How to Make a Sock Puppet

If the mysterious "Sock Eater" has left you a pile of single socks, then let everyone make puppets one day. Puppets are a good way for children to talk about their world to adults without feeling pressure or embarrassment.

Things You'll Need

  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Cotton Socks
  • Single Socks
  • 3/8-inch Dowels
  • Styrofoam Balls
  • Batting
  • Craft Pompoms
  • Fabric Glue
  • Felt
  • Scrap Yarn
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Plastic Drinking Cups
  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Permanent Markers
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Permanent markers
  • Pipe cleaners

Instructions

  1. Hand Puppet

    • 1

      Save a single clean sock. The sock needs to be large enough to fit loosely over a child's hand.

    • 2

      Gather craft supplies such as construction paper, permanent marker, wiggly eyes, felt, yarn, pipe cleaners, craft glue, cotton balls or batting.

    • 3

      Place hand in sock with thumb and fingers working like a mouth.

    • 4

      Mark lightly with a marker - areas for mouth, eyes, nose, and ears.

    • 5

      Cut ears and mouth from felt and glue in marked areas with fabric glue or craft glue.

    • 6

      Glue wiggly eyes in place. However, make eyes with a black permanent marker if puppet is going to be using by small children.

    • 7

      Use yarn cut into small strings and glued to sock for hair or horse's mane.

    • 8

      Make antlers, horns, or antennas from pipe cleaners.

    Stick Puppet

    • 1

      Use an adult-sized clean sock.

    • 2

      Gather craft supplies: Styrofoam balls, 3/8-inch dowel rod, plastic cups, wiggly eyes, felt, yarn, pipe cleaners, craft glue, craft pompoms, and cotton balls.

    • 3

      Push the dowel rod at an angle into the Styrofoam ball.

    • 4

      Cut four ear shapes for your puppet from felt.

    • 5

      Lay a pipe cleaner bent in half on one felt ear shape and glue the other felt ear shape on top - leaving about 1 inch of pipe cleaner sticking out of the bottom of the ear. This is what you will stick into the foam ball.

    • 6

      Place foam ball with dowel rod inside sock.

    • 7

      Glue on wiggle eyes, or draw eyes with a permanent marker.

    • 8

      Glue or draw on nose. Pompoms found in a store's craft department make cute noses.

    • 9

      Cut a small slit in the sock on the side of the head for the ears. Poke the pipe cleaner through the slit into the foam ball. Make pipe-cleaner antennas the same way.

    • 10

      Stuff the neck with batting. You will need to use enough batting to make the head stand up.

    • 11

      Cut a hole into the bottom of the plastic cup. Turn cup upside down and slide over dowel rod up inside the sock neck.

    • 12

      Move puppet by holding the cup and moving the dowel rod.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stick puppets are good to use with a stage or puppet box.
  • For young children, do not use any small pieces such as wiggly eyes or buttons that they can remove and place in their mouths.
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