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Easy Easter Crafts: Easter Finger Puppets

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Easter Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets

When I had to idea to create some finger puppets out of pipe cleaners, little did I realize what creativity I would unleash in my children. 3 packages of pipe cleaners later, I have enough different finger puppet ideas for probably 10 more posts! I had no idea these would be such easy crafts for kids.

Pipe cleaners are extremely forgiving and deceptively easy to work with. Anything you ‘mess up’ while bending them is fixable. And by using a hot glue gun, you are pretty much unlimited in how you can attach eyes, limbs, and embellishments.

What you Need to Make Easter Finger Puppets

Pipe cleaners of various colors

Mini pom poms of various colors and sizes (you can substitute cotton balls sometimes)

Googly eyes

Hot glue gun

Wire cutters

(Our local Dollar Store had great cheap coordinating sets of pipe cleaners with matching pom poms)

How to Make Easter Finger Puppets

Once you see the components of each of these pipe cleaner finger puppets, assembly is pretty self-explanatory. But here’s the key “puppet base” that they are all made from:

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Finger Puppet Base

Step 1 is to take the pipe cleaner and wrap it around your finger. I like to do it rather tightly, because once it is off of your finger, it is easier to stretch it out than it is to tighten it up.

Important: Notice that the top of the pipe cleaner coils down to a smaller circle. Do this so that it is easier to glue the pom pom head on top, and to lessen the possibility that you will get the hot glue on your fingers (which, if it hasn’t happened to you yet, pray that it doesn’t. OMG.)

Here are the pieces of each of the pipe cleaner finger puppets shown above. I was skeptical whether the hot glue would work on some of these pieces, but it worked perfectly. Just put a tiny dab of glue onto the wire end of the pipe cleaner and stick it straight down into the pom pom – it will stick after just a second or two of holding it in place.

Easter Bunny Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppet

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Easter Bunny Finger Puppet

After gluing the white head onto the pipe cleaner body, stick a dab of glue onto both wire ends on one of the bent pipe cleaner ears. Stick them firmly into the pom pom while squeezing the ends together.

Glue two tiny white pom poms on the face as a base to stick the googly eyes. This is really optional, and you can see on the kitten finger puppet below that you can also just glue the googly eyes directly onto the pom pom head.

Then glue on the pink nose and the medium sized pink pom pom for the tail.

Easter Chick Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppet

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Easter Chick Finger Puppet

After gluing the white head onto the pipe cleaner body, clip a tiny piece of orange pipe cleaner and bend it into a V shape, and glue it onto the middle of the face. Glue the two yellow mini pom poms right above the beak to make a base for the googly eyes, then glue them on top of them. Take about a 4 inch piece of extra yellow pipe cleaner and bend it into the wing shape as shown. You don’t even need to glue these in, just slip them onto the body in between the coils and they will stay put.

Spring Kitten Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppet

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Spring Kitten Finger Puppet

After gluing the white head onto the pipe cleaner body, clip two small pieces of white pipe cleaner (about 3/4″ long) and bend them into a V. Glue them onto the top of the head. I skipped the extra tiny pom pom eye base on this one, wanting to go for a more “Hello Kitty” look. You only need one tiny pink pom pom for the nose, but here’s a little tip: if you don’t have a tiny pom pom to use, you can clip a tiny piece of pink pipe cleaner (less than 1/4″ long) and glue it onto the face instead. The tail is attached by bending it onto the bottom coil on the back of the kitten’s pipe cleaner body.

Bluebird Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppet

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Spring Bluebird Finger Puppet

To make this variance on the Easter chick, I omitted the mini pom pom base for the eyes, and added a little tuft of feathers on the top of the head the same way I did the kitten’s ears (but only added one and put it on lengthwise instead of sideways). The wings are also a slightly simpler version of the yellow wings, and might be easier for smaller children to bend on their own.

Discussion

21 comments for “Easy Easter Crafts: Easter Finger Puppets”

  1. [...] love finger puppets (they’re one of the only things I collect), and these finger puppets from Craft Jr. are simply made from pipe cleaners and pom-poms and will take your kids way beyond Easter in the [...]

    Posted by Make Easter Finger Puppets | Dollar Store Crafts | April 9, 2009, 9:12 am
  2. [...] @Craft Jr: Fun little Spring-y fingerpuppets made from crafty mainstays (I’ve got more pom-poms and googly eyes than I know what to do with, so this surely makes our project list!). [...]

