You guys! My kids and I had so much fun making these adorably creepy felt Halloween finger puppets last week!
I did learn one thing the hard way: If you are going to make a craft first so that you can take pictures, don't show your kids or they will lose all imagination. When it was their turn to make their own, all they wanted to do was make the exact same puppets I had already made! What we are going to do with three Frankensteins, three Draculas, three mummies . . . (you get the picture) is beyond me!
You can make these cool creatures as simple or as complex as you'd like. Basic for little ones, or more detailed for older kids. You can even make them no sew. (Keep reading for directions.) You'll have to forgive me in advance for the plethora of pictures. These little guys turned out so cute that I couldn't stop taking pictures!
Let's get started! Here's what you need to get creating.
- Felt scraps
- Embroidery floss and needle (or skip this for no sew option)
- Fabric glue (I used Elmer's Craft Bond)
- Wiggly eyes (I used colored and plain black eyes)
- Fabric scissors
- Finger Puppet Template (Click download button below to open and print pdf file.)
Download and print the Halloween Finger Puppet Template. Cut out the finger puppet shape and trace it two times onto a scrap of felt. Cut out the shapes. You will need two of each shape for each finger puppet.
Once you have cut out all of your shapes, select a coordinating or matching color of embroidery floss for every puppet. Leaving the bottom of the puppet open, sew around the outside edge with a blanket or whip stitch. (See detail below.)
*NO SEW INSTRUCTIONS* Instead of sewing around the edges, use a bead of fabric glue to seal the edges of the puppet.
Now's the fun part! Make a huge mess! (We're really, really good at that part. In fact, you might call us experts.) Using felt scraps, fabric scissors, glue and wiggly eyes, let your kids go wild and turn the puppets into monsters and Halloween characters.
Here's a list of the creepy (and cute) characters we created:
Jack O-lantern, Mummy, Dracula, Ghost, Frankenstein, Frankenstein's Bride, Witch, 3-eyed monster, 1-eyed monster
I bet you can think of some more!
Wondering what to do with your Halloween finger puppets? How about a finger play? Have you heard this one?
Five Little Monsters (Author Unknown)
Five little monsters sitting on the floor.
The first one said, "Let's knock on someone's door."
The second on said, "Let's act a little scary."
The third one said, "Why are we so hairy?"
The fourth one said, "I hear a funny sound."
The fifth one said, "There's no one else around."
Then "WHOOSH" went the wind and "EEK!" someone said
So five little monsters ran under the bed.
I think these two might just be my favorites! What do you think? What Halloween characters will you create?
Special thanks to Elmer's for sponsoring this post. All opinions and designs are my own.
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