Do you like to tell and act out stories at home? If the answer is “yes,” know that you have just found the perfect game to entertain the little ones. Using just a sock, a few buttons and a little creativity, you’ll be able to create a character that’s up to the cartoons. Want to know how to make a sock puppet, check out this guide step by step that we, from umCOMO, have prepared. Let’s get to work!
Take notes and find out how to make an easy sock puppetwhich can be dressed and customised according to the occasion.
Steps to follow:
Before we start teaching you how to make a sock puppet easy and quick, you should gather all the necessary material to be able to start this activity. Here, we will teach you a simple version, so that the materials you will need are easy to find and probably most of them you already have at home.
After all, who doesn’t have an old sock whose date is missing? Or, who doesn’t have at home a button that has never been used and some pieces of wool? Surely some family member or close friend will help you find the necessary materials so that you can make your own sock puppet without complications.
The material needed to start the step by step of how to make a sock puppet is this:
- A sock (can be white or colored, depending on whether you want to make a specific animal or character);
- Needle and thread;
- 2 buttons;
- Leftover wool;
- Colored felt (in this case we will use red, but you can choose the color you want);
- Fabric glue;
As you already know, these are the basic elements to do sock puppetbut any other adaptations you’d like to make are very welcome. Use your imagination and what you already know pleases the little ones!
To begin with, you must resort to a used sock that is no longer useful, old or even torn, as from today it will have a new life: it will become a fun puppet! The sock puppets are generally wide so that they can be easily manipulated with the hand, so it is the only thing we recommend that you keep in mind in relation to the sock you are going to choose.
First, cut a piece of felt to make the puppet’s mouth: in that case, we decided to bet on red colourWe will try to make a more realistic mouth which, when opened by the doll, will become more attractive.
You can cut a piece of felt like a rectangle, but with the edges more rounded. Then stick your mouth on the sock with special fabric glue. Remember that the mouth should be at the back of the sock, that is, between the toes and the heel. If you want to make a more elaborate puppet, you can cut the felt in the shape of lips, and glue the mouth to the front of the sock with special glue.
Next, we recommend that you create your sock puppet’s hair using wool. You can choose the wool of the color you like best, or you can use the wool scraps you have at home, even if they are of different colors. Remember that this must be a original and personalized puppet…which means anything goes!
To cut your hair, wrap a piece of wool around your fingers a few times, always remembering that the more you wrap it, the more hair will come out. Once you’ve done this, tie a knot at the top end and then cut the strands at the bottom end to split your puppet’s hair.
Following the instructions on how to make a half step puppetyou must prepare the thread and the needle. Why? Because the time has come to sew the wool and perfect the hair of your puppet. Sew the hair on the front and top of the stocking, according to what you yourself consider best regarding the effect of the hair.
It is worth remembering that, with supervision, it is possible to include children in the process of making the sock puppetbecause it’s also a fun part of the game.
Then choose two buttons that are the same or similar so that they simulate your eyes and remember that they can be the size and color you want. Once you have chosen, sew them on the front, just below the woolen hair.
If you don’t have buttons, write down this trick: you can use a pen or cloth pen to make two stitches that simulate the eyes of the sock puppet and also the nose. You can also glue plastic eyes, which you can find in any arts and crafts store.
Off you go! We already have our sock puppet prepared so you can tell stories or do little theater at home. As it is a very simple manual work, we invite you to do different designs with different hair and colors, so you can play with the whole family and vary the stories.
Remember that creating a sock puppet is very simple and allows you to decorate it any way you like! Be sure to use the special fabric glue so that all these complements are well-fixed to the stocking.
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