A sock puppet is an easy and inexpensive craft that is tons of fun, too. You can add a feminine touch when you turn that plain puppet into a glamorous gal. If you have simple sewing skills, you can use a needle and thread to beautify your sock puppet. But don't worry if you're all thumbs. A glue gun can get the job done quickly when it comes to your girl sock puppet's marvelous makeover.
Things You'll Need
- Cotton sock
- Yellow marker
- Buttons, fabric, gems
- Black Construction paper
- Glue gun
- Needle and thread
- Paint Brush
Making the Puppet
Choose a clean, cotton sock to make your sock puppet. Athletic socks keep their elasticity over the long run, and a women's size 9 to 11 sock is a great fit for this project. But you should pick the size sock to match the hand of the puppeteer.
Fit the sock over your hand/arm, with the heel of the sock facing you.
Push the sock material inside the palm of your hand to create the mouth. Your fingertips should be in the toe section of the sock, and your thumb should be in the heel part of the sock. Work the mouth of the puppet a few times to ensure the proper fit of the sock.
Use a light-colored marker (yellow works well) to dot the spots where you want the eyes. Mark the mouth in a similar way, highlighting enough of the mouth to give an outline of the feature. A dot on the top of the sock where your wrist bends will give you a good idea about hair placement.
Remove the sock from your hand so that you can glamorize your gal puppet.
Adding Feminine Touches
Decide what kind of eyes you want. Colorful buttons or fabric scraps make great eyes, and you can sew them onto the sock or glue them. You can also recycle an old piece of jewelry, using gemstones or beads for eyes. Or you can paint exotic eyes directly onto the sock. Make sure that your eyes match up with the spots you've marked on your puppet.
Cut two rectangles of black construction paper, about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Use scissors to cut straight lines into each rectangle, leaving a 1/2-inch strip along the bottom of the construction paper. These black fringes will be your puppet's eyelashes. Take a pencil and roll each fringe around it to curl the eyelash. Place the eyelash over the eye and cut to fit. Now glue onto the sock.
Use red or pink paint to draw a pretty bow mouth. Don't forget to paint the bottom part of the puppet's lips.
Cut a dozen or more yarn pieces in the length you'd like your sock puppet's hair. Remember, the yarm will be draped over your hand, so take that into account when cutting the yarn. Gather the strings of yarn in the center, wrap a matching piece of yarn around it and tie into a knot. Stitch or glue the hair on the marked spot. Now you can choose a hairstyle. You can braid the yarn or make pigtails or let the yarn hang straight. You can even cut a few pieces of short yarn and glue to the sock for bangs.
Tips & Warnings
- You can add more feminine touches with a bow or a scarf. You can even purchase a doll's hat and glue it to your puppet. Use your imagination to give your girl sock puppet a personality all her own.
- Use extreme care when handling a glue gun. Adult supervision is recommended.
- Photo Credit pile of socks image by Adkok from Fotolia.com
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