Easy DIY Puppets For Kids

Posted on November 8, 2014 in crafting/ Crafts/ DIY

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This morning the kids wanted to do some crafts so I decided to try to make something they can not only be proud of but actually play with! I wasn’t too sure where I was going with the idea I had but it turned out pretty cute! I checked on Pinterest and saw about 100 different ideas for Pipe cleaners and Popsicle sticks individually but didn’t see too many together. So I figured I would try my own thing!

I think they all turned out pretty darn cute!

All we needed was:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • White Crafting Glue
  • Pom poms
  • Googly Eyes
  • Crayons

We colored 1 popsicle stick a color we picked with a crayon. Took 1 pom pom and 1 pipe cleaner, placing the Pom Pom at the top of the popsicle stick we then wrapped the pipe cleaner around once at the top then at the back crossed over and wrapped the rest around the bottom of the pom to hold the head/pom in place.

Then the kids decided which size googly eyes they wanted and they glued them in place with the white glue (I may try again with a hot glue gun as it would probably work better)

We then did a few different things to them: Made hats, made a shell (Jayden made a Ninja Turtle), a pom pom nose for one and a sharpie we used to draw a circle mouth on two and finally we wrapped pipe cleaners around the middle and the bottom of the Popsicle stick to make arms and legs!

And then we were done!

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The kids absolutely loved making them. We let the glue dry on the eyes for a little bit and off they went to play with them! They’ve now been playing for a good half an hour taking turns putting on a puppet show and using their “Monsters” as they are calling them!

Adorable, Easy and very inexpensive. Everything we used I got at the dollar store for less than $6. I got a pack of popsicle sticks (100 for $1), a huge kit with Pom Poms, Googly Eyes and Pipe Cleaners for $3 and White Craft glue for $1.25. Crayons we already had around the house! Total spent? $5.25 plus tax! AWESOME! Can’t beat it and we have tons left over for other crafts or more easy puppets!

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55 Comments

  • Reply Nancy November 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Jeanine, these are so creative and super cute! The little blue guy looks like Grover from Sesame Street. Is he still on that show? And the green dude looks like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Whie the yellow one looks like he’s going for a workout with that headband on. Man, I’d have a time decorating these pipe cleaner things with your kids, haha!!

    • Reply Jeanine November 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Yes! I believe he still is on Sesame Street haha. I’m so glad you think the green one DOES look like a TMNT that’s what he really wanted :) it is a very fun task doing crafts with kiddos, I may be obsessed now!

  • Reply agatapokutycka November 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    These are really adorable, especially the pink one.
    Such a great idea!

  • Reply Yona Williams November 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    This is such a colorful and fun-looking craft for the kiddies. I wouldn’t mind doing this with my nephew. I’m sure he’d love to make a whole army of them.

  • Reply Amanda Love November 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    This is too cute and oh so easy. I may just give this a shot with my toddler. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Melissa Vera November 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I love that last-minute ideas using items that we already have on hand. Thank you for this cute craft. I love puppets.

  • Reply courtney November 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Omg these are so cute!!!! I should.make these with my princess lol… She would love it…

  • Reply Melissa Smith November 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    These are so cute! Not to mention perfect for days like today when it’s too cold to play outside.

  • Reply Andi November 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    So inventive! Fun to make and each one has its own personality! You could build whole little families to play with – love!

  • Reply Heather November 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    These are so cute! I bet you could even make little Santas and little elves.

  • Reply Debi November 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    These are adorable. I can see my daughter making these and playing with them all day.

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark November 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    These are absolutely adorable! There are so many possibilities for “characters!”

  • Reply Manu Kalia November 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Wow! That is so creative, my kid would love to make one of this.

  • Reply Coolchillmom November 8, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    These are do cute and creative. Love how you really worked in self esteem with this DIY

  • Reply Amanda mcmahon November 8, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Great craft! The price isn’t bad conside ring you have supplies for the future too.

  • Reply Kimberly Bergeron November 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

    These are great for my daughter to do as a babysitter. Passing your link on to her

  • Reply vidya sudarsan November 9, 2014 at 12:06 am

    These are adorable!! very cute! seems like a simple project too.. love it!

  • Reply aimee fauci November 9, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Love how simple of a project this is. The little blue bird.. my favorite looks like the character on Backyardigans.

