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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Puppet

Making crafts with popsicle sticks is something my kids have always loved doing, but the projects that are always the biggest hits in our house are usually the ones that result in some kind of toy or thing that they can keep playing with when they’re done making it. It’s double the fun for them but it keeps them busy on rainy days double the time for me! That’s how we found ourselves thinking about how we might help our kids make some kind of adorable popsicle stick puppet.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet

How to make a popsicle stick puppet for kids

If the idea sounds just as intriguing to you as it did to us, here’s a full outline of our steps! You’ll also find a video tutorial at the end as well, just in case you’d rather learn a new project that way instead.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Black and red markers
  • Cardboard
  • Black and light pink paper
  • Googly eyes

Kids insipired how to make a popsicle stick puppet

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

How to make a popsicle stick puppet materials

Step 2:

Cut your popsicle sticks to length! You’ll keep two of them whole, cut one in half to make your puppet’s arms, and cut the ends off the last one about an inch from the end to make your shortest piece, which will be your puppet’s feet showing from beneath her dress. The middle of the stick you’ve just cut the ends off to make the feet will make the bottom hem of the dress.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet prepare

Step 3:

Add colour to your popsicle sticks! I chose to leave my puppet’s arms the way they were, using the light wood as a base tone for the puppet’s skin. I painted the full sticks and the middle section that make up the dress red. Finally, I painted the rounded tips of the short foot pieces black, leaving some of the natural wood to look like legs above the little black shoes.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet add colour

Step 4:

Start gluing the sticks together to form your puppet! I started with the dress. Apply glue to the front side of one end on one of your full red sticks. At a 45 degree angle, press the back side of the other full red stick into the glue to make an upside down V-shape. Hold the ends together until the glue has dried enough for them to stay in place. I measured the width of my V by making sure the loose ends lined up with the ends of the bottom hem piece.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet glue

Step 5:

Apply glue to the ends of your bottom hem piece, on the red side. Press the ends of the upside down V-shape into the glue, one at each end of the hem piece. Next, apply glue to the top cut ends of the smaller foot pieces you painted earlier, on the front side above where you painted the shoes. Press the back of the hem piece into that glue so the feet look like they’re peeking out the bottom of your dress.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet legs

Step 6:

Attach your arms! Apply glue on the blunt ends where you cut the stick in half to make the arms. Press that side into the backs of the upside down V, near the top where the shape tapers to a point.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet back

Step 7:

Position your caliper points about half an inch apart from each other and use that dimension to draw a circle on your cream coloured page. This will be your puppet’s face.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet circle

Step 8:

Hand draw the shape of pigtails onto your black paper. I did my sketch in pencil so that it actually showed up on the black page for me to see. I made sure to trace the hairline of the hair around the circle that made up my puppet’s head, just to make sure it fit on properly. Next, cut two very small circles from red paper. You’ll place these at the base of the pigtails like hair ties.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet stencil

 Step 9:

Cut out all of your paper features, including the head, the hair, and the little red hair ties.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet glue hair and eye

Step 10:

Glue all of your paper features together! I glued the hair to the top of the head first and then glued the hair tie details onto the base of the pigtails.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet press

Step 11:

Finish your puppet’s face. I glued the googly eyes on where I wanted them to sit first and then used a black marker to add a nose and a red marker to draw a simple, happy smile on just below that.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet draw

Step 12:

Place your puppet on top of your patterned paper and use a pencil to carefully trace the inside shape onto the page. This will give you a triangle outline that perfectly fills the empty centre of your puppet’s dress. Once you’re done tracing, move the puppet and cut the triangle out.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet pick

Step 13:

Apply glue all around the edges of your patterned paper triangle. Flip your puppet over and press the edges down onto the wood of the popsicle stick triangle that makes up your dress.

How to make a popsicle stick puppet dress

Turn the puppet back over and you’re all done! Your kids can use the puppet the way she is like a doll, or you can glue her to the end of an extra popsicle stick so she can be moved around like a classic stick puppet. Either way, she’s adorable!

How to make a popsicle stick puppet kids craft

How to make a popsicle stick puppet simple diy

Just in case you’d like to try this project out as well, here’s an awesome tutorial video to give you a hand!

How to make a popsicle stick puppet craft