How to make giraffe & chicken sock hand puppets

Updated February 21, 2017

Recycle old socks into sock puppets. Consider making giraffe and chicken puppets for children to play with. The sock puppets can be made for story time or a puppet show. Children can help cut out the pieces and assemble the puppets. Once they learn how simple and fun sock puppets are to make, children can recycle old socks into a variety of sock puppet people or animals.

Cut the pipe cleaner into two 1-inch pieces and two 2-inch pieces. Fold the 2-inch pieces in half. Glue the craft fluffs to one end of the 1-inch pipe cleaners. The 2-inch pieces are the ears, and the 1-inch pieces are the horns.

Open the paints. Put a generous amount of each onto a paper plate.

Slide the sock onto your hand. The thumb should be placed in the heel. Your fingers should be in the toe of the sock.

Paint brown spots onto the sock. The spots should cover the entire sock. Then, paint two small black holes on the front of the toe section for the nose.

Glue the ears, horns and eyes onto the puppet. The ears should be on the outside of the top of the head and the horns in the centre.

Fold a piece of orange felt in half. Cut out a triangle using the fold as the base of the triangle. This will be the chicken's beak. The beak should be no more than 1 inch long from base to point. Then, cut across the fold.

Place the red felt flat on your work surface. Draw a heart on the felt. The felt should be at least 1 inch in diameter.

Place another piece of red felt flat on your work surface. It's time to make the chicken's comb. This is the part of the chicken that is on the top centre of the chicken's head. Sketch the outline of the comb onto the felt. The base of the comb should be 1 inch. From there, draw straight up on both sides for about 1/2 to 3/4 inch. Draw three humps from the top of one of the side lines to the other. Cut out the comb.

Put the sock onto your hand. The thumb should go into the heel and the fingers into the toes. Mark with the pencil where to glue the pieces together. The comb will be placed horizontal to your hand on the top, centre of the sock. Then, mark the centre of the toe section. This is where the top of the beak will go. Mark directly underneath the thumb for the bottom of the beak. Glue the pieces into place. Glue the point of the woddle underneath the bottom beak.

Glue the eyes to the top of the sock between the comb and the beak.


If allowing children to help assemble the puppets, consider using craft glue instead of hot glue, which may get too hot for children to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Giraffe Sock Puppet:
  • Wire cutters
  • 1 brown pipe cleaner
  • Ruler
  • 2 craft fluffs
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paper plate
  • Paint brush
  • Tan sock
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Chicken Sock Puppet:
  • Scissors
  • Orange craft felt
  • Red craft felt
  • Pencil
  • White sock
  • 2 googly eyes
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Meredith Burgio began writing professionally in 2010. She has written for "VOX" magazine, "RELEVANT Magazine" and "Jefferson City Magazine." Burgio has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.