How to Make Paper Puppets


Circus Act Finger Puppets
Your kids will have the big top at their fingertips with these Circus Act Finger Puppets.
Your kids will have the big top at their fingertips with these Circus Act Finger Puppets.

These little paper craft characters come alive when kids slip them onto their fingers. Work with your family to make a whole circus act complete with bears, clowns, trapeze artists, elephants, and more!

What You'll Need:

  • Wrapping paper tube
  • Acrylic paint: assorted colors
  • Clear gloss acrylic spray
  • Decorative items: poms, glitter, felt, scrap paper, card stock, feathers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Paintbrushes
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

How to Make Circus Act Finger Puppets:Step 1: Measure and mark a 4-inch section of the paper tube. Help kids use a craft knife to cut the tube at this line.

Cut the wrapping paper tube into a four-inch-tall section.
Cut the wrapping paper tube into a four-inch-tall section.

Step 2: For the head, measure and mark a line around the tube one inch from the end. Mark a 1-1/4-inch vertical section in this 1-inch space. Help kids cut around the tube at the horizontal line, leaving only the 1-1/4-inch section intact to create a head that extends above the body.Step 3: Use a pencil to sketch out the basic design of your puppet, and use paint, markers, and decorative items to add detail. Cut arms out of felt, and make hair out of paper, poms, or feathers. Note: Seal the tube with clear gloss spray after it's painted and before you draw on it with marker. If marker is used first, it may run when spray is applied.Keep reading to learn how make a puppet theater out of a shoe box -- the perfect place for your kids to stage a puppet show!

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