sock puppets
Activities and crafts

Kids Craft: Sock puppets

Cassie McCann from Crafty Nellies shows up how to make an easy sock puppet. The kids will love getting stuck into this one!

Making sock puppets is the ideal solution to doing something useful with an old pair of socks. You don’t have to go out and buy craft supplies – just make this sock puppet out of bits and bobs.

You will need:

  • One black sock Needle and thread
  • 1 x black button (nose)
  • 2 x other buttons (eyes) Scraps of black material to make the ears
  • Couple of balls of wool, different colours
  • Scissors

Instructions for making your sock puppets:

1. Put the sock on your hand so that your thumb is in the heel and your fingers are in the toe. Test out making your puppet talk and take note of where its eyes, nose and ears will be.

2. Using your black scraps of material, cut out two triangular shapes for ears. Put a pleat in the centre of the wide base of each ear before sewing them in place so that the ears are rounded just like a cat’s. Sew the ears on.

3. Use the needle and thread to sew on two buttons for eyes and one for a nose. Cut lengths of wool to create hairstyles for your puppets.

Notes: You can use old pieces of clothing to source the buttons and extra scraps of material. That way nothing is wasted and you don’t even have to leave the house for craft supplies – a definite rainy day winner!

More crafts:

Pom pom characters
Play dough and other crafty ideas
Peg dolls

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