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Moveable Craft Stick Puppets – of your kids!!

I’m delighted to introduce you to another creativemama friend from my upcoming craft ebook. The lovely Jane Kohlenstein of Buzzmills is such a sweetheart and spends her days literally buzzin from all the crafting, cooking and creating she does with and for her daughter and son. Jane loves to sew and makes the most delicious clothes for her kids – be inspired by a trip to her blog.

The project Jane is sharing with us today is one filled with the promise of hours and hours of imaginative storytelling –  that is after the giggles of making have subsided :)
This is a perfectly simple craft for your kids to try their hands with some photography, printing, cutting and gluing. Photograph the kids in a variety of outfits, hairstyles and of course expressions for endless story options – crafting at it’s funniest!

Take it away Jane….

moveable craft stick puppets kids craft

moveable craft stick puppets kids craft

Hi there!  I’m Jane and I blog over at Buzzmills where you will often find me sharing a variety of sewing projects, but my two children also like to get in on the creative fun and love to craft, create and sew with me as well, so really it’s a balance of creativity between us all!

Today, I am so excited to be here on mollymoo and to share this super fun project with you –  moveable craft stick puppets! It’s one of those projects that’s been floating around in my head for quite some time so I’m glad to finally get it out there in the open!

This project is pretty quick, doesn’t require too many supplies, and it will surely give you loads of entertainment afterward.

To get started here is what you will need:
– photos of you, your child, your pet, etc…
– cardstock
– scissors
– mini brads (split pins)
– craft sticks
– tape

Begin by taking photographs of the people (or pets) that you’d like to turn into puppets. For people it’s best to have them stand with their arms out to their side and legs slightly spread apart, this makes it easier to cut out. Once you’ve taken your photos upload them to your computer, edit and print as large as you can (fill the entire page with each puppet) onto a piece of cardstock.

moveable craft stick puppets kids craft

Carefully, cut your ‘puppets’ out.

Let’s get our puppets moving…

Cut puppets apart at joints such as knees, shoulders, and elbows. I cut the head for some of my puppets, but also left it attached for others.

Reattach joints using your mini brads. Lay the main body of your puppets on top of the unattached limbs, carefully poke a small hole through both the main body and loose piece where you will be reattaching. Insert your mini brads (split pins) through the holes and now you have movable joints!

After making the joints I moved them around and carefully rounded off the edges in all directions. Once you’ve reattached all pieces to make move-able joints tape a craft stick to the back of your puppet and then play, play, play!

Have fun playing with your new puppets and putting on fun puppet shows for all the family to enjoy!

moveable craft stick puppets kids craft

moveable craft stick puppets kids craft


My kids had a blast watching their photos come to ‘puppet-life’ and then had even more fun putting on a fantastic puppet show for me…one in which they went for a walk to the nature center and ran into a forest of fairies!

moveable craft stick puppets kids craft

There are so many ways to have fun with these movable photo puppets! I see entire families of puppets, perhaps even giving them as gifts!

I hope you enjoyed this project! For some more creative kids crafts check out these soft toys made from her childrens’ drawings, fun scrappy fabric bowlsnature crowns and hockey stick horses!  We love to create something little everyday in our home whether it’s sewn, crafted, planted or explored and imagined…it’s what gets us through the day and fulfills us!

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