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Se7en’s Puppet Pets From The Recycle Bin…

June 18th, 2011 · 8 Comments

I warned you that the puppets would keep on coming!!! We have been building up a collection that can be used for almost any fairy tale… a farmer and his wife and a couple of spoon people… any of these could become the royal princess and princesses essential to fairy tales. The only thing left out of our collection was a few animals… paper cups are brilliant for almost any animal, we made a dog but you could just as easily make a cow or anything else. As for finger puppets, well if you can draw it, then you can turn it into a finger puppet. Also if you need a handful of little puppets then an old glove is perfect to make almost instant puppets that you can fit in your pocket and take with you. Lastly all fairy tales and puppet shows need a villain and I left that up to our recycle artist, Hood #1… he made a rat, that could just as easily be a fox or any other villain required by your story.

So here you go a couple of beastly puppets that really can be made in minutes or hours depending on how the mood takes you…

The Paper Cup Dog:


Let’s Meet The Players:

  • A paper cup.
  • Project card.
  • Paints.
  • Crayons.
  • Scissors and glue.

Let’s Play The Game:


  • Begin by painting your cup, this is going to be the body of your dog.
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  • While you are waiting for the glue to dry draw your dog’s face and ears and cut them out.
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  • Once your paint is dry all you have to do is glue on the face and ears onto the cup…. and your dog is done.

A Finger Puppet Cat:


Let’s Meet The Players:

  • Project card, we used black.
  • Pencil crayons.
  • Scissors and glue.

Let’s Play The Game:


  • Begin by drawing your cat on the card and cut it out.
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  • Cut a small thin strip of card and make a small tube that fits onto your finger.
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  • Finally glue your cat to your cardboard tube and you are done…
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Handful of Mice:


Let’s Meet The Players:

  • A glove
  • A pipecleaner.
  • Googly eyes and glue

Let’s Play The Game:


  • Cut your pipecleaner into small pieces. And make two little slits in the tip of each fingertips and thread the pipecleaner pieces through the little holes to make ears.
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  • Stick two googly eyes onto each finger tip… and when you are done you will have a handful of mice.

A Recycled Rat or a Fabulous Fox:


Let’s Meet The Players:


  • A Paper Cup
  • Some scrap paper
  • Cardboard
  • Buttons for eyes
  • Wire for ears
  • Strong Project Glue

Let’s Play The Game:


  • Begin by cutting the paper into strips but not quite all the way to the edge of the paper.
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  • Wrap your paper around and glue it onto the cup.
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  • Fold your cardboard to make a “V” then wrap that around and glue it to the cup.
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  • Add some button eyes, you can glue them on or poke pin through them holes in the button.
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  • Wire ears were added.
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  • And some spiky teeth.
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  • And your villain is done!!!


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Tags: People/Puppet Crafts · Recycle Crafts · Tuesday Art Task

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rebecca // Jun 18, 2011 at 4:33 am

    These are great! We forget about puppets around here, although I don’t know why. They are so fun! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Rebecca´s last blog post ..The Plants Grow Me

  • 2 se7en // Jun 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Hi Rebecca, Let’s try that again – my reply got eaten!!! We never ever play with puppets … ever!!! But we had to make some for a project and next thing I knew we were wall-to-wall puppets!!! Perfect for our very wintry weather!!! Hope you guys have a fun weekend!!!

  • 3 KM // Jun 19, 2011 at 1:08 am

    One can never have too many PUPPETS! Your puppets are cute cute cute AND CLEVER!

  • 4 se7en // Jun 19, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Hay KM, I tell you we have never made so many puppets before and they keep on coming!!! Why have I never thought of it before!!! Hope you guys are having a fun weekend… rainbow nails and all!!!

  • 5 Cheryl // Jun 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    There is something about the ratty one that reminds me of a 1970s UK children’s programme, which I think was called “Finger Bob”. I’m now going to be singing the theme song all day. Can’t remember all the words, so there will be a lot of humming!
    Cheryl´s last blog post ..Sew nice to finish something

  • 6 se7en // Jun 20, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Hay Cheryl, that is funny – the tings that kid has wafting around his mind, just waiting to attach to a project – who knew he had been watching tv in the 70’s!!! I don’t think they even had TV here way back then!!! Hope you guys have a great week!!!

  • 7 creativejewishmom/sara // Jun 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    love those creative puppets! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!
    creativejewishmom/sara´s last blog post ..Giant Paper Flowers Sneak Peek

  • 8 se7en // Jun 22, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Hi Sara, We are always so happy to join your link-up!!! Have a good week!!!

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