In our house, the kids are most likely to be found outside, running around in the back yard and jumping off anything they can climb. They’re active kids who love to enjoy a nice, warm day! If there’s one thing our kids adore doing the most on a cold or rainy day, however, it’s crafting! Making something new and learning new crafting techniques keeps them busy when the weather won’t cooperate and they have to take a break from the great outdoors. We always find, however, that some crafts make for especially great “crafternoons” because they keep the kids a little more amused for a little longer than other things do. DIY puppets are the perfect example of what we mean! Not only can our kids make something from scratch and get hands-on, but they can also spend hours playing with the craft afterwards! There’s just something so satisfying about making a new toy and then continuing to use it later rather than just hanging it on the wall and being done with it.
That’s why we’ve been on the hunt for great puppet craft ideas and tutorials! Just in case your kids love toy crafts and puppets as much as we do, here are 15 of the best ideas we’ve come across so far.
1. Popsicle stick and foam puppets with a puppet theatre
Are your kids always making up little characters, giving themselves new names, and acting out scenes whether they have a toy in their hand or not? Then we think perhaps we’ve found a great crafting idea for you, especially if your little ones really like the idea of making something entirely themselves rather than letting you do most of it. Crafts Unleashed suggests using bit popsicles sticks (or wooden cutlery) as a puppet base and then getting crafting with foam paper and googly eyes to give your puppet clothes and features. You can even add hair made of yarn!
2. Cut foam and sock puppets
Perhaps your kids have long been fans of TV shows that use puppets in their scenes and skits, and they’re the kind of crafty children who love trying to make and recreate the DIY projects they see around them? Then maybe this more in depth tutorial is for you! Rather than just making a flat character puppet, Ana DIY guides you through the super fun process of creating puppets out of foam! We love the way they also use foam for the eyes, ears, and nose but then use socks to make the body. This lets your hand slide in easily, helps the puppet stay on your arm, and, depending on the sock you choose, makes it look like your puppet is wearing a nice patterned shirt!
3. Adorable felt animal finger puppets
If you ask us, the best classic puppets have always been finger puppets! There’s just something adorable about making the little people or animals you can make dance around on the tips of your fingers. Our favourite thing to make fingers puppets out of is felt! Kristy Neale shows you how to make a whole series of cute little felt animals complete with features and little hearts just by cutting and layering the felt. It’s much easier to make these little cuties than you might think!
4. Pasta box monster puppets
As cute as little animals and people are, do you have a feeling that your kids would much prefer to make something a little wilder and more creative? In that case, we definitely think you should give these hilarious monster puppets a try! We like that they’re a little bit bigger, so our kids don’t have to worry so much about finer details and finicky little pieces while they’re crafting. Check out how these monsters featured on Pinterest were made out of empty pasta boxes!