An astronaut puppet is a fun toy for plays, children's events or learning about space. Children and adults can make this craft alone or together. Make the puppet from paper to form a temporary puppet or from felt to make a puppet that will last a little longer. Wear this puppet over your hand to entertain children for hours.
Fold one piece of paper in half width-wise. Draw a tombstone shape on the folded paper with a pencil. Cut out the design.
Glue the top and side edges of the paper together with craft glue, leaving the bottom open. Allow the glue to dry overnight or for at least two hours.
Cut a rectangle from cardstock about 5 inches long and 4 inches high for the astronaut's face plate. Cut out the inside of the rectangle, leaving a ½ inch thick rectangle border. Coat both sides of the rectangle with glue. Glue aluminium foil over the paper. Glue the paper side of the face plate to one side of the puppet.
Draw a face inside the face plate. You can also use a photo or other picture instead.
Make a second rectangle the same size as the first. Cover this in foil as well. Write the word "Oxygen" in the middle of the rectangle with permanent marker. Glue the rectangle to the back of the astronaut.
Cut an 18 inch by 2 inch strip from grey paper. Make a series of folds in the paper to pleat it like an accordion. Glue one end of the accordion to the top of the face plate and the other side to the oxygen tank.
Glue two bottle caps to either side of the astronaut helmet with a hot glue gun. Allow all glue to dry before slipping the puppet on your hand.
Things you need
- White cardstock or felt
- Craft glue
- Aluminium foil
- Permanent marker
- Grey paper
- 2 bottle caps
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks