Today we’re bringing one of the funniest DIY tasks to be found, before, during and after it’s done. To elaborate sock puppets not only contributes to psycho-educational development of children, but instills in them the concept of recycling, encourages cultural activities and finally it is a profession which integrates the whole family.

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Making sock puppets is a lot of fun and best of all, we can make countless of them, each different from each other. And they don’t all have to be human. We can create animals, monsters, cartoon characters, fantastic animals, etc.

How to make sock puppets – steps

Let’s go with the procedure. To start, you need to use a clean sock, color that best suits our character. It should be a long sock that covers the hand and forearm up to the elbow. We should avoid very thin and narrow socks, as they will adhere to the skin and will not allow us to achieve the desired shape. In the making of sock puppets, the correct choice of sock greatly influences the end result.

For example, socks with polka dots are ideal for tailoring puppets in the shape of giraffes or Dalmatian dogs, while stripes are great for tigers or zebras. The socks of one tone, white or gray will serve us for mice, elephants, dogs or birds.

Once you’ve chosen the character and the right sock, glue the eyes. This way you will begin to perceive the puppet personality and you will feel him as a real being. While you can place the eyes anywhere you like, in most sock puppets these will fit very well where we think the nose will be.

The eyes are very good when they are close together. You can test different places and different distances between them before finally gluing them. To join the sock, you can use hot glue (It is applied with a gun) or you can join them with thread and a needle. A big part of the puppet’s personality is in the size of the eyes, how close or apart they are, and how high you place them.

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After you glue the eyes and seal them with glue, it has already dried, you can insert your hand and determine where the mouth will go. Mark the center of the mouth with a line. It will be very useful for the next step.

For the mouth, you need to cut two semicircles, which will have a diameter equal to the line you marked on the sock as a guide. The paper should be dark, blue, or black. You glue them with paper glue on the sock, one above the line and the other below. If you put your hand in, once it is dry you will notice how the puppet takes shape.

You can put a tongue on it, if you want. For this you have two options. With a piece of cardstock red in color, cut in the shape of a tongue and glued to the lower circle of the mouth, or with a piece of red cloth. The second option will allow your puppets to have mobility in the language.

Likewise, you can make the sock puppets have a nose, eyebrows, mustaches, moles, scars, etc.

Hair can be glued together using wig parts that are not in use or belong to forgotten costumes. If you don’t have these items, a ball of yarn is a great option, regardless of the color. Nothing more attractive than a puppet with pink or blue hair. Your sock puppets can also be dressed up. An old tie and colorful scarf will get you out of trouble quickly and creatively.

Video of how to make sock puppets

You know what i don’t like to do video tutorials on the subjects I write. But I like that my readers have the opportunity to work with other colleagues who express themselves through this medium. Therefore, I leave you with a video on how to make sock puppets. Hope you like it, but I point out that some procedures may be different. You will also find other ideas for your very fun task. Good luck and a big hug. See you next time.

Tips for making sock puppets

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To begin with, we must collect and organize the necessary materials in a box. It is important to have defined the character that we are going to develop and, if possible, to have an image handy to copy the details. Let’s see the list of materials we will need:

  • The scissors
  • Papers thick (cardboard or cardboard) in different colors
  • Cardboard or black cardboard
  • A pencil
  • Eyes of toys no longer used or buttons to simulate eyes
  • Of course, socks that are no longer in use (must be clean and unperforated)
  • Glue hot glue and paper.
  • Certain items of little value, which are already in disuse, such as glasses, jewelry of little value, hair wigs or doll clothes can be very useful

Animal sock puppets

All animals have something unique about them, on their face or on their body. In the case of horses, zebras and equines in general, the important thing is that the eyes are too high to show a long nose. Of course, the characteristics of each, like the stripes in zebras, spots in tigers or the long neck in giraffes are essential.

Ears and body shape complete the concept. Nothing would disappoint us more than our audience didn’t recognize our characters. Elephants, for example, must be fat. To do this, you can insert some type of bottle inside the sock to help convey this feeling.

Finally, I recommend that you make a lot of sock puppets. The process is neither long nor complicated and you will notice that over time you will have more fun and add your own ideas, to achieve unique and surprising characters.

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