Puppet Crafts for Kids

How to Make Your Own Puppets

Children playing with puppets
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Puppets are a great tool everyone can use to stretch their imagination. Puppets can be made using any supplies you like. You can experiment with socks, gloves, household packages, and just about anything else. If you want to be one of the first to know when new craft projects are posted, take a few moments to sign up for the Family Crafts Newsletter.

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    Bug Finger Puppet

    Bug Finger Puppet Craft

    Learn how you can make an assortment of finger puppets that look like cute bugs. Of course, you can also make scary looking bugs or ugly bugs if you like.

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    CD Daisy Puppet

    CD Daisy Puppet Craft

    You can recycle a cd, a paper plate, and a sock to create fun and unique flower puppets.

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    Duck Finger Puppet

    Duck Finger Puppet Craft

    Follow these directions, and you can craft a duck finger puppet using an empty film container or pill bottle.

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    Elephant Puppet

    Elephant Puppet Craft

    Grab a paper plate, some gray paper, and some gray paint, and you can make one of these cute elephant face puppets.

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    Lion Finger Puppet

    Lion Finger Puppet Craft

    This tutorial shows you how to craft a lion out of pom-poms and chenille stems. Make a cute lion finger puppet, and then you can try making different animals.

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    Finger Puppet People

    Finger Puppet People Craft

    Like the duck finger puppet above, this person finger puppet is made using a pill bottle or film container.

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    Finger Puppet Theater

    Finger Puppet Theater

    This video shows you how to make a miniature puppet theater out of a picture frame.

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    How to Make a Marionette

    How to Make a Marionette

    This how-to video will teach you how to turn an ordinary doll or stuffed animal into a fancy marionette.

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    Make a Puppet Theater

    Make a Puppet Theater

    Learn how to make a large puppet theater out of a cardboard box by watching this craft video.

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    How to Make Felt Finger Puppets

    Felt Finger Puppets

    Watch this video and discover how you can make different finger puppets using felt.

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    Sea Monster Glove Puppet

    Sea Monster Glove Puppet

    A visitor named Kathryn shares directions for crafting a puppet out of an old glove.

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    Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Craft

    All you need to make this fun puppet is a clean sock, some glue, and a handful of craft supplies. For this puppet, I used yarn, wiggle eyes, a chenille stem, a pom-pom, and some felt. The pick cheeks were made using a little bit of chalk.