A little imagination, creativity and craft can turn into a whole load of fun! Kids will simply love this How To Make Sock Puppets project. In a few steps, they can create and personalise a whole group of quirky sock puppet characters. Great fun to play with, for storytelling and for putting on a puppet show!

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To begin, you will to gather all your supplies. Choose your sock of choice – it doesn’t have to be a plain sock too! Printed socks are extra fun! Also choose some coloured felt to match. Grab some pom pom balls, a bit of wool and wadding. You’ll also need some gaffer tape, cardboard, a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun.

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First, cut your cardboard into two semi-circles. This is going to make the mouth of your puppet, so cut a size that will fit well with your sock size.

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Use gaffer tape to tape the two semi-circles together loosely. You want these pieces to fold over nicely as you use your puppet to talk. Cut any excess gaffer tape off.

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Next, grab two pieces of wadding that is roughly the same size as your semi circles. You will then need to glue the wadding in half – easiest to add glue to half the wadding and folding it over.

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Do this to both pieces of wadding.

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Then you will glue the wadding to your cardboard.

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Cut around any excess wadding so that it is in line with the shape of your circle.

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Fold in half with the wadding facing the outside.

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Next, turn your sock inside out and apply some glue to the bottom half of your circle.

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Glue your sock along the seam to the bottom half of your circle.

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And turn your sock inside out.

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Now that you have shape of our sock puppet, its time to give it some personality. Add glue to the inside of your sock puppet mouth.

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Glue a piece of circle-shaped felt into the inside of the mouth. Fold over to crease. You can add another darker piece of felt to the inside – this is a smaller circle shape with a U-shape cut out of the top. This gives it a more life-like impression when talking.

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Make some pom pom eyes with pom poms and felt. We used a slight moon-shape for our eyes.

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Add glue to the top of the sock puppet and stick on the pom pom eyes.

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Next, glue on some wool whiskers. We’ve used a few strands of wool and tied them in the middle to keep them together.

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Add on a pom pom nose with a bit of glue.

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Then you’ll need to cut out some pom pom ears. Use two different coloured pieces of felt – one smaller size and one bigger size of the same shape – to act as the inner and outer parts of the ear.

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Glue these ears onto the sock puppet head behind its eyes.

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And now all you need is a bit of imagination – and maybe a funny voice or two – to bring your new sock puppet to like. Make a pair and put on a performance!

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Happy crafting!