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How to Make Sock Puppets with Kids, Cheap Easy Fun [video]

How to Make Your Own Sock Puppet

Making Sock Puppets is Cheap and Really Fun!

Looking for a fun project to do with your kids? This has to be my favorite by far, making a sock puppet. Not only will you bond while manufacturing your puppet, but you and your child can have hours of interactive fun creating new personalities and events for each creation.

You and Making Sock Puppets

Item you will need to make a Sock Puppet at home

Item you will need to make a Sock Puppet at home

How to Start Making Your Puppet Assembly

Use your imagination here. Because you don't have yarn scraps around, it doesn't mean you can't make a sock puppet. Maybe your sock puppet is bald, or has drawn-on hair. Or maybe your puppet has colorful strips of fabric hair.Your puppet hairdo is only limited by your creative mind.

I often make fun teeth out of simple little bits of fabric cut to a scallop shape and then glued into the mouth. Add a tongue to your puppets mouth for a little floppy fun! If you can imagine it, it can become part of your sock puppet design!

Here is a Basic list of what you will need

  • Old Sock (stains and holes can add personality, but make sure the socks are clean)
  • Scissors
  • Marker pen (or any writing utensil)
  • Hot glue or fabric glue (Hot glue requires adult supervision—they call it "hot" for a good reason! Fabric glue takes much longer to set)
  • A piece of cardboard to fit the size of your hand
  • Felt scrap big enough to fit on the piece of cardboard you just cut
  • Material to make eye balls (puff balls, buttons, little stones from the yard, anything your creative mind can imagine can become an eye)
  • Scrap Yarn or material strips (this makes for a good sock puppet hairdo)
  • Scrap materials of color to give your puppet fashion and personality

Building a Puppet Friend

(The video at the top shows these steps clearly, making it even easier to create your own funny Sock Puppet!)

Gather together all of the materials that you will be using. Plug in your hot glue gun (if using one) so it can heat up, make sure you have back-up glue sticks. Place some kind of protective cover over your work surface so you don't get any glue or scrapes on it.

  1. Pick your sock.
  2. Trace your hand size onto the cardboard using a marker, cut to an oval shape. Fold it in half evenly to form a mouth shape comfortable to your hand. Flatten the cardboard out again.
  3. Trim the felt so it fits the shape of the cardboard cutout.
  4. Cut a straight line at the tip of the sock (where your toes go) to create an opening for the puppets mouth.
  5. Run a bead of Hot Glue along the cardboard's outer edge and then glue it into the opening you just cut at the tip of the sock. Do this by folding ½" to ¾" of the sock material over the glue on the cardboard edge. Be careful, the glue is really hot!
  6. Glue the felt piece onto the cardboard, make sure you glue it so it covers the folded edges of the sock you just glued to cardboard cutout. Set aside.
  7. Glue a center shape onto a larger puffball (you're creating pupils for the eyeballs)
  8. Pull the sock puppet onto your hand so you know where the eyes are going to look the best when glued in place. You can mark the spot using the pen. Glue the eyeballs in place on your puppets head.
  9. Add hair and a nose, or any other accessories like glasses, teeth, a tie, a shirt, jewelry, or anything else your puppets needs!
  10. Slide your sock puppet onto your arm and let the fun begin!

HOT GLUE TRIVIA

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. When was hot glue created?
    • When cavemen discovered fire
    • In 1970
    • In 1940
  2. Why was hot glue created?
    • To make arts and crafts easier
    • As an improvement to water-based adhesives that were failing in humid climates.
    • To use up stores of glue
  3. Why is hot glue a top choice for arts and crafts workers?
    • Because it sticks to an abundantly wide range of materials
    • It is easy to find at the grocery store
    • It taste great
  4. Who is responsible for creating hot glue?
    • Betty Crocker
    • Joe Sticky, who worked as a horse rancher
    • A chemical and packaging engineer who worked for Procter & Gamble named, Paul Cope.

Answer Key

  1. In 1940
  2. As an improvement to water-based adhesives that were failing in humid climates.
  3. Because it sticks to an abundantly wide range of materials
  4. A chemical and packaging engineer who worked for Procter & Gamble named, Paul Cope.

What Can You Do With Sock Puppets

There are several reasons to make sock puppets, here are just a few:

  • Great for fundraisers.
  • You can sell them at a yard-sale.
  • They are amazing teaching tools (kids can't take their eyes off of them!).
  • Nice to give as a creative gift item.
  • Fantastic donation item for church, youth centers, and children's organizations.
  • You'll find hours of fun for your own kids (and adults).
  • The project uses the old socks you are going to throw out anyway, instead recycle them!
  • They make for a very inexpensive project during any budget crunch at home or school.
  • You already have most or all of the stuff you need in your house (nothing new to buy).

Now that You Have Finished Your Cute and Friendly Sock Puppet

Now that you have learned how to make a Sock Puppet, be sure to share the fun! Get your children involved or add this project to a kids birthday party, or even an art class. The fun is endless, and the things your children will share with you through the magic of puppetry will bring laughter and exciting memories to your life! Now go have some fun making your own sock puppets!

