Puppets have been the flavour of the month as we have been playing with our collection of puppets and creating some new ones too, such as our character puppets and manilla folder puppet theatres which you can see here.
Our pop up puppets:
I tried to make this child friendly and as simple as I could so that Miss Four could complete as much of this as possible.
– Elastic bands (we used Loom bands as well as larger bands)
– Paper Cups
– Manilla folder (to create faces)
– Craft supplies to embellish
Here’s what we did – a step by step guide with photos.
These were the templates I created for the two fabric pieces – no need for these fabric pieces to be precise.
Step 1: Cut a strip of fabric (the underlay template as seen in the photo above), fold in half. Place a dowel stick in the centre of the folded fabric.
A closer view:
This is what you end up with:
Step 4: Turn upside down and
Slide the paper cup onto the dowel. We used a Stanley knife to make a small incision in the base of the cup.
Turn the right side up and ensure fabric is over the top of the cup.
Step 5: Secure this fabric piece to the top of the cup. We used a larger rubber band for this.
Step 6 : Secure the dress/clothes (second piece of fabric) around the dowel at the neck with another small band. Embellish clothes with craft supplies. Create arms with half a pipe cleaner.
Step 7: Create faces. We used a manilla folder to cut the circle shape for faces.
Step 8: Decorate the outside of the cup and hide any secured fabric that has been placed around the rim of the cup. These are the templates we used to place around the cups.
The finished creations – ready to pop up:
Miss Seven’s Pop Up princess creation:
Master Six was inspired by his chosen fabric to create a clown:
Miss Four’s Pop Up Princess Puppet:
Master Six wanted to try and make a pirate pop up puppet and we came up with this one: