Homemade Popsicle Stick Puppets

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Lately, I’ve been trying to find ways to keep my kids entertained without having to spend a boatload of money. Why? Because they get bored with everything so easily and so quickly! So, instead, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas and ways to have fun crafts for them to do at home and making things they can end up playing with and not having to worry about them costing a fortune and that going to waste has been a lot easier for me to handle.I was really impressed with how these turned out. Being not-so-crafty I’ll admit, I didn’t have very high hopes for how these would turn out. However, I think they are adorable and the kids to do so that is all that matters, right? If you think your little ones would like to make these and play with them, they are very easy and only require a few items and a little time!

Let’s Make Some Puppets!

Materials Needed:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Sequins (I used shiny for the fish, and normal for the other two!)
  • Glue
  • Cookie Cutters (for shapes!)
  • Cardstock or Thick paper/bristol board
  • Scissors
  • Pen, Pencil or Marker


  1. Flip your paper over and trace your cookie cutter. Cut them out, I left a little around the edges so mine would be a little bigger than the cutters.
  2. Once the animals, people or shapes you want to use are all cut out start with one at a time and put a little bit of glue on it, and start adding your sequins. I used tacky glue so mine didn’t dry so quickly I was able to take my time and get my sequins exactly how I wanted.
  3. Once all sequins are on all your shapes, glue the popsicle sticks onto the back and let sit in place upside down (glue/popsicle side facing up) for at least 15 – 20 minutes.
  4. Once set they are good to go!

They actually hold up really well, as I was worried the sequins would fall off – Hanna has been playing with them and Justin, they’ve held up really well and been some great entertainment and imagination time for the both of them.What puppets would you make? If you have loads of cookie cutters the creations could be endless. I ended up buying a huge bag full of play dough cutters at the thrift store for $2.50 so I plan to make a boatload more for the kids to enjoy, and just keep in their playroom for when they want to put on cute little puppet shows!

Homemade Popsicle Stick Puppets


  • Reply candy September 28, 2018 at 10:01 am

    This would be a fun craft afternoon for the kids to help make and let dry. I can see some fun later in the day with them playing with their new puppets. Wonderful and fun idea.

  • Reply Laura Dove September 28, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Oh I love this idea! What a fun craft to do with the children! I love the animals you chose. We would do dinosaurs, my children go Crazy for them!

  • Reply Amber Myers September 28, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    These are too cute! I just love how they came out. I can see kids really having fun making these. Sequins are super popular these days.

  • Reply Jenn@Engineermommy September 28, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    This is such a cute craft project to do with the kids. They came out so adorable. I love the use of sequins to add that extra glam factor.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey September 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    What a fun thing to do! They look like such fun creatures and of course you can play with them after making all sorts of stories up! Great!

  • Reply Tabitha Blue September 28, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    These are super cute!!! And I love when a craft becomes something that keeps them entertained while they make and afterwards as well!

  • Reply Terri Steffes September 28, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I really love these. I love that they have to make them first (time) and wait for them to dry (time) and then play with them (more time!) This would be an all afternoon gig!

  • Reply SHELLEY KING September 28, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I am the least creative person I know. I may be able to accomplish this one. Maybe! I can follow directions. I think would be a great craft activity.

  • Reply Ricci September 28, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Oh now this looks like fun!! I would love to make these with my nieces and nephews!!

  • Reply Pam September 28, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    These are so cute. I used to love doing crafts like this with my kids when they were young.

  • Reply Heather September 28, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    What a fun project idea! I bet my girls would love to make these. I’ll have to put this on our weekend or summer activity list!

  • Reply Emily September 28, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I love these! This would be a fun activity to do with my kids, I am always looking for fun crafts to do with them. Thank you for the idea!

  • Reply Anosa Malanga September 29, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Yay! This is so nice. I guess we can make this as part of the game on our upcoming Halloween party. Just changing it to some spooky designs then we can make use of it as a props for photobook.

  • Reply Vyjay Rao September 29, 2018 at 9:51 am

    The popsicle stick puppets look so cute. Reminded me of my own mom who always used to find innovative ways with food to surprise us, kids, when we came home.

  • Reply Jenn Mitchell September 29, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    This is such an adorable craft. I need to pass this along to my school teacher friends.

  • Reply Kita Bryant September 29, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Those are so well done! They could even be sold too! My daughter would love to do this.

  • Reply Katrina Ellen September 30, 2018 at 10:55 am

    These are so very cute and could be used for decor in their rooms. Such a great idea!

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