Made Sock Puppets
These puppets are so cheap and easy to make.
You can add all kinds of features to make an endless array of puppets.
Save your old socks and socks with no mates or look for used
socks and accessories in second hand stores.
you will need: sock, hot melt glue gun, pink or
red felt, card board from cereal box or thicker card
board, chalk, scissors and paper, googly eyes, and
anything else you would like to add.
1. Print out the mouth pattern and cut out the shape
from card board such as card board from a cereal box
or card board that is a little thicker. Fold the mouth piece
in half. (Make pointy mouth pieces for animals with
pointy noses such as snakes, and wolves.)
Insert the folded mouth piece into the sock so that the curved ends
are facing the toe end of the sock. If it is too big, cut the piece smaller
to fit so that it doesn't stretch the sock too much. Place your hand in the
sock as shown in Picture A so that it is comfortable. Mark on the sock
with chalk 1/2" beyond the end of the mouth piece. Cut off the end of
the sock where marked.
Remove your hand and flatten out the sock so that the heal of the sock
is on top.
Cut away the extra sock material around the rounded part of the card board mouth
piece 1/2" from the edge. See Picture B.
Fold open the toe end of the sock and the card board mouth piece.
The mouth piece should be laying on top of the sock with the top toe
end of the sock folded up. See Picture C. Place a drop of hot melt
glue in the center of the lower edge of the mouth piece. Shown in
picture C with an X.
Pull the edge of the sock material over the edge
of the card board piece and press it in place being careful not to burn
yourself. See Picture D. Place another dot of glue on the top edge of
the mouth piece and pull the edge of the sock over the mouth piece
and press down. Place glue all the way around the edge of the mouth piece
a little bit at a time pulling the sock material over the mouth piece
and pressing it down as you go.
Cut another mouth piece from pink or red felt for the mouth. Cut it to
the card board mouth piece and cover the edge just a little. Glue it down.
Cut out a tongue piece and glue it inside the mouth. To add other features
stuff the sock puppet with scrap material to make the puppet firm.
Glue on ears, eyes, teeth, and other features.