Comments for "How to Make Sock Puppets with Kids, Cheap Easy Fun [video]"

David Trujillo Uribe from Medellin, Colombia on May 11, 2013:

Extremely well made video. Will come back to make my own.

CarNoobz from USA on February 04, 2013:

Haha! That looks so fun. Reminds me of the wrestler Mick Foley with his sock puppet that he's use to choke his opponents with.

voted up =)

torrilynn on February 02, 2013:

I really liked this hub. It is an easy, fun, and creative way to get kids involved and to help keep them entertained. The video was great and made it seem like everyone who has kids or need something to do to pass time to go ahead and make a sock puppet. Nice hub. Voted up.

Claudia Mitchell on January 28, 2013:

What a great hub. My daughter will love this and I love making homemade things. Up, awesome, pinned and shared.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 25, 2012:

TToombs08~ Thanks! I had an absolute blast making these funny puppets! And they are SUPER cheap to create! I sure am grateful for the HubLove!

HubHugs~

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 25, 2012:

Total awesome, K9! Voted up and sharing everywhere! Loved it! :)

Princess on July 10, 2012:

I loved this hub...I have a puppet making compitition in my school so m definitely going to use this idea......

Mohan Kumar from UK on June 13, 2012:

How good is this! No wonder this hub attracts such high scores and respectful comments/compliments. I absolutely loved the video and the simple easy to follow instructions. My three children love puppets and I've a set of finger puppets that we use during story time. (even our eldest who is now entering his teens - loves story time but wont admit to it)We watched the muppet movie recently and I'm sure they'd love an 'upgrade' to full scale sock puppets. Whats better its great fun making them than buying them as we can make our own characters. thank you so much for this inspirational idea... voted up/across and everywhere I can press!

RoxiM from West Virginia on June 08, 2012:

We used to make these when I was a kid, but ours weren't nearly as cool and fun! I have a whole stash of odd socks that are just begging to be made into puppets.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 07, 2012:

I loved this one, a great puppet friend. Very creative and fun to make. Voted up.

Dianna Mendez on June 07, 2012:

I could see myself enjoying this craft idea. What a cute puppet photo. Puppets are always a great hit with kids (and adults!). Thanks for sharing.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 07, 2012:

How cute... what a great idea. This is a wonderful hub!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on June 07, 2012:

I want to make these for ME - never mind the kids. This looks like great fun.

Voted up and shared....now where did I put those old socks :o)

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on April 02, 2012:

I love your sock puppet. Puppets a such a great tool to use for kids. It really gives a voice to children. And also you start with a basic project and the limit is the imagination of each person. Great presentation!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on February 11, 2012:

I know! That's what I thought the first time I made one of these sock puppet creatures! But they are friendly, fun, and don't eat very much at all! ;)

Cheers~

K9

screw driver on February 09, 2012:

what the hell???

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 27, 2012:

Kaltopsyd~ Making the video was just as much fun as making the puppet, everyone should try it! You may just surprise yourself! I used an old snow stained sock, a couple of puff balls, yarn scraps, and stones to make mine, and it cost about 50 cents all in all! The kids just love these things! It's amazing how much fun a kid can have with a puppet! I am so pleased that you made it by today, I have missed seeing you lately. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kim!

HubHugs~

k9

kaltopsyd from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA on January 27, 2012:

hmm, I think I should try this with my godsisters. Although I don't think we can pull off a puppet as cool as this one. haha. Fun hub! :D

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 24, 2012:

livelonger~ You are so kind, and it thrills me that you love the video! Sock Puppets are really fun to make as well as play with. Thank you for your very welcome remarks. Always a joy having you in the HubHood!

Shalom and HubHugs~

K9

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on January 24, 2012:

LOVE this Hub! I love the video, and it sounds like the ideal project for kids who want to create a character and inject a unique personality into. Nicely done, as always, K9. :) HubHugs and Shalom!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 17, 2012:

mary~ You are so welcome! I must admit, I may have had more fun than did the kids! Enjoy!

HubHugs~

K9

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 17, 2012:

Lauryalen~ it is a very fun project and kids will fall instantly in love with their creations! I hope you have a wonderful puppet making experience!

Cheers~

K9

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 17, 2012:

LOL! So true Flora! In this case, it only means cloth made puppets for kids! Thanks for making it by!

HubHugs~

K9

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 17, 2012:

Robin~ LOL! You are right, the bigger the sock is, the better! I hope you and the girls have a blast with these. It is really fun to watch the kids faces after the puppet eyes are in place, it's like the creation instantly comes to life and the children begin to interact differently with the puppet! It is such a fun sight to witness. Thank you so much for making it by for a little puppet entertainment! Hope 2012 is treating you outstandingly! (I know Paul should be thrilled that the 49ers won!)

