Friday, November 21, 2014

Making Animal Finger Puppets

When I was doing my work yesterday, nearing the end of COB, my laptop which is not so 'healthy' now decided to die on me twice. As such, I thought of calling it a day. I let my laptop take its much needed break and did something fun with felt crafts for the rest of my evening especially since I had not been utilizing my felts for DIY crafts for a while.

Inspired by a Mommy I follow on Instagram, this time around, I was determined to create cute animal finger puppets using colourful felts for Naomi. They are easy to make but do require some sewing work.

Cute animal finger puppets for kids.

Some imagination and creative juice are demanded to make the kind of animal finger puppets you have in mind. You can create any animals you want for the finger puppets, depending on your material availability. I can only make five finger puppets so far because I don't have that many coloured felts for certain animal shapes.

So here are the steps to make the simple animal felt finger puppets. 

Animal Felt Finger Puppets

Materials needed:
  • Colourful felts
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • UHU Glue
  • Needle and threads
  • Puncher, optional

The cut outs to make the animal finger puppets.

Tutorial:
  1. Draw the animal main body part pattern in the coloured felt and cut it out. Use this as a base model of the other side of the main body part pattern as we need 2 felt patters to make the animal body part. Sew them together but leave the bottom part opened. The size of the animal finger puppets I made was 5.5cm x 4cm - just nice for Naomi's little fingers but a tad short for mine.
  2. Cut out the shapes the other parts of the animal body such as eyes, mouth, legs, paws, wings, etc. using the colourful felts. I use a puncher to create the animal eyes so they look somewhat uniformed and round.
  3. Use glue to stick the animal's eyes, ears, legs etc. to the main body part that is already sewn. 
  4. Pop a puppet on each finger and let the fun begin.

5 Animal finger puppets I made for my little girl.

Naomi was so excited when I presented her the first animal finger puppet I just made. She kept it on her finger for a long time and could not wait for me to finish the second one.

Let's play.

These little finger puppets are so fun to make and they don't take too much time to produce. They are fantastic to make animal characters in story book come alive or to sing along with favourite songs.

P/S: The purple finger puppet is meant to be a hippo. It's so difficult for me to make a really nice hippo look-alike here, hence mine ended up looking like a hybrid of hippo, horse, donkey and cow.

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