This is a simple sitting figure that requires very little in the way of tools. You can customise the little fellow however you want by changing his hairstyle or the colour of his clothes to resemble those of the recipient.
You will need:
Begin with the man’s legs, roll 30g (1oz) of light brown sugarpaste into a sausage then bend it into a “U” shape. Slice a little off the end of each leg.
Mould 30g (1oz) green sugarpaste into a cone shape for the man’s body. Using a soft paintbrush, dab a little water onto the trousers and stick the body in place.
Stick a thick disc of green sugarpaste onto the body to create the jumper’s collar. Using the BACK of your knife, press vertical lines around the collar.
To provide a little added support poke a section of uncooked spaghetti down through the body. Leave about 2cm (1in) protruding to slot the head onto.
Roll about 15g (1/2oz) flesh coloured sugarpaste into a thick disc for the head. Dab a little water onto the neck and stick the head onto the body.
Poke the edge of a piping nozzle into the lower part of the face to create the mouth.
Dip the tip of a cocktail stick into a little black food paste and make two dots for eyes.
To make the hair, thinly roll out about 5g (1/8 oz) brown sugarpaste. Press lines down the length of the paste using the back of your knife.
Cut an eye shape out of the brown sugarpaste
Lay and stick the hair over the head and press a line with the back of your knife on one side of his head to create a parting.
Stick two tiny flesh coloured ball shapes either side of the head to create the ears. Stick a third tiny ball on the face for his nose. Use the end of a paintbrush to gently push a small hollow into each ear.
To make the arms, roll about 15g (1/2oz) green sugarpaste into a sausage and cut this in half. Make two small flesh coloured sugarpaste discs for the hands.
Stick the two arms against the body. The rounded ends should form the shoulders. Stick a hand on the end of each arm.
To finish divide 5g (1/8 oz) brown sugarpaste in half and roll into two flat oval shapes for his feet. Stick one on the end of either trouser leg.