HubHugs Robin~

K9

Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on January 17, 2012:

LOVE this Hub! Your video was fantastic. I'm definitely going to have to make a few with our girls. Paul's big size 14 socks will be great, too. ;)

Lauryallan on January 14, 2012:

I love this Hub and it looks like such fun and doesn't break the bank. I can this would be great fun to do with the kids and would be really easy to do too. Nothing too complicated and they look great.

Thank you for sharing this.

FloraBreenRobison on January 14, 2012:

I remember having sock puppets. sadly, in the online world they mean something else now.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 13, 2012:

Thanks so much for sharing this! I'm always looking for new and fun projects to do with the Grandkids. This is great!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 13, 2012:

Denise Handlon~ How nice to see you in the HubHood! LOL! I would have to go for the best score also so I totally get it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, you brought a smile to my face.

HubHugs~

K9

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 13, 2012:

Suzie ONeill~ I hope you guys have a blast making puppets together. I know we do. Thanks for leaving your comments, I really appreciate it!

Cheers~

K9

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 13, 2012:

I loved making sock puppets as a kid and for my kids. Easy to do and anything goes. Loved the quiz-was going to hit some wise cracking answers, but I'm too competitive, LOL and had to score the 100 instead.

Fun hub-rated up

Suzie ONeill from Lost in La La Land on January 13, 2012:

What a fun hub! I'll have to have a puppet making party with my nieces and nephew when they get a little bit older! :)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 13, 2012:

Just Ask Susan~ Thank you Susan, it means a lot coming from you. I bet those grand kids are going to have a blast with you as their grandma! I sure appreciate the support, and I am so pleased the you enjoyed the video!

HubHUgs~

K9

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 13, 2012:

I used to make sock puppets with my boys when they were younger but never as elaborate as the one that you've made here. I will remember when I have grand children to make ones like yours. Loved the video and the hub :)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 13, 2012:

waynet~ I used an old snow stained (but clean) ski sock from a couple of years ago and it worked great! Have fun making your own, I know with your level of creativity and artistic talent, that your puppet will be amazing! Send me a picture!

HubHugs~

K9

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 13, 2012:

@GClark~ I had your same problem; not being able to see the video when HP first initiated its video option. I found out (thank you Simone) that some people can't see the videos because of band width, but for the rest of us it is because we use Internet Explorer. I switched to FireFox for free,(Chrome works also I am told) which took about 2 minutes and the problem was solved! You should try switching yours! Seeing the interesting videos HP writers/videographers (sp?) have created is never-ending fun! I hope this helps.

Cheers~

K9

Wayne Tully from Hull City United Kingdom on January 13, 2012:

Brilliant!! That's a professional looking Sock Puppet! well done!....My socks are wrecked I'll have to buy some especially to make one!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 13, 2012:

Thank you so much everyone! I just love this community! I am overwhelmed and thrilled that the video is being received so positively! Making Sock Puppets is a real blast and sooOOooOOoo easy. I hope some of you try to make your own! If you do, send me pictures of them! Thanks so much for the support!

HubHugs to the room~

K9

VendettaVixen from Ireland on January 13, 2012:

What a great, interactive hub. I remember trying to make sock puppets as a kid, and I'm irked I didn't have this hub as a guide. My godson will love it.

You've gotten all 5 ratings from me, plus an up vote.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on January 13, 2012:

K9 - you totally crack me up! (love the poll - no way, puppets freak me out, man) LOL!! But seriously, a fun, useful hub and I would say that we are inspired to try to make our own sock puppets. Rated up across the board! :) Steph

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on January 13, 2012:

Love the video and love sock puppets! I've got great memories of playing with these. I should make some more! I can put that old glue stick of mine to good use at long last!

GClark from United States on January 13, 2012:

Great Hub. Voted Up. Note: For some reason the video didn't play or have anything to click on - simply saw a black screen. Thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the Hub! Very well done with easy to follow instructions. GClark

Ginny from Arlington, VA on January 13, 2012:

phenomenal job K9! I love it!

Elsie Nelson from Pacific Northwest, USA on January 12, 2012:

What an awesome hub! I love the new video feature, personally. I hope I get into the next beta testing group. Anyway, this hub conjures up fabulous memories of making these when I was a Brownie in Girl Scouts. Voted up and pressed all appropriate twiddly bits.

kerlynb from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^ on January 12, 2012:

Cool! This could be a really fun project with kids :) Plus, all the materials seem easy to get.

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on January 12, 2012:

I always wondered a person creates a sock puppet. Thank you so much for sharing this crafty idea! :)Voted up and useful! :)

Dahlia Flower from Canada on January 12, 2012:

Very imaginative and symbolic. Great fun. A sock puppet.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 12, 2012:

Awesome! Just totally awesome is all I can come up with to comment on this video/Hub!

Christin Sander from Midwest on January 12, 2012:

Very cool hub :) I think my kids would definitely love to do this some snowy day when they are kept home from school. I will definitely bookmark and come back :)

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