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.
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
- Black and red markers
- Black and light pink paper
- Googly eyes
Gather your materials!
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.
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.