How to Make Felt Finger Puppets
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How to Easily Make Valentines Finger PuppetsΒ 

I cannot believe it’s already halfway through January. This past holiday season flew. Thanksgiving sprang up on me, and then Christmas – I was still running around buying gifts a few days prior, which is really unlike me.

Now that it’s a new year, I’m getting back to my old ways and getting myself organized ahead of time. There’s so just so much unnecessary stress when you are running behind.

That being said, I’ve already been working on this year’s Valentine’s Day crafts! Wahoo!

And, this is a good one – Valentines felt finger puppets!

They are so simple and so cute – it’s the perfect Valentine’s activity for kids. Not to mention, I made them from scrap materials.

My son is a little obsessed with nursery rhymes – Wheels on the Bus, Hot Cross Buns, and most recently a song called “The Finger Family,” which essentially uses finger puppets for family members. He sings it probably about 50 times a day.

The other day he took off all the marker caps and placed them on his fingers and started singing “Mommy Finger, Mommy Finger, Where are you?”Before I chimed in with, “Here I am, Here I am, How do you do? (I’m not helping the obsession), I realized he needed some real finger puppets.

I thought about using photos and using our family – or just drawing some pictures with him – but then I thought I could tie it into a fun Valentine’s Day activity.

How to Make Animal Finger Puppets out of FeltMaking Felt Finger Puppets

It would have been super simple to use the fingers on a pair of gloves – but gloves are way too precious around here.

So, I used my go-to material – felt.

I was determined to use all scraps for this project – and I successfully did so. I didn’t spend a penny.

Felt Finger Puppet Materials:

  • One sheet of felt
  • Card stock/construction paper
  • Sharpie/markers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Regular glue

Steps for Making Felt Finger Puppets

I used just one sheet of felt for all ten fingers. Then, I liberally traced my pointer finger eight times and my thumb twice.

After, I cut slits in between each of the traced fingers, so I could quickly fold them up (to be double sided) after I hot glued them. This worked like a charm.

Here’s a picture I quickly snapped of going over the outline with hot glue – and then folding it up.

How to Make Felt Finger PuppetsNext, I cut off the excess felt. This took a little patience, since the glue/outline was inside. I roughly cut them and then ended up putting my pinky finger in each puppet and then carefully cutting off any additional excess.

​I now had one hand ready to go πŸ™‚

How to Make Felt Finger PuppetsAt this point, my son was begging to play with them. He was so excited about the finger puppets that I didn’t have the heart to say no.

So, I gave him these five and decided to make a second hand.

After both hands were done, it was time to get creative with heart-shaped animals.

I used a small cookie cutter to get the shape of the heart perfect and consistent for all of the fingers. It worked out really well πŸ™‚

How to Make Felt Finger PuppetsBefore I knew it, I had a frog, chicken, penguin, panda, fox, lady bug, fish, fox, bunny, and a dog/mouse that was originally a bear.

You can see in the top of the picture (below) that I used garage sale stickers to put some quick faces on the puppets while my son waited for the animals.

How to Make Animal Finger Puppets Out of FeltDecorating the Felt Finger Puppets

You can be as creative as you like making the felt finger puppets. Aside from the cookie cutter, I cut the rest of the hearts freehand.

One of those heart paper punches would have been perfect for this – but I was determined to make this a no-cost project πŸ™‚

I also had some heart stickers lying around, but I liked using the card stock colors and patterns. I put some googly eyes on the lady bug – they were a little big – but it shows how you can incorporate some other crafty materials, too.

After the animals were done, I hot glued each to a finger puppet – and voila! We had an Animal Finger Family.

How to Make Animal Felt Finger PuppetsMy favorite is the chicken. It turned out so cute πŸ™‚

​Here are a few more close-ups:How to Make Animal Felt Finger PuppetsHow to Make Animal Finger Puppets Out of FeltFor longevity, you could laminate the animals (before the googly eyes and before gluing to the finger puppet), making the felt finger puppets more durable. You could do this either with a home laminator or using packaging tape.

​I’ve used both, and each works well πŸ™‚

Making Felt Finger Puppets - Easy Tutorial

And my son, well he LOVED these puppets. Needless to say, all we’ve been hearing is “Froggie finger, Froggie finger, where are you?”

And of course, we keep the song going πŸ™‚

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99 Comments

  1. Those are so stinkin cute! You’re right, the chicken is adorable, but I love the tongue on the frog, too. Definitely going to have to check out my craft supply stash to see if I can get some of these made for the little one.

  2. Those are adorable! I love how you incorporated hearts for all their little features. Very creative.

  3. What a great idea! My daughter LOVES arts and crafts, but I’m not so good at them. It’s wonderful to find such a helpful, do-able idea! : )

  4. These are so cute! I love them! My two-year-old has some from IKEA, but I would love to add to his collection with homemade ones! Thanks for sharing your cute idea!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! They are so easy to make πŸ™‚ And you can use all sorts of themes πŸ™‚

  5. Eileen this is such a super cute idea. And the addition of the hearts was smart thinking. I know your little one will enjoy playing with these for a long time.

  6. Adorable! And so wonderful to meet you on craft schooling sunday, I hope you’ll continue to join the party with such cute projects!

  7. All geared up for Valentines day! These puppets are adorable and Love the colours you have chosen to make them.

  8. These are darling! My girls are constantly singing “the finger family” song too. It never seems to get old! Pinned and sharing. Thanks for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week.

  9. These are so cute – I love the little penguin! I remember my mum making finger puppets with me, but I’ve not done it with my little boy yet – I’m not sure if he’s a bit old now, but I think he’d like making them. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  10. These are the cutest finger puppets, my great grandson would love these!!
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  11. These are adorable, Eileen! My daughter has been really into putting on puppet shows for us lately (with full hand size puppets), so I bet she would LOVE these. And what a fun craft to do together. πŸ™‚ Love it!

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