- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the puppets that you want to make. Each pattern includes the
puppet in two colors. Download the pattern and print it on white paper.
Bighorn sheep puppets
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 plain patterns, draw eyes, ears, nose and
toes, then color the puppets any colors you like. Lions are usually
tan or yellow. Rabbits come in many colors—white, gray, brown,
black. Bighorn sheep are white, gray, or black. Some are white with
a black face. You might color the lion and the rabbit with
short lines that look like fur. Color the sheep with curls that look
like wool. Put tufts of fur in the ears.
Tip: Instead of drawing eyes, you can glue on
Tip: Color both sides of the horns for the
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out each puppet part on the outside black line. Each puppet
has a head, two legs and an additional feature. For the lion, also
cut out a mane. For a rabbit, cut out two ears. For the bighorn
sheep, cut out two horns.
For the lion and bighorn sheep, snip the outer half of each ear
away from the head.
Tip: It's easier to cut out the puppet parts
if you first cut the pattern into pieces with simple
straight cuts, then cut out each part on its black outline.
- Step 4: Glue Legs
Each leg will be formed into a tube. One leg will slide onto your
index finger. The other goes on your ring finger. The legs need to
fit your fingers. Wrap the leg around your finger to see how much
overlap is needed, then glue.
Put glue on the back of the leg along one of the short sides.
Form a tube and press along the glued edge.
Tip: You may find it easier to use tape. Wrap
the leg around your finger and tape it while it is on your finger.
- Step 5: Fold Head
There are four lines that run from the nose to the top of the
head. Make a mountain fold on each of these lines.
Fold the nose down on each puppet. On the lion and the bighorn
sheep, fold the ears up.
Tip: You can use tape in place of the glue.
- Step 6: Glue Head
Put glue along the back of one of the folded edges. Form the head
shape and press the two bottom edges together.
- Step 7: Finish Head
Rabbit: Fold the nose and teeth down. Fold the glue tab up on each ear and cut
each tab in half on the center line. Glue the tab halves together—one
on top of the other. Glue
each ear to the head.
Bighorn sheep: Fold the nose down
and the ears up. Cut the spiral on each horn. Put glue on the base
of each horn. Glue the horns inside the head below the ears.
Lion: Fold the nose down and the
ears up. Cut the sides of the glue
tab on the mane. Fold the glue tab up
and put glue on it. Glue it inside the head with the tab.
Tip: You can give the horns and
mane more shape by curling them over a pencil with your fingers.
Tip: Your puppets can have four
legs. Just make leg coverings for your thumb and little finger.
Now you can have your puppets walk on four legs.
- Step 8: Put Puppet on Fingers
Bring your puppet to life by putting the head on your middle finger.
Put one leg on your index finger, and put the other leg on your ring
finger. Now make your puppet walk by moving your fingers.
Tip: If the head won't stay on
your finger, stuff some tissue around your finger.
Tip: If you want to hide your
hand, put on a glove or drape a cloth over your hand. Try to use
colors that match the puppet.
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.