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Recycled Crafts: Giraffe Sock Puppet

There are many reasons to love summer. The fact that I live in Chicago and we seem to only have two seasons (pffffftt.) might have something to do with it. And the fact that I hate the cold ranks pretty high up there too. But maybe most of all, it’s a season in which we can wear sandals and I don’t need to track down missing socks every day.

So, for all the missing mismatched socks we have in this house, I should have a sock puppet museum by now. Seriously. So to keep with our recycled crafts theme of the week for Earth Day, here’s a pretty darn cute animal sock puppet idea.

Animal Sock Puppet: Giraffe

What You Need to Make this Giraffe Animal Sock Puppet

Animal Sock Puppet Materials
  • An old sock – preferably tan and long-ish, like an adult size dress sock
  • One brown pipe cleaner
  • Two brown pom poms
  • Two googly eyes
  • Brown and black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glue gun
  • Wire clippers

Do all your prep work before you start painting, because you’ll be assembling most of this puppet while it is on your hand, which will make it a little tricky to do other things.

Step One: Cut the pipe cleaner into 4 pieces. 2 pieces are 1″ inch long, 2 pieces are 2″ inches long.

Bend the longer pieces in half to form the ears.

With the glue gun, glue one end of the shorter pieces into the center of the pom poms. These are the giraffe horns.

Step Two: Get your paint and brush ready, and make sure it is slightly watery like tempera or acrylic paint in the containers in the photo above. If you’re using thicker paints, it will be much harder to get it to sink into the sock fibers.

Step Three: Put the sock onto your hand, with your fingers going into the toe of the sock, and your thumb going into the heel like this:

Place sock puppet on hand

Step Four: Paint spots on the sock. They should be random, mishapen spots like on a real giraffe. For a ‘realistic effect’ (ha!), you can make the spots smaller as they get closer to the head. Then paint two black spots on the nose as shown in the first photo for the nose holes.

Painting the Giraffe Sock Puppet

Painting the Giraffe Sock Puppet

Step Five: Use the hot glue gun to glue the googly eyes, pipe cleaner ears, and pom pom horns onto the head. This sounds like it might be tricky, but it isn’t. Just put a drop of the glue the size of a small pea where you want the parts, and stick them on. I glued the ears into the fold of the sock that you can see in the photo above, directly to the left of the paint brush at the back of the puppet mouth.

Step Six: Play with your sock puppet!

Animal Sock Puppet: Giraffe

Animal Sock Puppet: Giraffe


36 comments for “Recycled Crafts: Giraffe Sock Puppet”

  1. This is so. freakin. cute! I’ll be linking over from Thanks!

    Posted by Chrissy@One Crafty Place | April 21, 2009, 12:23 pm
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    Posted by One Crafty Place » How to Make the Cutest Giraffe Sock Puppet. Ever. | April 21, 2009, 12:29 pm
  3. That is so darn cute! Thanks for sharing this easy tutorial!

    Posted by Suzanne in TX | April 21, 2009, 7:35 pm
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  5. That is a beautiful puppet
    thank you for sharing this craft with me.

    Posted by April L. | May 2, 2009, 7:17 pm
  6. Great puppet, my kids are going to love this one. Thanks!

    Posted by Sherry | May 5, 2009, 1:26 am
  7. I love it!!! Plus I have a project due for my English class and I have to do a giraffe and this gave me an idea of what to do thanks alot!!! :):)

    Posted by Megan Blankenship | May 5, 2009, 7:10 pm
  8. what a lovely idea! especially like the antennae :)

    Posted by dan @ baker ross | May 11, 2009, 9:17 am
  9. sou do Brasil trabalho com artesanato didático e achei a girafinha muito simpática. Moro em Cabo Frio Rio de Janeiro.

    Posted by patricia santos | May 30, 2009, 5:32 pm
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  11. Adorei a idéia, muito boa para usar juntamente na hora da história

    Posted by Tania | July 4, 2009, 9:07 am
  12. […] Giraffe Sock Puppet Tutorial posted on Craft Jr. […]

    Posted by Must Make Monday – Toys! « The Handmade Experiment | July 6, 2009, 2:51 am
  13. Adorable!! I love everything about this and am sending the idea on to our sign language teacher. I’ve also linked back here from my blog, The Handmade Experiment in a post all about handmade toy tutorials. Thanks!


    Posted by Emily Flippin Maruna | July 6, 2009, 11:30 am
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  16. I absolutely LOVE this giraffe sock puppet !

    Gorgeous & right up my alley !

    Katherine x – search The Savannah Room

    Posted by The Savannah Room | August 7, 2009, 2:27 am
  17. […] out this fantastic craft blog for information on how to make this sock and please send in your photos if you make […]

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  18. My daughter did this one, did this one, she made a tiger. It came out great.

    Posted by Kids Bedding | August 28, 2009, 7:02 am
  19. I love this giraffe sock puppet, it is adorable. I am an Editor with and I just wrote a blog about using old boardgames to make crafts. If you’re interested in reading up on it you can find it at



    Posted by Christine | October 23, 2009, 3:05 pm
  20. Great idea, it looks sooooooo cute!!!!!

    Posted by coco | November 24, 2009, 3:28 pm
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  24. This is adorable!! I am going to have to add a link to this on my posts for Earth day at ! I love this giraffe puppet and the fact that it is recycled is even better!! You have wonderful ideas here.

    Posted by Toddler Crafts Onna | April 18, 2010, 7:48 pm
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  36. This is so cute! My son would love it. I have pinned this post.

    Posted by JDaniel4's Mom | August 28, 2013, 5:54 am

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