How To Make A Puppet - Fun Crafternoons With Robbie, Kylie And Dean

Making new friends is always fun! Join Robbie, Kylie and Dean this Crafternoon and learn how to make your very own puppet friend with socks, paper, and a few other found objects.

🧦🤭 To make your sock puppet, you'll need:

  • one of Dad's old socks

  • cardboard

  • crepe paper

  • a balloon

  • packing foam

  • a pom-pom

  • 2 googly eyes

🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️ To make your Giggle object puppet, you'll need:

  • a sheet of coloured paper

  • an outline of Giggle

  • a pencil

  • some Textas

  • 2 googly eyes

  • 2 paddle pop sticks

  • 2 teabags

  • 2 toilet rolls

  • 2 pom-poms

  • some string

✂️🧻 Let's put it all together and bring your puppet to life with:

  • a pair of scissors

  • sticky tape

  • a glue stick

  • a hot glue gun if you have one (you'll need a grown-up to help you with this one!)

We're waiting to see photos of your new friends - please send them in! Then, maybe you can throw an online puppet dance party with your friends. 👀

Let's boogie. 🕺💃😎

Here are the instructions! 🤗

🧦🤭 How to make a SOCK PUPPET:

  1. Creating the mouth plates – Draw two oval shapes on your cardboard for the bottom and top of your sock puppet’s mouth. It’s a good idea to put your hand into the sock before you do this to work out how long/short you’d like your puppet’s mouth to be. You’ll want the bottom plate to be shorter than the top, as this will be where you thumb sits. Cut out the ovals and use the glue stick to attach the crepe paper to the cardboard

  2. Attaching the mouth plates – Using the hot glue gun (make sure you have a guardian helping you!), attach the mouth plates to your sock. It’s a good idea to have your hand in the sock already so that you can position the plates correctly. Hold those in place for a minute, or until they’ve stuck to the sock

  3. Attaching the tongue – Using the hot glue gun, put a small amount of glue on one side of the balloon. Attach it to the bottom mouth plate

  4. Attaching the eyes – Using the hot glue gun, put a small amount of glue on the bottom of the googly eyes. With your hand in the sock, attach the eyes to the sock puppet – roughly where your knuckles are resting

  5. Attaching the nose – Using the hot glue gun, put a small amount of glue on the pom-pom and attach it to your sock puppet

  6. Attaching the teeth – Using the hot glue gun, put a small amount of glue on one end of two pieces of packing foam. Attach these to the top mouth plate of your sock puppet

🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️ How to make an OBJECT PUPPET:

  1. Making the Giggle face – Using an outline of Giggle and your coloured paper, draw an outline in pencil of Giggle’s face. Once finished, draw over this in black Texta and then use coloured Textas to colour in his nose and tongue. Cut out your newly drawn Giggle face

  2. Making the body Using sticky tape, connect the two toilet rolls to form a long cylinder. Measure your cylinder against the blue coloured paper to see how much will be needed to cover the body. Then, use your scissors to cut the coloured paper. Use your glue stick and sticky tape to attach it to the body

  3. Attaching the head Using sticky tape and a short rectangular piece of cardboard, attach Giggle’s head to the front of the cylinder. The piece of cardboard can be attached behind the head at the bottom, partway down the cylinder. This will reinforce the head so that it doesn’t fall off

  4. Attaching the hands and arms – Position your popsicle sticks where you’d like the arms to go. Using your scissors, make two holes in the body to slide Giggle’s arms into. Using the hot glue gun, attach the pom-poms onto the ends of the popsicle sticks for Giggle’s hands

  5. Attaching the control You’ll need a 'control' for your object puppet, which is what you hold onto when you want to move Giggle. Make a hole at the back of Giggle and insert another piece of cardboard (or extra popsicle stick) that’s long enough for you to hold

  6. Attaching the feet Put some sticky tape onto the top of the teabags and attach them inside the bottom of the cylinder. The higher you put them, the shorter the legs will be, so you can play with how tall you’d like Giggle to be!

Your puppet friends are ready to dance! 🙌