  • Reply Juliana RW November 9, 2014 at 1:22 am

    You are so creative :D They are cute and easy to make.

  • Reply R U S S November 9, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Oh, these are just too cute and innovative. I’m doing a couple and will give them out to kids who will visit us for Christmas. I love they’re easy-to-do.

  • Reply Debbie L. November 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Oh these are really cute. I love to pretend with puppets. When Dawn was little we played with puppets all the time.

  • Reply Fi Ní Neachtáin November 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

    These are so sweet! I remember making things from pipe cleaners when I was in primary school. I must make these with my son :)

  • Reply Erica November 9, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Yes please. My 5 year old would absolutely love to do this. I might just have to head on over to Hobby Lobby when they open tomorrow. Thanks for the idea.

  • Reply Amber NElson November 9, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Oh man, these are just too cute. My little ones would love to make these!

  • Reply Dawn McAlexander November 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    These are too cute! That blue one reminds me of one of the muppets.

  • Reply Stephanie Pass November 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    This is so cute! My preschooler is going to love it. We’ll definitely be needing activities during the Thanksgiving and Xmas break.

  • Reply Delia @ Happy Blogger Plaza November 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Adorable ideas and also not expensive! Thanks for sharing these, I actually have some of the material in the house and I had no idea what to do with them :) Now I know!

  • Reply Pam November 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I love cute and easy crafts like this! My kids always loved using pipe cleaners for crafts.

  • Reply Shaney Vijendranath November 9, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I’m definitely trying this with my daughter.

  • Reply Debi November 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I love these! We already have all the necessary items too!

  • Reply Hannah Staveley November 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    They are fab my kids would love to make them.

  • Reply kendall November 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    What a cute little craft! Looks like fun!

  • Reply Ann BAcciaglia November 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I loved crafting with pipe cleaners when my kids were little. So many fun and creative things you can make.

  • Reply Daisy November 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Awe, these look like fun. I have a four year that would have fun making these.

  • Reply michele d November 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Such a fun activity for kids to enjoy. Looks easy enough too! Gotta try this with my kiddos!

  • Reply Brianna K November 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    These are so cute! I know my boys will love making them and I know we have all the materials already :)

  • Reply Beth@KCMompreneurs November 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Such cute puppets. My kids would love to make those. Love the price as well.

  • Reply Touristmeetstraveler November 9, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Those little puppets look so cute, what a perfect little art project to do with your kids on a weekend!

  • Reply Emily November 10, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I haven’t seen anything like these! I love that they are easy enough for my 5 year old to make! Thanks!

  • Reply Amby Felix November 10, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Very adorable idea!!!

  • Reply Mama to 5 BLessings November 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

    What a cute idea. My daughter loves doing crafts, this looks right up her alley!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. November 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

    These are really cute puppets! Loved making them!

  • Reply Dina November 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Those are such cute puppets. I know my kids would love to work on those too. I’ll have to pick up pipe cleaners.

  • Reply Brandy November 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    These are really cute puppets and so easy for kids to make, I love that you are sharing an easy craft idea. I think we have all of the supplies to do this too!

  • Reply Debbie Denny November 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    That is awesome and creative, Such a fun project.

  • Reply Janell Poulette November 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    My daughter is constantly asking to do crafts. This looks easy enough for us to do together!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor November 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    These are so cute and they would be so much fun to make with the kids. They would love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly November 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I remember making stuff like that in Girls Scouts when I was a little girl! :-)

  • Reply LifeAsAConvert November 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I agree. Those definitely turned out cute. I will save this idea for my kids.

  • Reply Bonnie @ wemake7 November 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Oh my word, those are sooo cute! I will have to pick up these art supplies for the kiddos.

  • Reply Donna November 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    What a cute idea! I need to do this with my youngest niece, she will love it!

  • Reply Mrs. Mashed Up November 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I have everything but the Google eyes! I might have to get some, because this looks like a cute project!

  • Reply Jamie | North of Something November 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    What a great idea! I have pipe cleaners packed for our upcoming flight and I never thought to use popsicles sticks with them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Stefany November 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    These are so cute! My kids and I will have to make some of these!

  • Reply Krystal November 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I Should do this with my son for the holidays. HE would love it!

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