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Cartoon stick puppets are a super-simple craft you can put together in five minutes.

Use them for role plays, puppet shows, or even to talk about emotions and empathy with kids. Or just for fun!

You might also like these paper roll empathy dolls

cartoon stick puppets, made from craft sticks with printable googly eyes

I was pretty excited last week to share a set of free printable googly eyes for crafting. The printable eyes are designed to be an eco-friendly replacement for the buckets of little plastic eyes that get used in crafts every day.

The cartoon eyes are not just more responsible though — they’re also more expressive and have way more personality. These craft stick people are a fun way to showcase that.

craft stick puppets for kids

Make some as a DIY toy or as a way to talk about and role-play different emotions.

When you’re finished playing with your puppets you can even pull them apart and reuse the sticks and eyes into other craft projects because they’re held together with blu-tack.

How to make cartoon stick puppets

craft stick puppet materials

You will need

  • jumbo craft sticks
  • printable googly eyes – printing them onto card stock works best
  • coloured construction paper
  • scissors
  • blu-tack
  • optional lead pencil

How to

  1. Choose a set of eyes that best suits the emotion of the puppet you want to make. Cut them out.
  2. Cut out a cool piece of hair from coloured paper. Anything goes, you can fringe it, make it spiky, curly or whatever. You might like to sketch the shape first, but you don’t have to.
  3. Cut out a mouth from red paper, representing the emotion of your stick puppet.
  4. Attach the pieces to your craft stick using blu-tack. If you prefer, you can make them with craft glue instead, but you will need to add in drying time for your puppets.

craft tick puppet materials

craft stick puppet craft — super fun and easy using printable googly eyes

vertical pic of craft stick people

If you wanted to extend the project, you could also make clothes and a cereal box theatre for your people. Why stop at faces?


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