Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Finger Friends Hand Puppets

Don't forget to follow the Kids Summer Craft Camp along on the KSCC Pinterest board where I will be pinning all of the posts.  Also, I encourage you to take pictures of your own creations and use the hashtag #KidsSummerCraftCamp on Instagram or on Twitter!  I'd love to see what you are up to!

When I put out my request for bloggers to guest post for my Kids Summer Craft Camp series, I was blown away by the response.  One of the ladies that responded was a crafter after my own heart.  Nicole from 365(ish) Days of Pins only pins things that she actually intends on doing.  And I mean how often do you pin blindly?  I know I do, I have could spend days on Pinterest.  So check out the post below and then head on over to Nicole's blog and read about the rest of her projects, she's got some good ones!

Hi! My name is Nicole and I blog over at 365(ish) Days of Pinterest. I want to say thank you so much to Randi for allowing me to guest post today!

  alien hand puppet 

 I saw a cute photo of this little craft on Pinterest the other day even though I'm not a "crafty" person I thought, I can do that! There are a few disasters around here that have started with that same exact thought (you don't get 365 days worth of pins without a few mishaps.) But I'm happy to say that this project was a success. :) I have three sons, so we don't do a lot of glitter and pretty crafts around here. Actually, we don't do much crafting at all. But every once in a while I find something that I know will be fun and Henry, my 4 year old with a huge imagination, is always a willing assistant.

  puppet supplies

What you need

  1. Package of Styrofoam 1½" balls
  2. Chenille stems (we always called these pipe cleaners)
  3. Googly eyes (we used the ones with an adhesive backing which was way easier than trying to glue them on!)
  4. Felt scraps, pom-poms, yarn or whatever you'd like to decorate your puppets
  5. Glue (Elmer's glue worked fine for us, but hot glue would be quicker and probably hold better in the long run)
puppet collection


If you want to take these to the next level of cuteness, you can paint the Styrofoam balls first. Just use a toothpick to hold them up and stick them into another piece of foam while they dry. If you have an impatient 4 year-old who just wants to get started, skip that step ;) Cut a 3" piece of chenille stem and bend it into a U shape. Push each end of the stem up into the middle of a ball, so the U shape will fit under your middle two fingers (or just the middle finger) and the balls will sit on top of the hand to make eyes. Add googly eyes, felt or stem eyelashes, ears, antennae, yarn hair-whatever your imagination suggests- by dipping in glue and using a skewer to push into the foam. Don't forget the best part-playing with your new Finger Friends!

  my puppet model  

 Thanks for letting me visit with you today! I hope you'll come by 365(ish) Days of Pinterest and check out some more of the great pins I've been trying!

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  1. How cute! Stopping by from the 'On Display Link Party' - I'm pinning these to my activity board - my kids would love this :)
    Happy Tuesday!
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

  2. I like this visitor thing U got going .....Well done...

  3. Thanks for stopping by Angela!

  4. Thanks for letting me participate in the summer camp! :)


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