How to Create a Finger Puppet

Written by nicole schmoll
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Finger puppets are easy-to-make crafts that provide hours of entertainment for young children. You can purchase elaborate finger puppets that look like detailed animals, trees, letters, numbers or people, or you can create your own out of simple knit gloves that get the job done. After making your own finger puppets, buy or create a finger puppet stage out of cardboard and red velvet for your children to perform finger puppet stage shows.

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Things you need

  • Knit glove (in any colour)
  • Scissors
  • Thread and sewing needle (optional)
  • Glue
  • 1/8-yard felt (various colours)
  • Yarn (various colours)
  • Eye buttons and beads

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    Cut the tips, or top 2 to 3 inches, off the fingers of a knit glove with a pair of scissors. Use any colour glove you like, just understand that whatever colour you choose will form the base for your finger puppet. Consider using an orange glove for a tiger finger puppet, blue for a whale, grey for a dolphin, beige for a person, green for a tree and so forth.

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    Sew the ends of the finger tips with a thread and needle to prevent the ends from fraying and to make your finger puppets last longer. Fold the bottom in 1/4-inch and sew a single seam around the entire bottom edge of the finger puppet. Alternatively, you can fold the end under 1/4-inch and glue it to the inside of the finger puppet.

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    Decorate your finger puppet with felt and yarn. Use yarn for hair, animal stripes, a lion's mane or tails. Cut clothes such as dresses, shirts and trousers out of different colours of felt and glue them to the bottom 2/3 of the front of the finger puppet. Use google eye decals and beads to further decorate your puppet. Secure all decorations to the puppet with glue.

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    Allow the finger puppet to rest and dry for about an hour before playing with it. While one dries, create another one and hold a finger puppet play with friends and family.

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