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Project

Felted Finger Puppets

Introduction

These felted finger puppets are sure to entertain little children of all ages.

Materials

  • Fleece
  • Bowl filled with hot, soapy water (4 tablespoons of dye-free liquid dishwashing detergent to 6 cups of water)
  • Bowl filled with cool water
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Finger puppet template

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Wrap fleece in layers around finger. Use the index finger on the hand you don't write with. The wool should be snug but not tight. Add wool until you can't feel your knuckles through it. (The soft wool should be about 1/8-inch thick when pressed.)

  2. Step 2

    Dip your wool-wrapped finger into hot, soapy water, and press with the fingertips of your other hand; dip and squeeze until the fibers seem to hold together.

  3. Step 3

    Rinse in cool water when done; let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Ears, wings, and similar pieces can be cut from store-bought felt; use the finger puppet template, enlarging or reducing them if necessary. You may need a lot of glue to make these features stick, since felt is absorbent.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, September 2006

Reviews (8)

  • mhds54 21 Nov, 2011

    I love this post. I have featured it on NZ Ecochick. Please view my post on: http://www.nzecochick.com/2011/11/christmas-ideas.html Thanks for the great idea. I can’t wait to make some.

  • mhds54 21 Nov, 2011

    I love this post. I have featured it on NZ Ecochick. Please view my post on: http://www.nzecochick.com/2011/11/christmas-ideas.html Thanks for the great idea. I can’t wait to make some.

  • mossymossy 14 Feb, 2011

    This is a great beginner felting project! My girls and I made these together easily. Instead of using craft felt as embellishments, we used wool felt, wool roving, and old felted wool sweaters. See photos of our completed new friends: http://mossymossy.com/?p=161
    Marcie Cuff

  • MissAimee 7 Nov, 2010

    I could have done without the "erotic" and "sex toys" comment in the video, since my daughters and I were watching this together. Inappropriate!

  • aspmom 27 Mar, 2009

    I am going to make these for ALL of the Kindergarteners-- maybe 2nd graders too!

  • NorbieK 10 Oct, 2008

    I made this on a birthday party and the kids love em'. They wore it while eating cake. Thanks for sharing such a cool idea.

  • Mackfever 15 Jun, 2008

    The kids are going to love these. I can't wait to get started, I have tons of felt left over from other craft projects.

  • kuii 29 Jan, 2008

    i like the duck,i will share with my friends, i'm sure they will like it too**