- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the puppets that you want to make. Download each pattern and print it on white paper.
For the cat, rabbit and "Guy" puppets, also print the puppet
add-ons pattern for the ears or ears and hair additions. Print
the blank pattern to make a puppet of your own design, and
eye expressions add-ons pattern to
add some personality to your puppet.
Cat hand puppet
Rabbit hand puppet
"Guy" hand puppet
Hand puppet add-ons
Blank hand puppet
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 Fit, Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
Step 2: Color and Decorate (optional)
Color the puppet any colors you like. Add details to the puppets,
like stripes on the cat or wisps of fur in the rabbit's ears. Use
blank pattern and your
imagination to make puppets of your own design. Add some creative cutouts
or use the silly eyes from Aunt Annie's
eye expressions add-ons pattern. How about a
monster or a fire-breathing dragon? A
truck or car with wheel add-ons sounds like fun, too!
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out each puppet and add-on part on the outside solid line. Be
sure to make accurate cuts. The cat and rabbit puppets have two ear
add-ons and the "Guy" puppet has hair and two ears.
Tip: If you choose to tape the mitt together,
cut away the glue tabs by cutting the mitt on the solid black lines.
- Step 4: Score
To make the folding easier, score the center fold line and the
glue tab fold lines on the mitt. Fold lines are marked in red.
The mitt's top glue tab has a
curved fold line. It is very important that this line is scored
Tip: Use a ruler when scoring straight fold
- Step 5: Fold
Fold the side glue tab on the mitt, then fold the mitt in half on
the center fold line. Unfold.
Before folding the mitt's top glue tab, snip the glue tab every ¼"
or so with a cut that ends at the fold line. Now fold and unfold
each section of the glue tab on the scored fold line. The
snipped sections will overlap.
- Step 6: Glue
Apply glue along the back of the side glue tab. Fold the mitt in
half and fold the glue tab over the mitt's back to close the mitt's
side seam. To close the top seam, put glue on the back of each
section of the top glue tab and fold over the back of the mitt. Let
the glue dry.
Tip:: You can use tape in place of the glue
and glue tabs. Fold a length of tape over the mitt's side seam and
several small pieces of tape over the mitt's top seam.
- Step 7: Finish Puppet
Cat: Glue the cat's ears to the
front of the mitt, near the top.
Glue the rabbit's ears to the back of the mitt near the top.
Guy: Glue Guy's hair to the top of
the mitt, then glue the ears on either side of his face. Of course,
you could leave Guy bald, if you like!
Slip the puppet over your hand and have
some make-believe fun!