Don’t throw away your old socks. Make sock puppets with them instead! I will show you how to make sock puppets without having to sew a thing. They are super easy and fun to make, and you can vary with them endlessly. Depending on the age of your kids, they might be able to assist you in making them. And once they are finished, you have great toys for playing with. My toddler son loves it if I play out little stories with them.
To make sock puppets take out your craft supplies. You can use so many different materials to make your puppets.
For the eyes, I used pom poms and wobbly eyes. If you don’t happen to have those at home, you could also use buttons or pieces of rolled-up pipe cleaners, for example.
For the hair, I happened to have some craft feathers lying about. I had planned to use yarn but liked the look of the feathers better. Besides feathers or yarn, you could also use ribbon, for example. Just let your imagination run free.
For the mouth, I used felt sheets. Of course, you could alternatively use colored cardboard, although you would have to ensure it doesn’t get wet. But I think felt sheets work great for this purpose.
And you will need a glue gun. Textile glue would probably also work. But I prefer to work with a glue gun. It dries much quicker! But be careful if you make the puppets together with your kids to make sure the hot glue gun is out of their reach.
And not to forget, you will need some old socks. I like using those who are left single because their counterpart has a hole.
So, to sum up. The materials I used for these puppets are:
- Pom poms
- Wobbly eyes
- Felt sheet(s)
- Craft feathers
- Glue gun
How to make sock puppets
first, you turn the tips of your socks inwards to prepare for the mouth, like in the following image
Next, you cut your felt sheet into a small circle or oval. The diameter of the felt circle is about equal to the width of the mouth opening in the sock that you created in the step before.
Fold the circle double and fit the felt into the mouth. Now use a glue gun to glue the mouth onto the sock. I began at the outer edge of the circle to fix the ‘lips’ in place. Then I turned the sock mouth outwards to glue the middle of the circle to the sock. For one of the socks, I added a little tong that I glued to the bottom of the mouth.
Then you glue the pom-poms in the place where you want the eyes to be and stick the wobbly eyes onto the pom-poms. Most wobbly eyes have self-sticking backs. If yours do not, you can use glue.
Finally, glue the hair in place. I used craft feathers for hair. I think it looks pretty good. But yarn or ribbon would also work.
That’s it. Your puppet socks are ready to be played with. I hope you have fun making your own sock puppets!
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