I had seen clothespin puppets before (thank you, Pinterest!) but I admit, they always looked a bit too tricky. Perhaps I was just browsing the more elaborate varieties. But when I received an activity booklet from Apple and Eve that included an adorable yet totally do-able-looking version, I just had to give them a try!
- Colored cardstock or construction paper (any color)
- Clothespins (Ours came from our friends at CraftProjectIdeas.com; you can also check the dollar store)
- Googly eyes (the self-adhesive ones are a sanity-saver!)
- Glue (any glue will work, but the glue gun will dry quickest and most securely)
I also added some triangle shapes for festive hats (my original idea was to clip these on birthday gifts. I didn't count on Kay not being willing to part with any of them!) Finally, some zigzag teeth, also cut from cardstock, to round off our paper shapes. (The teeth are probably my favorite part!)
Start by cutting the circles in half. Add on the googly eyes and any accessories (Hats? Crowns? Teeth? All of the above? Go for it - the sillier the better!)
If you're using school glue or a glue stick, you'll need to let it dry first. But if you've opted for the glue gun, you're ready to continue. Add glue to the top part of the clothespin and gently place the top half of your silly monster. The important part is to keep the top half of the circle flush with the clothespin, so that when you add the bottom half it will open and close easily.
Another tip to keep in mind - you don't want to put too much extra glue. It may possibly have happened that I ended up doing just that and gluing the clothespins shut. Yes, it happened and I'm not too proud to admit it!
Add the bottom half of the circle onto the bottom part of the clothespin in the same way.
Random aside: Is it just me or does the green guy remind you of Oscar the Grouch, too? Perhaps I've just been watching too much Sesame Street with the 2 year old!
When it's dry, you're ready for some puppet action!
I honestly can't say which was more fun - making these or playing with them after.
They didn't last long - especially those ones that I made first while still getting the hang of the technique. But they are super-cute!