- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the puppets that you want to make. You can choose to make the
puppets in three different sizes. Each pattern includes a yellow
finger measure. Cut it out and wrap it around the base of the
puppeteer's middle finger. Select the puppet size—small, medium, or
large—that fits best. Also, the finger holes can be cut larger or
smaller to accommodate different finger sizes.
Download the pattern and print it on white paper or cardstock.
small & large
small & large
small & large
small & large
Clown & Acrobat
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 and Decorate (optional)
If you printed the black & white patterns, color the puppets any colors you like.
You might add polka dots to the clown's suit or put cuffs on the
elephant's legs. Use your imagination to make the puppets uniquely
You might also decorate the puppets with bits of colored paper or
glitter, but you may want to wait
to decorate the puppet until after you have cut it out.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out each puppet on the black outline, including the strips
for the loops. Cut out finger holes on each puppet. There are two
leg holes on each puppet, except for the elephant, which has one
trunk hole. Try to cut a very smooth circle. This will be more
comfortable for your fingers. You can adjust the size of the hole to be
smaller or larger to fit your fingers.
Tip: Start cutting the hole by pinching a
small fold in the center and cutting across it. This will make an
opening for your scissors. You can also start the hole cut by using
a hole punch.
- Step 4: Fasten Paper Loops
Place the puppet face side down on your work surface. Gently bend
the paper strip(s) into a loop. Use glue or tape to fasten the
loops. The elephant has two loops—one on each leg. The
other puppets have one loop each to add shape and strength to the
- Step 5: Put on a Show
To use the acrobat, strongman, and clown puppets, slip your index
and middle fingers through the leg holes. Now make your
puppet walk by moving your fingers.
To use the elephant puppet, slip your middle finger through the
trunk hole and put your index and ring fingers into the leg
loops. Walk the elephant by moving the index and ring fingers. Wave
the trunk by moving the middle finger.
Tip: Wear a glove on your hand to give the
effect of stockings. You may need to enlarge the holes.
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.
- Step 6: Make a Circus Ring and More
You might want to make a circus ring and some accessories to go
with it. It all depends upon your play. It's easy to cut strips of
paper to make juggling rings and a circus ring, but you can also use
Aunt Annie's circus ring and accessories patterns, offered in color
and black & white. Or
you might use items around the house—for example, use milk jug rings,
a small ball, or decorate a small box to use as a stand.
The accessories patterns (color
and black &
include a circus ring, juggling rings, leg coverings, a trunk
covering and patterns for a skirt for the acrobat. Cut out each item
on the black outline.
Circus ring: Glue or tape the strips end-to-end
to form one long strip, then join the ends together to form a ring.
Juggling rings: Glue the ends together to form
Leggings and trunk cover: Each rectangle will be
formed into a tube to make leggings or a trunk covering. The tubes
for the leggings need to fit the puppeteer's index and middle
fingers. The trunk covering goes on the middle finger. Cut the
rectangle down, as needed, to fit each finger.
Wrap the rectangle around the finger to see how much overlap is
needed, then glue or tape to form a tube.
Trace the skirt pattern onto tissue paper and cut it out. Apply a line of glue along the
acrobat's waist. First, attach the top corners of the skirt, leaving
the middle loose. Then gather the middle section and press down.
That's it! Now put
on a play!