How to Make a Moving Mouth Puppet

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Moving mouth puppets are a fun and easy project that can light a child's imagination on fire. Puppet making doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming and it can give you opportunities to start many new projects with the children involved. Follow these steps to start making moving mouth puppets.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 yard of anti-peel fleece
  • 4 1/2 by 6-inch piece cardboard, cut from cereal box
  • Polyfoam stuffing
  • Sheet of black felt
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Hair dryer
  • Sheet of red rubber
  • 1/2-inch thick poly foam in a 7 1/2 by 7-inch square
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Contact cement
  • Yellow foam golf ball
  • Two plastic eyes
  • Pom pom
  • Magic marker
  • Feathered boa
  • Sewing machine
  • Practice drawing characters. Fold fleece in half and draw an outline of your character that's large enough for your hand to fit inside. Sew along the lines of the character while the fleece is still folded. Turn the fleece, character side down and cut along the outside edges of thread to remove your puppet.

  • Put your hand all the way in to the puppets head and pull inside out. Use a pencil to push out the puppet's arms and fingers. Then use pencil to shove a tiny bit of stuffing into fingers and arms.

  • Fold cardboard in half for your puppet's mouth. Use foam brush to dab the contact cement and brush it on the inside of the folded cardboard. Use a hair dryer to dry the cement for 15 seconds causing it to become tacky. Place black felt on the sticky cardboard and press the cardboard together. Cut away remaining felt in a curve around each corner to give the mouth shape.

  • Decide where the mouth should be on the puppet's face and cut a slit across one side of the puppet. The corners of cardboard should match the corners of the cut. Insert the mouth into the cut, felt side out. Leave a little lip on edges of cardboard and put dabs of glue under lips to seal them to the mouth.

  • Cut a 2 by 3 inch square from your red rubber. Then cut a heart shape out of the square to make your moving mouth puppets tongue. Take your magic marker and draw a line from the center of the heart to the top. Turn it over and add glue. Press into the middle of the bottom of puppet's mouth.

  • Squeeze the top and bottom of polyfoam together with your fingers and push them together until they resemble a parachute. Use one hand to push the foam all the way into the head above the mouth and let go to give the puppet's head shape.

  • Cut yellow foam golf balls in half. Push the stem of the plastic eye into the center of the round side of the ball. Now put glue on the flat side of ball and press and hold against top of puppets head were you want his eyes.

  • Use the pom pom for the nose. Add a dab of glue to the pom pom and press against the head for 2 minutes. Add a 2-inch piece of feathered boa above eyes for hair. Put a strip of glue across the head behind the eyes and press the boa onto the glue. Put a line of glue under the nose and add a strip of the boa as a mustache if your puppet's a man.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take your time cutting to prevent accidentally cutting through sewn threads.
  • Use the feathered boa for eye brows instead of or in addition to hair.

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