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For the last few days we’ve been working on a new crafty project. With all the time we have had on our hands it has been so lovely having a big project for us to work on. If you haven’t guessed already, what we have been making is our very own DIY puppet theatre and some wooden spoon puppets to go with it. We’ve had so much fun both making our puppets and playing with them and today I’m really excited to be sharing the first of out new creations with you – our wooden spoon princess puppet!
Isn’t she just adorable? Shes been the centre of many of my sons stories, sometimes she is a princess who needs saving and other times she is the one who saves everyone. One thing I have definitely noticed since playing with the puppets is how much it’s helped strengthen my little guys ability to create a story, it’s also helped with his confidence too.
Here’s what we used:
- Wooden spoon
- Wool scraps
- Sticker eyes
- Mini Ribbon bow
- Self adhesive felt (you could of course use regular felt and felt glue but we like to use self adhesive and just peel off the bits we want to stick, this way my son can stick them himself rather than just watching me glue!)
- Lollipop stick
- Glue gun
How to make our wooden spoon princess puppet
To start off glue your lollipop stick centrally across the top of your spoon to make two arms. Next, give your princess some hair, to do this we glued some wool scraps around the curve of the spoon. Add two eyes and a mouth to make her face.
To make the dress, place your puppet onto the back of your felt and draw your dress shape around it on the backing paper. You’ll need to make sure your dress is wider than your puppet in all places.
To save felt you could just stick one dress piece to the front. However we’re planning on using our puppets long term and wanted to make them sturdy as possible. We drew around our dress shape and cut out a second identical piece to make the back. If you decide to cut out a back piece too remember to draw around the dress with both felt sides facing outwards as they will be on the spoon, otherwise your pieces might not match up!
To make our princesses’ cape we cut out a white cape shape with an elongated v shaped collar. The collar might look a bit odd now but it’s how you’ll fold your cape around your spoon.
To attach the dress, stick your first dress piece on to the front and your second on the back. Then pinch them together to meet and stick in the middle. To add the cape place the puppet centrally on it (felt side facing forward). Remove the backing from just a square at the end of each side of your collar and fold the collar over the arms before securing them together at the chest. My little guy then added a cute little bow to look like a fastener.
Finish off your awesome wooden spoon princess puppet by giving her a felt crown and adding any optional decorations. isn’t she just adorable!
Here are some more crafts that you may enjoy
- Wooden spoon girl pirate puppet
- DIY cardboard puppet theatre
- Wooden spoon pirate captain puppet
- Wooden spoon witch puppet