HOW TO MAKE A FINGER PUPPET FROM A GLOVE:
This is a very easy, quick-to-make puppet. Only five minutes of sewing is required—just to gather the neckline of the dress! The back seam of the dress can be sewed or glued. Most of the puppet is glued. The pipe cleaner in the sleeves makes the arms bendable.
- Cut a fingertip from a tan coloured glove. If unable to find a glove this colour you can paint one.
- Stuff the top part with fiberfill. This forms the puppet head.
- Tie a wire or pipe cleaner very firmly at the “neck.”
- For the finger-holder, cut a piece of cardboard 3”x 2” (8cm x 5cm). Form into a tube to fit the finger. Tape the edges together.
- Glue the head into this cardboard tube.
- For the robe cut fabric 7” (18 cm) x 4.5” (11.5 cm). If your fabric is fleece it needs no hems and thus you can cut it slightly smaller than these measurements.
- Fold up the bottom “hem” and glue it in place. Fold down the top “hem” but do not glue it.
- Sew or glue the back seam of the robe, forming it into a tube. Gather the robe at the neck edge using a long, running stitch.
- Tie the thread ends together at the back and knot securely. Glue the robe to the neck.
TO MAKE THE SLEEVES:
- Cut fabric 5.5” (14 cm) x 3” (7.5 cm).
- Fold up all the raw edges. Glue in place. (For fleece you do not need to do this step.)
- Fold the sleeve in half lengthwise with the right sides of the fabric together.
- Lightly mark the centre-line (with pencil) on the wrong side of the fabric.
- Place a strip of glue along this line.
- Place a pipe cleaner on this line.
- Cut out two tiny tan coloured felt hands and glue to the wrong side of the sleeve.
- Fold over the sleeves lengthwise and glue together.
- Glue the sleeve to the back of the figure.
TO FINISH THE PUPPET:
Add yarn hair and facial features. I used embroidery stitches (French knots) but you can use bits of felt or other trims. Moses’ shawl is a strip of felt 2″(5 cm) x 8″(20 cm). His beard is made from unspun yarn known as “roving” but yarn would work just as well. Roving is available online and in some yarn and craft specialty stores.
TO MAKE THE COMMANDMENTS:
Make two: For each commandment cut two layers of felt 2.25″ (6 cm) x 1.25″ (3 cm). Round off the top corners as illustrated in the photograph. Glue or sew together. For the writing, use felt pen markings or straight black stitches.
Miriam is watching over baby Moses. His basket is made from an egg carton. The baby is made from a peanut!
- Copy the pattern for Miriam on card stock. Colour and cut out.
- Cut out an egg carton cup and paint it brown.
- Add yellow-coloured paper strips to the basket to form hay.
- The baby is a peanut, painted skin-colour. It can also be left unpainted. The eyes are drawn with felt pen.
- The baby is wrapped in a blanket of white felt.
- In case of peanut allergies, the baby can be made from an ice cream spoon.
There are two versions of the Miriam figure, one for colouring and one for making a collage: To make a collage, cut out the interior portion of the hood. Glue a small piece of flesh-coloured paper behind the hood. This forms the face. Add felt pen facial features. Glue the hood to the robe. Using a black felt pen, draw lines on the collage according to the photograph.
TO MAKE A STAND FOR ANY STAND-UP FIGURE:
- Cut a piece of cardboard (a cereal box will work fine) approximately 1.4” (3 cm) x 7” (19cm).
- Draw a line 2” (5 cm) from the bottom edge of the cardboard strip.
- Fold this edge and bend it back.
- Glue or tape the back of the strip to the figure. The 2” section is not glued. It stands on the table and enables the figure to stand up. See the photo at the bottom of this page for further explanation.
- NOTE: These measurements are flexible. Change them to suit the size and height of your figure. For a stand for Miriam the measurements would be smaller than this.
MOSES IN FELT BASKET
Here is a super-easy and fun way to make a Moses basket. The result is a sturdy, rigid Moses basket! This craft can also be used to form a Baby Jesus for a Nativity scene.
- Form an egg-shaped piece of play-dough the size you want the basket to be. This will be the mould for the basket.
- Cover it with plastic wrap.
- Cut out a square of beige felt to cover the egg shape.
- Wet it thoroughly and squeeze out the excess moisture. Drape it over the egg shape and secure it at the base with an elastic band.
- Brush on STIFFY (a fabric stiffener) or you can use a mixture of three-quarters white glue and one quarter water. Wipe off any excess. Let it dry overnight.
- Remove the elastic band and turn the “basket” over, right side up. It is now firm and rigid!
- Cut the edges of the felt shape (fringe it if you like) to form the basket
- TO MAKE THE BABY MOSES: As a head you can use a peanut, a wooden bead or spoon; wrap it in a “blanket”. Draw eyes with magic marker. For the head you can also use the fingertip of a beige glove which is stuffed with fiberfill and tied at the “neck.” If you don’t have a beige glove you can paint one.
WHITE FELT SHEEP
- Trace the pattern for the sheep body on to white felt.
- Cut out two layers. Add fiberfill stuffing.
- Glue or sew the edges together.
- Paint Q-tips black to form legs. Break in half and glue to the back of the
- Make a black felt face according to the pattern. Add felt ears and white felt eyes.
This quick puppet is made from a jumbo craft stick. Arms are glued on.
- Paint a jumbo craft stick according to the photograph. Add facial features.
- Trace the pattern for the hair on to brown construction paper. Cut out. Cut the slit according to the pattern so that the stick is inserted through the slit to secure the hair to the head.
- Copy out the pattern for the arms on to cardstock. Paint the same colour as the stick. Cut out and glue to the back of the stick.
- Trace the pattern for the hands on to tan construction paper. Cut out and glue to the back of the sleeves according to the photograph.
- Add trim.
Children will enjoy re-telling the story of Queen Esther using stone figures they have made. Don’t the “noses” make them look real?
- Wash and dry the stones.
- Glue on small stones for the noses. Paint the faces in the skin colour of your choice.
- Glue on curly yarn beards and hair for King Xerxes and Mordecai. Follow photo directions below for instructions on how to make the curly yarn. You need only make a very small knitted swatch for these stone figures. You can also use plain yarn, of course!
- For Haman: paint the top part of his head to indicate headgear. Glue a piece of painted cord around the headgear according to the photograph.
- For Esther: glue strands of yarn to the head. Her collar is made from a length of checked ribbon which has been gathered (make a running stitch with a doubled thread along one edge of the ribbon). Knot the ends of the gathered thread tightly. Glue the collar to the neck. Her mouth is made from a 1/8″ hole puncher.
If you know anyone who knits (at the most basic level!) they can make this swatch in about 10 minutes! And–it makes lots of wonderful curly hair. Slather the head with glue and squish on the curls! You will love the results!