Do It Yourself (DIY) Puppet Projects
Do It Yourself (DIY) Puppet Projects are for the Family or the Classroom teacher looking for a fun puppet project. Puppets can be made from items found around your house or inexpensively at a local craft supplies store. Promote creativity, imagination and story-telling while bringing the family closer together.
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Cat and mouse ‘stuffie’ puppets are easy to make but can be embellished with all sorts of of trim. Our project plan includes practice in sewing a simple running stitch but you could add embroidery as well.
Do you know any other famous cat and mouse characters?
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More DIY Puppet Projects are below, with varying difficulty:
C-D Elephant & Paper Cup Squirrel Puppets
These DIYs were created specifically for Earth Day. Earth Day is a great reminder of the things we should be striving to do every day, to take better care of our planet. Up-cycling creatively, is one way WP Puppet Theatre celebrates Mother Earth year-round. These DIYs can be made from repurposed items. Read more about Earth Day and how WPTS reuses items in our blog.
My Brilliant Puppet
What do you do with an idea that might be different, daring or just a little bit wild? Do you hide it, ignore it or pretend it is not yours? Or do you let it grow into something wonderful? This story and puppet making project, is for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a bit too crazy!
What Do You Do with An Idea? By Kobi Yamada & Mae Besom.
Lesson plan and classroom power point for just $2.70 CAN: Teachers Pay Teachers link
Jumping People Puppets
Inspired by the Caldicott winning book “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, which in 1962, broke the colour barrier in children’s literature with its success. Keats believed that all children should be able to see themselves in books they love. Engaging and honouring children’s imagination. After making your puppet animate it to express your reactions to winter and snow, because everyone has an opinion! Watch the “Snowy Day”
How is it that one winter glove always goes missing? Make the most of the glove that remains! This DIY project is easy for young children to create and allows older children, teens and adults to take the project further in the design, adding details, and in performing.
What will you do with your new home-made puppet?
Perhaps an act of kindness?
Lesson plan and classroom power point for just $2.70 CAN: Teachers Pay Teachers
DIY Dog-ish Puppet
This puppet is made out of paper, fluff and a black pompom. It’s sort of dog-ish, which reminds me of Peter Reynolds wonderful book “Ish”. Sometimes puppets take over their own making and it’s best not to worry too much about it. After all, a puppet is just a symbol of an idea. https://www.peterhreynolds.com/
DIY Spoon Puppet
Wooden spoons, forks, ladles, potato mashers – no utensil is safe! I love this puppet of Joseph’s Mom on a bad hair day! Note even her pearl necklace. It’s a copy of a puppet made by a young boy from a big family. Made so he could have her companionship while she was so busy. If you’re missing your community, in this time of distancing, make puppets of everyone! (Wink-wink – you get to decide what they say to each other!)
Is it a little quiet around the house? How about a puppet that makes its own noise? Take any container, fill it with anything and decorate! Now you can have your own Tintamarre! A very loud Acadian tradition. Check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintamarre
Puppets from objects can inspire lots of fun when you act out their characters. Exactly what would a pepper shaker want to say? What could it think about the people at the dining room table? Does it enjoy its job? Would it rather be a different condiment? What would happen if it was allergic to pepper? No object will be safe in your house once you start puppetizing them!
DIY Pulp Paper Bear
Do you know that cheap construction paper that’s lingering in the back of the cupboard? Or old artsy projects? It would be great for some pulp paper mask – body puppets.
DIY Nature Puppet
Get some fresh air and sunshine! Enjoy your walk and look out for interesting twigs, sticks, maybe a pinecone (BUT please don’t break them off the trees) Turn your natural treasure into a puppet with a bit of paint, some feathers, chenille stems and other natural items. Decide on a character and tell its story. Check out the whimsical puppets of Basil Milovsoroff
DIY Eyeball Glove Puppet
Lost a glove this winter? Give the remaining glove a job! Hot glue on some ping-pong ball eyes or big pompoms, add some hair and maybe a nose. And then you’re ready to talk! (Hint – stretch the glove with a cardboard insert when you glue on the eyes so they are spaced nicely together)