Making Stick Puppets

November 20, 2006

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a delightful turkey stick puppet, that doubles as a fan. It's quick, easy, and you probably have all the materials right at home.


Crafting Time: approximately 30 minutes

What You Need:

  • construction paper in orange, yellow, and brown
  • a tiny bit of red crepe paper streamer or tissue paper
  • hole punch
  • a paint stir stick, or something similar
  • craft glue


  1. Trace half a dinner plate on orange paper and half a salad plate on yellow paper. Cut these shapes out. Glue the yellow half circle to the orange one.
  2. Draw and cut a turkey head and body shape, it's a simple bowling pin shape, from brown paper.
  3. Punch two holes in the head section for eyes. You can also draw on two eyes with marker.
  4. Glue the body to the center of the yellow and orange half circles.
  5. Cut a diamond shape from yellow paper and fold it in half to make the beak. Glue the back half of the beak to the turkey's head just below the eyes. The beak will open.
  6. Cut a small strip of red crepe paper streamer or tissue paper for the turkey's wattle. Glue the end of this just above the beak, so the will hang down over the beak.
  7. Draw and cut two turkey feet from orange paper. Glue these to the bottom of the turkey's body, facing upward, so it appears as though the turkey is sitting down.
  8. Glue a paint stir stick to the back of the turkey to make a puppet.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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Children can have great fun both making and playing with these easy puppets. You don't have to use exactly the same materials as I do. For instance, thread, string, or yarn can be used for the hair and beads or jewels can be used for the eyes or you can even just draw them.

green stick puppet with yellow pipe cleaner arms

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September 8, 2005

Round-headed peg clothespins have been a quick crafts staple for decades - so much so that many crafting supply companies package them as 'crafting pins' or some similar name.

Clothespin Puppets

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A fun little project to make and to play with. Draw and cut a mitten shape from construction paper. Glue on large wiggle eyes, or you can make eyes from white paper and black marker to glue on.

stick puppet in the shape of a mitten with face

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February 25, 2015

How do you make Popsicle stick puppets?

By Emma from Seattle, WA


May 30, 20180 found this helpful

These are fun to make and you can use scraps of paper and fabrics to keep it an inexpensive project!

Here is one nice link with instructions

Pinterest has so many ideas ... Found by the phase in your search engine

popsicle puppet making Pinterest

If you like video learning YouTube has lots of choices!

Boy do I wish I had these sources when I was a camp counselor back in the day!!

Have fun with it!

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

The easiest way is to make figures out of construction paper and glue or tape them to the stick.

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