- Step 1: Choose a pattern and print it
Choose the puppets that you want to make. Make
all the puppets for the play included in this project or create a play of your own
centered around the puppets you make. Each pattern includes the
pieces to make two puppets, usually in different colors. The tiger
pattern includes striped and un-striped versions of the tiger puppet.
Draw stripes of your own design on the unstriped version. Select a
B&W (black and white) pattern to decorate the
puppets using your own ideas.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Color (optional)
Each puppet has a colored and B&W (black and white) pattern.
For the most creativity, use the B&W patterns and color the puppet
way you like—use your imagination. You can also add details on
the already colored patterns—maybe some whiskers, ear tufts,
spots or stripes.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out the cone body, head (front and back), and tail (front and
back) for the puppet.
- Step 4: Glue
Wrap the cone body piece into a cone-shape. Apply glue to the
glue tab and one the inside of one edge. Press glue tab and edge
together to form the cone. Pinch the top of the cone together and
glue. Apply glue inside the top with a toothpick or small
- Step 5: Assemble
Glue the puppet's head to the top of the cone. First glue the
front (face) of the head to the front of the cone then the back of
the head to the back. Carefully align the two head pieces. If any
white shows around the head, either trim it away or color it to
match the head.
Glue the tail front and back together or color both sides of one
tail cutout. Glue the tail to the back of the cone—either
- Step 6: Finish
To use the puppet, place the cone on a finger. If needed, loosely
stuff the cone body with cotton, fiberfill or other stuffing
material so it fits your finger snuggly.
Perform the play included in the project,
Officer of Heaven, or come up with your own ideas.
Think of what your puppets will do. Where does your play take place?
Write down what the puppets will say and figure out how they will
move. Will more than two puppets be on stage at once? Do you need a
friend to help? Rehearse your play a few times and then perform it for family and friends.