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Clothespin Puppets

Level of difficulty:  Beginner

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Spark your students' imaginations with an adorable clothespin puppet craft! Attach cute cardstock animals to clothespins so their mouths open and close, bringing puppet characters to life with a simple pinch.

Clothespin Puppets Supplies

What You'll Need:

Let's Do This!

Clothespin Puppets Step 1


Step 1:

  1. Print out the templates.
  2. Cut out the main outline shapes for each of the puppets.
Clothespin Puppets Step 2


Step 2:

  1. Trace the templates onto cardstock to make the main puppet shapes. Use different colors of cardstock to give each puppet its own personality!
  2. Cut out the puppets.
Clothespin Puppets Step 3


Step 3:

  1. Have fun decorating the puppets with cardstock and markers. Suggestions are provided, or you can get creative and make your own designs!
Clothespin Puppets Step 4


Step 4:

  1. Use the guides on the template to cut the heads of each puppet and make the “mouths.”
  2. Cut mouths on all of the puppets.
Clothespin Puppets Step 5


Step 5:

  1. Apply glue to the clothespin and adhere the body and head of the puppet. Let dry.
  2. Pinch the clothespin to make the puppet talk!
Clothespin Puppets Step 6


Step 6:

  1. Repeat the process to complete all the puppets.

Download Templates

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