    Posted by Friday Finds | kiddio | kids. craft. life. | May 8, 2009, 6:55 am
  3. [...] I first launched Craft Jr earlier this year, I put together a set of Easter finger puppet crafts, and they were a huge hit. So I’ve decided to make it a tradition to create pipe cleaner [...]

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  5. [...] think I am absolutely addicted to making pipe cleaner craft finger puppets. Seriously – my Easter puppets, Halloween puppets (and more of those), Thanksgiving puppets, though I was so busy during December [...]

    Posted by Easy Alien Pipe Cleaner Crafts | Craft Jr. | February 11, 2010, 11:48 am
  6. [...] are to make. (And if you like them, she has other pipe cleaner finger puppet projects like these Easter puppets, or you can check out this pipe cleaner dinosaur puppet I [...]

    Posted by Croq Zine – The Blog » Blog Archive » Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Finger Puppets | March 4, 2010, 4:41 pm
  7. Hi,
    I am one of the Editors for the crafting and DIY website FaveCrafts.com and our blog FaveCraftsBlog.com. We offer hundreds of free craft projects, tutorials, home décor ideas and more in every area of crafting.
    I saw these Easter puppets and fell in love! They are adorable! I would like to invite you to contribute this craft project to FaveCrafts. All the details of your authorship are preserved. We love to feature fresh voices on our website constantly and nurture such a vibrant, creative community of crafters.
    In addition to publishing Guest Features at our website (with over 1 million page views per week and over 200,000 page views per day) and blog, we promote these items in our bi-weekly newsletter, which currently has over 600,000 email subscribers.
    If you are not interested in contributing to our website or blog, we hope you will consider a reciprocal link with FaveCrafts.com. We wish to develop a quality network of crafters and crafting writers for all our readers.
    Thank you for your consideration,
    Christine
    Editor
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    http://www.FaveCraftsBlog.com

    Posted by Christine | March 5, 2010, 10:55 am
  8. [...] Photo Credits: Craft Jr. [...]

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  10. Hi,
    I am one of the Editors for the crafting and DIY website FaveCrafts.com and our blog FaveCraftsBlog.com. We offer hundreds of free craft projects, tutorials, home décor ideas and more in every area of crafting.
    I saw these Easter puppets and fell in love! They are adorable! I would like to invite you to contribute this craft project to FaveCrafts. All the details of your authorship are preserved. We love to feature fresh voices on our website constantly and nurture such a vibrant, creative community of crafters.
    In addition to publishing Guest Features at our website (with over 1 million page views per week and over 200,000 page views per day) and blog, we promote these items in our bi-weekly newsletter, which currently has over 600,000 email subscribers.
    If you are not interested in contributing to our website or blog, we hope you will consider a reciprocal link with FaveCrafts.com. We wish to develop a quality network of crafters and crafting writers for all our readers.
    Thank you for your consideration,
    Christine
    Editor
    http://www.FaveCrafts.com
    http://www.FaveCraftsBlog.com

    Posted by Michelle | April 19, 2010, 1:29 pm
  11. Just wanted to let you know that we made your puppets and LOVED them. So much fun.

    http://ladeladeda.blogspot.com/2010/08/lookee-here.html

    Posted by Timbra Vaughn | August 5, 2010, 9:35 am
  12. I am dying over how cute these are! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

    Posted by Laurel | March 30, 2011, 9:05 am
  13. These are really cute! They’d be great as pencil tops or straw wraps too…

    Posted by Donna | May 9, 2011, 7:12 am
  14. these are SOO CUTE!!!!!!!! I absolutley love the kitten and the easter bunny!

    Posted by lauren | May 21, 2011, 12:12 pm
  15. Hi there! I absolutely love these finger puppets ~ my daughter passed away in August 2010 and I am always looking for seasonal ideas to decorate her cemetery site with. By gluing a popsicle or wooden stick to the inside of this puppet (where you would normally put your finger), these can easily go into the ground. I just love them – thank you!!

    Posted by Rebecca A | February 28, 2012, 11:42 am
  16. [...] Craft Jr have made these so ADORABLE Finger Puppets. How can something made from Pipe cleaners look so CUTE? [...]

    Posted by Get Crafty at Easter – Arty Lil - The Arts & Crafts Workshop | March 19, 2012, 4:56 am
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  20. [...] use regular glue, of course, not a glue gun!) • Combine pom-poms and chenille stems for adorable finger puppets courtesy of Craft Jr. • Not all of these would be appropriate, but using craft sticks, [...]

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