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MOSES: FINGER PUPPET AND COMMANDMENTS

THIS IS A VERY EASY-TO-MAKE PUPPET!

OF COURSE MOSES HAD TWO COMMANDMENTS, but for photographic purposes, we used only one commandment! (It looked better that way!) You can glue the felt commandment to the robe if you wish.

The puppet’s head is made from the fingertip of a glove which is stuffed with polyester stuffing and inserted into a cardboard tube, sized to fit the child’s finger. The entire puppet can be glued except for the gathering of the neckline which must be sewn. Follow the photo instructions to make the puppet. Moses’ beard can be made from yarn. I used unspun wool for this puppet.

TO MAKE THE FELT MOTIF: Cut 2 layers of felt from the pattern. Glue the edges together after inserting a small amount of polyester stuffing. Add details from small felt pieces or felt pen.

TO MAKE THE HEAD-PIECE: Cut felt or fleece 7″(18cm) x 2″(5cm). Arrange the shawl on the puppet’s head according to the photo. Secure with a pipecleaner around the crown of the head.

TO MAKE THE ROBE: Cut out fabric 5.5″(14cm) x 3″(7.5cm) for the SLEEVE and 8″(20cm) x 4.5″(11cm) for the ROBE. All the hems can be glued or sewn, whichever you wish. As you can see from the photo there is only one sleeve and it is glued or sewn to the middle of the back of the robe. Generous hems are allowed for the robe. Fold over the neckline hem (no sewing or gluing) before gathering by hand-stitching.

 

YOU BEGIN BY CUTTING OFF THE FINGERTIP OF A GLOVE! This forms the head of the puppet.

 

A PIPECLEANER, GLUED TO THE MIDDLE OF THE SLEEVE, MAKES THE ARMS BENDABLE. Don’t forget to add tiny felt hands! They are glued to the inside of the sleeve before the 2 long sides are glued together.

You can use yarn to make hair or a beard.

JONAH AND THE WHALE: finger puppet

 

THIS IS A VERY EASY-TO-MAKE PUPPET!

The entire puppet can be glued except for the gathering of the neckline which must be sewed.

The puppet’s head is made from the fingertip of a glove which is stuffed with polyester stuffing. Follow the photo instructions to make the puppet.

TO MAKE THE FELT MOTIF: cut 2 layers of felt from the desired pattern. Glue the edges together after inserting a small amount of polyester stuffing. Add details with felt or felt pen. The motif is attached to the glove by means of Velcro.

TO MAKE THE HEAD SHAWL: Cut felt or fleece 7″(18cm) x 2″(5cm). Arrange the shawl on the puppet’s head according to the photo. Secure with a piece of a pipc cleaner around the crown of the head.

TO MAKE THE ROBE: Cut out fabric 5.5″(14cm) x 3″(7.5cm) for the SLEEVE and 8″(20cm) x 4.5″(11cm) for the ROBE. All the hems can be glued or sewn. If you don’t sew glue works fine! As you can see from the photo, there is only one long sleeve and it is glued (or sewn)to the back of the robe.

 

YOU BEGIN BY CUTTING OFF THE FINGERTIP OF THE GLOVE! This will form the head of the puppet.

 

 

A PIPECLEANER, GLUED ALONG THE MIDDLE OF THE SLEEVE, makes the arm bendable!

The arms can be glued to the back of the robe instead of sewn. Don’t forget to add tiny felt hands! The seam of the robe can also be glued. The entire arm can be glued as shown in the photograph. The child first puts on a glove and then inserts the puppet onto the glove. The cardboard tube serves as a finger holder. It is also the body of the puppet! Yarn can be used to form the hair or the beard of the puppet.

 

 

MRS. NOAH:

The Mrs. Noah puppet is made from a plastic spoon. Don’t you like her dress with the SMART PLEAT IN THE FRONT? It gives a nice, tailored look. The skirt is glued to the bodice. She is one happy lady to have come through the flood in one piece! And don’t forget to make Florence, Mrs. Noah’s beloved cat!

Mrs. Noah is made from a plastic spoon!

  1. Make her two-piece dress from the pattern below:
  2. Cut out the patterns. Make a vertical pleat down the centre of the skirt part.
  3. Make small hands and glue to the back of the sleeves.
  4. Glue the skirt to the bodice.
  5. Paint the “face” of the spoon. Paint on the hair. Add a paper “bun” to complete the hair-do.
  6. Glue the dress to the face as shown in the photograph.

