When I’m crafting with my kids, which happens a lot, I often find that the most successful projects we do are the ones that are somehow interactive. By that, I mean that my kids love making thing they can actually use or play with when they’re all finished. It’s like they’re getting two awesome things for the price of one; a great craft that keeps them busy for a while and something fun to play with after, keeping them busy even longer! I love the concept too because I’m always glad to see them entertained. That’s how I came up with the idea of teaching them how to make puppets. They’re getting a little older now and have been feeling up to more of a challenge, though, so I opted to figure out a sort of kid-friendly marionette craft that they can actually move and work just like the classic toy while still being able to make the whole thing themselves without too much help.
The kids were so in love with their 3D puppets that I just couldn’t help wanting to share the process far and wide! Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- White paper
- A black marker
- A wooden kebab skewer
- Two googly eyes
- Red paper
- Hot glue
- Scissors (regular and curved nail scissors)
- Black pipe cleaner (two regular and one puffy)
Gather your materials!
Cut your wooden kebab skewer in half at its centre. Cross these two new halves over each other in an X shape and use your hot glue gun to stick them together at their own centre pointes. This will be the handle of your puppet and how you make it move! Set it aside for now.
Turn your piece of white paper landscape or horizontally and cut it in half. Set one half aside and then cut the second half in two pieces horizontally about a third of the way way the top. You now have a large rectangle, a smaller rectangle, and a square. Take your larger rectangle and fold it in half long ways. Use your scissors to cut out the shape of a puppy dog’s ear, rounding off the corners and straight edges. I made mind kind of like a long and slightly wider egg shape. When you’re done, you’ll have two ears because of how your paper was layered from folding it. Set your dog’s ears aside.