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How to make puppets for kids – the easy way

Puppet Making

Have you ever wondered how to make a string puppet, and assumed it’s too complicated a process to follow at home with the kids? With a few toilet rolls tubes, some string and paint, any child can make a fun dancing puppet in just a couple of hours. Learn how to make a puppet with our easy tutorial that reveals the secrets behind simple puppet making.

Another great thing about making toilet roll puppets is that you’re showing your children how easy it is to recycle and reuse packaging: empty Cushelle toilet paper rolls create the bodies of these DIY puppets. Gather together the materials listed below in our easy puppet-making tutorial.  

How to make a puppy puppet

This cute spotty dog marionette tops our list of easy puppet-making ideas. Recycle your empty Cushelle toilet rolls and let your kids loose with a paintbrush to create their very own.

Takes about 2 hours

We recommend that a responsible adult does the cutting when puppet making for kids, and kids take care of the painting and assembly.

What you’ll need

  • 2 Cushelle toilet roll tubes
  • Kitchen paper
  • Craft knife 
  • White paint 
  • Paint brush 
  • Black marker pen
  • Scissors 
  • Red felt tip pen
  • 5 bendy straws
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Wool 
  • 2 lollipop sticks
  • Glue
  1. puppet making puppy 01To make the dog’s head carefully cut a toilet roll in half with a craft knife, and discard one piece. Leave the other roll whole to make the body.
  2. puppet making puppy 02Next, paint the head and body with white paint and leave to dry. Apply a second coat if you need to.
  3. puppet making puppy 03When dry, add spots to the white head and body with a black marker pen.
  4. puppet making puppy 04To make the ears, cut out two oval shapes from a sheet of strong kitchen paper (we used Plenty). Then cut out a tongue, and colour with a red felt tip pen.
  5. puppet making puppy 05Stick the ears to the back of the head, and the tongue to the front. Then add some wiggle eyes to the face.
  6. puppet making puppy 06Next, make small holes in the top and bottom of one end of the head, two holes either end of the top of the body, and two holes at each end of the bottom of the body.
  7. puppet making puppy 07Take the bendy straws and cut out a small piece for the dog’s tail. Stick it to the back of the body. Then cut out four pieces for the feet.
  8. puppet making puppy 08Cut two lengths of wool for the dog’s legs. Thread it through the holes in the bottom of the dog’s body, and add the bendy straw feet. Tie large knots at the ends to stop the feet falling off.
  9. puppet making puppy 09Cut two more lengths of wool, and thread the first length through the holes in the head and front of the body, tying a knot in each section to hold them in position. Then do the same with the other length of wool at the back of the dog’s body.
  10. puppet making puppy 10Glue two lollipop sticks together in a cross. When dry, wrap and tie the ends of the wool to the sticks, ensuring the head and body are level.

Now you’ve learned how to make a puppet you’ll be able to make a whole cast of characters. As our tutorial proves, puppet making for kids needn’t be a complicated business. Homemade toilet roll puppets are a great way to reuse old packaging and spend quality time together creating a fun toy to play with.


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