By Kid’s Craft Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.
The other day, out of nowhere, my oldest daughter told me she wanted to make sock puppets. I figure she must have seen them on TV or something because I had never mentioned them to her. But no matter, she wanted to make them and I am pretty much up for any craft my big girl wants to make (mostly because it means I did not have to come up with the idea myself).
We did, however, have to wait a couple of days for me to get to the store and buy some white socks. I really did not want to use a stinky pair of my husbands and the ones he uses have markings on the feet anyway, which would have gotten in the way of our cute puppets. I had to go buy a few pairs for this project. All the other supplies I pretty much had in my craft stash already.
This was my first time making sock puppets since I was a kid. When I talked to my daughter about what she wanted to make, she said a cat and a dog so that is what we did. I did, however, make my little one’s puppet into a snake because it was easier and she was not sitting still for the gluing process, so it had to be quick.
I glued everything onto the socks while on our hands it made it much easier to figure out where everything should go. The socks were thick enough to keep the heat off our hands so no worries about burning the kids here. I also cut out all the ears and tongues for the girls out of the felt paper. No pattern needed here, just free hand it. They don’t have to be perfect.
Feel free to get creative and make any other animals you want. You can even use yarn for hair and make people puppets. Your imaginations can run wild with this project. And although you don’t need to color the socks at all, I let the girls color and them before we glued our faces on. That way, they could let their creative juices flow.
Read the Full How-to After the Jump…
To make a cat or dog puppet, cut out your ears and tongue from the felt paper. Lay them out with the rest of your face so you know where to glue everything on your sock.
Before you glue anything onto your sock, make sure you color it if you choose to use your markers.
Then, put your sock on so you know where the mouth will be and start by gluing your eyes and nose, then ears, and finally the tongue.
If making a cat (like below), cut your pipe cleaners in half then glue them on the sock by your nose.
If making a snake, all you will need is the googly eyes and a felt tongue.
Once they are all put together, play and have fun with your new puppets!