Paper Cone Finger Puppets
What you will make:
Make easy finger puppets with a paper cone body and an
attached paper head. These puppets are simple and especially suited to a
classroom setting. Make several finger puppets, then put on a play that
The play in this project, Officer of
Heaven, is based on a folktale from western China.
This project includes printable
patterns for the play's characters and ideas for staging the play.
Once you make the puppets in this project, use your creativity to make puppets of your own
design. Just change the decorations and the shape of the head to make a
This is the fifth in a series of
puppet-making projects that
includes puppet plays based on folktales from cultures around the world and back in time.
A Chinese folktale is the
basis for a play,
Officer of Heaven, using puppets in this project.
Here's what you need:
- White computer paper
- Cotton balls or fiberfill stuffing
- Optional: Crayons, colored pencils or markers
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Paper Cone Finger Puppets
Read all of the steps before starting.
- 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 lion
pattern includes both lion and lioness puppets. The tiger
pattern includes striped and un-striped versions of the tiger puppet
so you can 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 on 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 glue the back of
the head to the cone 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. Lion and lioness: Glue the lioness
head like other puppets. For the lion, glue the mane to the back of
the head with the colored side facing to the front. Color the back
of the mane, if you like.
For puppets with tails, glue the tail front and back together, or color both sides of one
tail cutout. Glue the tail to the back of the cone on 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 snugly.
Puppet Play: Perform the play included in the project,
Officer of Heaven.
A folktale from western China is presented in the play that features the puppets in
Or you can 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
Once you decide upon the play, think about the staging. 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.
That's it! Your puppets are done!
Now put on a play!
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