The Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling's best-selling collection of children's books, has enchanted readers from all over the world with its good witches and dangerous warlocks, messenger owls and powerful spells. You can make charming felt finger puppets inspired by the characters in this award-winning series of books and film.
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Things you need
- Card stock
- Craft knife
- Sewing machine
- Hot glue
- Accents such as paper, buttons and googly eyes
Measure the length and width of your index finger. This will be the size of the body of your puppet. For most hands, a 2-inch high and 1-inch wide puppet will be a safe estimate. For a snugger fit, you can trace your individual finger onto a piece of felt to ensure it fits tightly around each finger. You may want to take into account the shape of the character. For example, a Hagrid-the-half-giant finger puppet should be quite a bit taller and wider than a Dobby-the-elf puppet.
Design a pattern for your finger puppet on a piece of card stock. This will allow you finalise the look of your character finger puppets before making cutting into the felt fabric. For example, you will want a card stock pattern piece of Harry's glasses, one for Dumbledore's beard or one for Professor McGonagall's hat. Cut out your pattern pieces with scissors or a craft knife.
Create the body for your finger puppets. Lay two pieces of felt over one another. Pin securely in place. Place your pattern pieces over the felt and trace out the shape.
Sew along your traced lines, leaving the bottom of the finger puppet open. Cut off excess material and turn inside out. To have the felt lay flat, you can press it with a heavy book for several minutes. Otherwise, you can now put it on your finger and check for fit.
Add details to your character with felt, paper, "googly" eyes or glitter. Hot glue will hold these accent pieces in place. Think about the most notable feature of each character to personalise the puppets, such as Ron's red hair or Snape's dark cape. Use other small pieces for puppet accessories. For example, you may want to cut a toothpick in half to represent a wand for your characters to hold.
Tips and warnings
- Instead of sewing the puppets, glue them together with a hot glue gun.
- Use a Popsicle stick to prop up your finger puppets while decorating.
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