Felt Finger Puppets Tutorial

Finger Puppet Gift

I blogged about these cute felt finger puppets in the very early days of this blog. Do you remember that post? I made the first set of finger puppets for my oldest when he was a baby. That was 11+ years ago. They have gotten A LOT of use and are still one of my kids favorite things to play with at church. A few of them are missing some eyes and are pretty dirty, but for the most part have held up really well.

Finger-Puppet-Pattern

I have been wanting to make some more finger puppets…AND…since I have had several of you email me with questions about the finger puppets, I thought I would give you a more detailed tutorial.

They are super easy to make. But since each animal is unique, once you understand the process, you should be able to create as many different animals as you would like.

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Each animal will be different but basically the same in putting together. Each will need two body shapes. Measure around your biggest finger (thumb) with about 1/2 inch around to allow for glue while still allowing your finger to fit.

Glue (I used hot glue) the ears on one of the body pieces so that the ears will be attached INSIDE of the puppet (I did this with MOST of mine with a couple of exceptions).

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Glue around the curved U shape of body leaving the straight bottom unglued. Attach the top body piece.

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Add any body parts to the top section with glue.

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That’s it! Some are a bit more complicated but as you get going you will get the idea of how to make them more realistic looking!

Make-Your-Own-Hand-Puppets

And, if you are interested, I have a PDF pattern that you will soon be able to buy for $3.00 that includes patterns for ALL of the animals I created. There are 18 animal patterns in all: a duck, blue bird, elephant, bear, rabbit, pig, cat, dog, tiger, moose, frog, sheep, horse, cow, rooster, penguin, lion, and a monkey.

Hand-Puppet-Tutorial

I love these finger puppets and they make a really cute and unique gift. Go ahead and get creative but be warned…they are addicting. I have some more animals I am itching to make.

Comments

  1. Cap Creations says

    These are so cute Amy! Thank you for showing us how. I'm gonna need this stuff for this summer.

  2. Casey McArdle Photography says

    Wow these are adorable!! I can't wait for you to release the patterns – I'm a training Primary School Teacher and these would be perfect for the younger children =)

  3. Lorie says

    Those are beyond cute!! My daughter received a puppet theater from her grandma for Christmas and those would make a great addition!

  4. Melanie says

    Oh, I know how addicting they are! I made some with my husband for a little boy's birthday present. We had a blast doing it together… and he got carried away and made a jackalope! The birthday boy got lots of use out of his set!

  5. Maria and Michelle says

    These are so cute and would be a blast to play with! My felt scraps now have a purpose :)

    ~ Michelle @ FTSN

  6. Amy says

    CUUUUTE! I know what my neice is getting for her second birthday. Hope you'll have your pdf up soon!! I'm working on a deadline here! Her birthday is May 24th :P

    Very cute idea… a great quiet toy for church.

    amy

  7. Martha says

    too cute. mine have to try these with my GS troop but using tacky glue. don't know I want them to play with the glue gun just yet. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Ellen Colberg says

    I am looking forward to the PDF, I would love to get it and make these for my first child (she is due this summer)! Thanks for sharing such a great project

  9. Kristen Duke Photography says

    very cute. i'll add that to my list of thinkgs i'd love to make but probably never will:)

  10. apesjam says

    A friend linked this blog from her blog and once I browsed around for a little bit I'm sold! Great job and I can't wait to glean some of your brilliance!

  11. Tanya says

    very awesome!!!! I have to make these for my nieces and nephews. My sister is always looking for stuff to keep the kids busy during church service.

  12. Infarrantly Creative says

    That is so adorable Amy. I will have to wait a year before I do that. Isaac would rip it to shreds right now. You girl with her dainty little fingers and puppets on them is priceless. Another brilliant tute my friend.

  13. Amy says

    so cute. I need this for my Cloverbud group. We are currently talking about animals. I will be keeping my eye out for the pattern.

  14. Shaun and Holly says

    Adorable!!!! I wrote about you on my Blog today and posted a link to your site. I hope that was ok?

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!

    Holly

  15. Karen says

    These are very cute! I wasn’t able to get the link to work to puchase the template. Could you please help? My email address is karen_james at hotmail dot com.

    Thanks!

  16. Arendje says

    Are these patterns still for sale – if yes – please send me payment details – thank you

    • says

      Thank you so much Amanda as always for the features. Looks like you had a great trip to Chicago for breakfast recently. That is one place I have not been but would love to go to.

  17. Rachel says

    Your website is awesome! My 3 year old is currently making a paper plate face and turkey! I am in love with the hamburger cupcakes and can’t wait to make them for a summer cookout dessert! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas!

  18. Robin Larson says

    These finger puppets are so cute….I got a congratulations when I posted What is that about?

  19. Tiffany Houston says

    Amy, I bought your tutorial yesterday via paypal. I realized this morning you didn’t have my email address. I am hoping to have these as ready as possible for my young women to make on Wednesday. Please let me know if there will be any problems emailing me the instructions. You are so talented! I am excited I stumbled into your account. Thanks! Tiffany

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