Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rudolph Puppets by I Heart Crafty Things

Hi! This is Rachel from I Heart Crafty Things. When Charlene asked if I would guest post for the Homemade in December series I was like, "What? Me?..." hahaha I have always admired Adventures In Mommy Land and continually feel inspired by Charlene's adorable kids crafts so I feel so honored to be here.

I am a Wife and Mommy to three who LOVES doing arts and crafts with my kids. The kids section of the library has become like a second home to me and we love making crafts based on stories we are reading. My blog focuses primarily on children's crafts.

One of the books we just finished reading was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May.

Photo Source: Paperback Swap

Such a perfect story for the season, especially since my boys are so fond of singing the familiar tune that goes along with it. After reading the story we decided it would be fun to make Rudolph puppets.

They are so simple to make and since we added a couple jingle bells to the antlers, my kids have been merrily wandering around the house jingling their puppets all day.

To make a reindeer puppet, start by folding a light brown sheet of cardstock paper in half then open it back up. Use a glue stick to add glue to the top and side of the right half (see picture below).

Then fold your paper back down to glue it shut.

Next use scissors to round the bottom of the paper to give it the shape of a reindeer face.

You can see below how the bottom opens so the child can put their hand in it.

To decorate the reindeer's face you will need 2 large googly eyes, a large red pom-pom, a 3" light brown circle cut in half, 2 strips of 1" x 4" dark brown paper and 4 strips of 1" x 2" dark brown paper.

Have your child make the antlers by gluing 2 of the smaller strips to each larger strip of dark brown paper. Then glue the antlers onto the reindeer along with the half circles which make ears. Then glue on the eyes and nose. I gave my boys a black marker to draw on a mouth.

For added fun, I used my hot glue gun to put a jingle bell on the top of each antler. All you have to do now is get out your camera and take a picture of your kids singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" while jingling their cute puppets.  :)

Now we're off to watch the famous version of the movie!...Hope you enjoyed our Rudolph puppets. Make sure you stop by I Heart Crafty Things and check out more of our fun kids crafts!

Merry Christmas and Happy Crafting!


Jackie Higgins said...

Those are adorable puppets! I love the Rudolph movie too!!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Those are so cute! And lots of options with that general direction, too.

Happy Jingling to you and yours! :)

Anonymous said...

This is really cute! It would be great for story retelling or singing along with.

Brimful Curiosities said...

The jingle bells are a fun touch!