We are going to learn how to make a hand puppet and it is so easy. This DIY Hand puppet is so simple and kid’s will love it. It’s perfect for story time and more.

Sock Puppet ready to play with.

How to Make a Sock Puppet for Kids

Do your kid’s love story time and playing with puppets? Learn how to make a hand puppet that they will love! This easy diy hand puppet will provide hours of fun plus it’s just so cute!

This diy sock puppet uses fuzzy socks so it turns out to be such a fluffy and cute puppet! Kid’s will have a blast helping to make this diy sock puppet and then hours of fun playing with it!

With a few simple craft supplies, this fun kid craft is super easy to make. Everyone will have a blast making this no sew sock puppet.

Sock Puppet ready to play with.

No Sew DIY Sock Puppet

You only need a few supplies to make this easy diy hand puppet. You will definitely need a glue gun and glue sticks for this craft. Kids will have so much fun making monster puppets, animals and more.

I recommend having an extra bag of glue sticks! It seems I always need more glue than I realize. It’s not fun to run out mid project…..

Supplies needed for Sock Puppet.

Supplies for project:

Sock Puppet ready to play with.

How to make a puppet:

  • Step 1 – Make a circle. Use cardboard to cut a circle and fold in half. This will need to fit in your sock for the mouth.
  • Step 2 – Trace the circle. Trace the circle twice onto your piece of felt and cut it out.
  • Step 3 – Secure the felt. Next, use the glue gun to secure the felt to both sides of the cardboard.

    Allow the glue to dry before using. It is important that the felt is securely glued to the cardboard.
  • Step 4 – Make a hole in the sock. Cut the toe of the sock off and roll the edges around the felt covered cardboard. Hot glue in place to make your mouth.
Sock Puppet with mouth inserted.
  • Step 5.  Form the eyes and mouth. Hot glue googly eyes to 2 pom pom balls and glue above mouth for eyes.
Googly eyes on pom poms.
  • Step 6. Cut the felt for the back of puppet.  For back spines, cut two long strips of felt and hot glue half of it together, leaving two flaps.
Green felt folded.
  • Step 7 – Attach to the sock. Separate flaps and hot glue to back of the sock. Make sure to use enough glue to securely attach the flap to the sock.
Green felt being glued to the back.
The back of puppet drying.

Step 8 – Decorate the diy sock puppet as you desire. We added extra pom pom balls and a felt bow tie.

Get creative and add your favorite embellishments. It is a great time to see what leftovers are in the craft box.

Sock Puppet ready to play with.

How to use sock puppet:

  • Wear the sock puppet on your hand just like you would a glove.
  • Form the mouth from the sock’s heel and toe and adjust your hand accordingly.
  • You can perform a puppet show and impress the kiddos. Set up an impromptu puppet theater.

More ideas include:

  • Storytime. Bring your child’s favorite book to life by using puppets.
  • Communication. Try using a puppet to communicate with younger children. These fun puppets can help when kids aren’t being receptive.
  • Modeling good behavior. Show children how the puppet is well mannered and always says please and thank you.

As you can see, puppets are fun but also a great learning tool. There are many different methods that you can utilize a puppet.

Not only are they a fun activity and super easy, but they can help us effectively communicate with children. You might try using these at home to play with or in lessons at church or school if you teach.

Kids love puppets and typically are very receptive to them. Give it a try!

Variation Ideas

  • Socks. We used fuzzy socks but you can use any types of socks you prefer.
  • Different colors and patterns. You can make lots of various puppets using striped socks or fun patterns.
  • Embellishments. Use this DIY as a guide but feel free to make the eyes, nose and ears however you like. More fun ideas include buttons, construction paper and pipe cleaners.
  • Feathers. Get creative and glue feathers to the puppet. You can make a chicken puppet.
  • Eyes. Substitute buttons for the eyes and simply glue it to the puppet.
  • Paper bag. Use a paper bag to make a puppet when times does not allow for this simple sock puppet. The bag can open and close while serving as the puppet head.

How to store hand puppets for kids:

You can use a paper cup to easily store one of these puppets. Just put the puppet over the cup.

This will help the puppet stay intact and keep its form. It also looks really cute seeing the puppet siting up.

Try this idea for an easy and inexpensive storage solution.

Sock Puppet ready to play with.

More fun craft ideas for kids:

How to Make a Sock Puppet

One Crazy Mom
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 1

Equipment

  • 1 pair of fuzzy socks
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom Pom balls
  • Felt
  • Cardboard

Instructions
 

  • Make a circle. Use cardboard to cut a circle and fold in half. This will need to fit in your sock for the mouth.
  • Trace the circle. Trace the circle twice onto your piece of felt and cut it out.
  • Secure the felt. Next, use the glue gun to secure the felt to both sides of the cardboard. Allow the glue to dry before using. It is important that the felt is securely glued to the cardboard.
  • Make a hole in the sock. Cut the toe of the sock off and roll the edges around the felt covered cardboard. Hot glue in place to make your mouth.
  • Form the eyes and mouth. Hot glue googly eyes to 2 pom pom balls and glue above mouth for eyes.
  • Cut the felt for the back of puppet.  For back spines, cut two long strips of felt and hot glue half of it together, leaving two flaps.
  • Attach to the sock. Separate flaps and hot glue to back of the sock. Make sure to use enough glue to securely attach the flap to the sock.
  • Decorate the diy sock puppet as you desire. We added extra pom pom balls and a felt bow tie. Get creative and add your favorite embellishments. It is a great time to see what leftovers are in the craft box.
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