanding of the world, no project about the Netherlands would be complete without mentioning the Dutch clog. Made entirely of wood, this traditional workers' shoe has been a feature of Dutch culture for over 850 years. These clogs are designed to look like the traditional wooden clog, but are made of card or thick paper.
Make a pattern for your clogs from newspaper. Use the Heleen van Rossum template to help you (see Resources). Enlarge this by 200 percent to fit shoe size 4.5 and experiment for larger or smaller sizes. Don't worry about being precise, as the clogs will be held in place with elastic and are supposed to look quite chunky. Cut out the template with scissors.
Select a sheet of card in your chosen colour. Trace your template onto the card and cut out twice. Use the same template for the left and right clog.
Staple the back ends (short ends) together. This will form the heel area of the clog.
Fold the tip of each clog to form the pointed front end. Secure with tape.
Make a small hole on each side of the clog with the point of your scissors, in the approximate position shown on the template. Insert a piece of elastic through one hole and secure with a knot. Pull the elastic across the shoe to the other hole. The elastic will eventually fit under the heel of the child's shoe, so make it sufficiently tight. Push the elastic through the second hole and secure with a knot. Repeat for the second clog.
Take off your child's shoes. Place one paper clog on each foot, pulling them above the ankle. Have the child put his or her shoes back on. Now push the paper clogs gently down to cover the shoes.
Secure each clog in place by pulling the elastic under the heel of the shoe.
Decorate your clog with traditional patterns using coloured pens, pencils and cut-out shapes.
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- Decorate your clog with traditional patterns using coloured pens, pencils and cut-out shapes.