 

 

O HOLY NIGHT: CRECHE

 

The crib is made from an egg carton cup which is adorned with yellow paper strips. Jesus is made from a peanut or a small stone (which is glued to a wad of cotton batting). The infant is wrapped in white felt or fleece.

JOSEPH: Spoon Doll Puppet

 

Make a JOSEPH PUPPET from a plastic spoon!

Joseph’s robe is glued on to the spoon. Note the vertical pleat down the centre! This gives the robe a smart, tailored look and is so easy to do!

TO MAKE THE SPOON PUPPET:

  1. Paint the head of the spoon in a skin colour.
  2. Print out the robe, colour and cut out.
  3.  Crease the front, lengthwise, to form a pleat. This adds some texture and dimension to the garment.
  4. Glue the robe to the head of the figure slightly above the chin level.
  5. Add facial features.

TO MAKE THE HEAD-PIECE:

Cut out fabric 2″ (5cm) x 8″ (20cm). Fold in half lengthwise. The folded part should face the front and the raw edge should face the back. Glue the head-piece to the crown of the head as shown in the photo. Tie a pipe cleaner around the head.

 

 

PHARAOH: PAPER DOLL

MAKE PHARAOH AS A BOY!

Use a “wooden-people” doll, widely and inexpensively available in craft stores, or make your own from cardboard from the pattern below. The robe and head-piece are glued on.  Or: You can make several outfits and use Velcro dots to “glue” them on to the boy.

Print out the patterns of the boy, the robe and the headpiece. The boy pattern should be printed out on card stock. Colour and cut out. The clothing can be glued on to the figure or more than one outfit could be made and Velcro dots can be used to “glue” the garments to the figure. (Note: as is evident these patterns are used for other crafts as well!)

QUEEN ESTHER SPOON DOLL

QUEEN ESTHER SPOON DOLL PUPPET
Queen Esther is made from a plastic spoon. Just print out the dress and glue onto the spoon. You might want to make more than one dress—in that case glue on Velcro dots to the doll and the dress to change outfits. You might even want to have a CONTEST: “DESIGN A GOWN FOR QUEEN ESTHER!”

 

 

HOW TO MAKE THE PUPPET:
1. Paint the face of the spoon. Add eyes and a mouth. Glue on yarn hair. You can also paint on the hair. Add hands.
2. Print out the dress pattern. Colour, cut out and add buttons, bows, and trims of your choice. Add a crown.

 

PHARAOH AS A YOUNG BOY

An easy-to-make young Pharaoh. If you want to make it even easier you can, instead, buy the lightweight wooden “people dolls” widely available in craft stores. An added bonus: they are inexpensive! You can also make your own boy figure from the pattern provided here.

HOW TO MAKE THE PHARAOH:
1. Print out the pattern for the boy, the robe and the headpiece. NOTE: The pattern for the boy should be cut out and traced onto card stock (heavier paper) or cardboard. Colour and cut out the boy.
2. Cut out and colour the clothing. Glue onto the boy.

NOTE: Use the patterns below for the boy, the robe, and the Pharaoh’s headpiece.

 

 

DANIEL AND THE LIONS

 

Make the finger puppets of Daniel and the lions from tubes of paper or cardboard (from a cereal box) to fit the child’s finger. To begin, first wrap a rectangle of cardboard or paper around the child’s finger to find out how large or small to make the tube. Next step: tape the ends together to form a tube shape.

 

HOW TO MAKE THE LIONS:

1. Paint the TUBES OF PAPER yellow.

2. Paint a 1.25″(3cm) circle for the face. Add a mouth and googly eyes. Glue to the tube.

3. The mane is a mini cupcake liner which is glued to the back of the face. You can cut into the mane with scissors to make it look more “mane-like.” Glue the face and mane to the wrapper.

NOTE: To make the puppets’ faces you can purchase circular disks (for the face) at any craft store. Or make your own!
HOW TO MAKE DANIEL:

1. Paint the paper tubes. Paint a 1.25″(3cm) circle for his face. Add a mouth and googly eyes. Glue to the wrapper.

2. To make Daniel’s headpiece: Cut a piece of fabric 3″(8cm) x 7″(17.5cm). Fold in half lengthwise. Drape the headpiece over the head and glue in place. Tie a pipe cleaner around the head. Make sure the folded part is facing the front (rather than the ragged edge part).