7 Super Fun DIY Sock Puppets

DIY Classic Sock Puppets

I distinctly remember a phase of my younger years when puppets were the only thing I wanted to make. There were marionettes and regular pancake puppets, a foam ball head with arms and sticks à la The Muppets. And, of course, there were sock puppets. Unfortunately, they were made from really worn out 1980s socks.

It’s clear crafting has come a long way since 1985. You can even buy a pre-fab craft kit filled with fresh, clean, brightly colored socks and lots of crafty bits. But I think we’re all itching to make our own versions—to heck with pre-fab, I want to pick my materials myself. I also love finding crafts that you can get creative with after the craft is done—time for a puppet show!

DIY Sock Puppet Kit

DIY Sock Puppet Kit
visit Haven Home Organizing for the tutorial

What a great idea for a rainy day gift. Just gather up all those random left-over crafting bits and make your own kit.

DIY Sock Puppet

DIY Sock It To ‘Em Puppet With Hair
visit Indie Berries for the tutorial

This sweet puppet features a great hairdo made from hand-colored and curled paper that your child can make themselves.

DIY Giraffe Sock Puppet

DIY Giraffe Sock Puppet
visit Craft Jr. for the tutorial

When I first saw this, I thought she’d found a giraffe-print sock—but it turns out it’s just fabric paint. You’d be amazed how easy it is to make giraffe spots.

DIY Googly-Eye Sock Puppets

DIY Googly-Eye Sock Puppets
visit Schaeresteipapier for the tutorial

Beads for eyes! Brilliant, simple, and super effective. Plus, they add a lot of dimension to an otherwise fairly flat puppet. For something easier but just as fun, try this super fun DIY googly-eye hand puppet project.

DIY Elephant Sock Puppet

DIY Elephant Sock Puppet
visit  Diana Schoenbrun for the tutorial

Of course you should make an elephant sock puppet – a sock makes a perfect elephant trunk. The elephant tutorial available in her book, but check out the cat tutorial on her blog (just as cute, I promise).

DIY Rock Star Puppet

DIY Rock Star Sock Puppet
visit Brave Turtle Creations for the tutorial

Ok, I had to end with this fabulous rocker. See the hand-painted teeth? The custom-made polymer clay glasses? This gal has class!

Pictured at the top of the post: DIY Classic Sock Puppet; visit Babyccino Kids for the tutorial.

  • http://www.thispicturebooklife.com/ Danielle

    Oh that elephant!!

  • http://www.zauberbear.blogspot.com/ Carly @ Zauberbear

    Ahh, these are all amazing! The giraffe and the elephant are perfect! I wonder where I could find some affordable yet adorable socks. ^-^

  • Nikkie Molls

    Yep that elephant is so cute!!!

  • Kenni Raye

    This would make for a super gift for a grandparent OR to donate to a hospital for other kids to enjoy.

  • southerninstitute

    I don’t know, I think that elephant has my heart… or at least my foot. (teehee).

  • southerninstitute

    The hospital idea is GREAT!

  • Fun at Home with Kids

    Love that giraffe!!!!

  • Michelle McInerney

    Mari is just the best!! LOVE the giraffe xx

  • http://www.smallforbig.com/ small for big

    Nope, Michelle, you’re the best! Thanks!

  • http://www.smallforbig.com/ small for big

    Mine too! I’m always partial too elephants.

  • http://www.craftingconnections.net/the-blog/ Andrea :: Crafting Connections

    I can’t get over the elephant with the peanut – TOO CUTE!!

  • t.potts

    I love the giraffe!

  • t.potts

    Giraffe! !!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Mari is the sugar in cookies and the chocolate in a banana split all mixed together. We love her!!

    Yeah!!!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Asia,

    I love it too! Sock puppets are the best! My job as a child was to sort the socks! I would end up cutting them up or stretching them out….my mom wasn’t completely on board with this creative endeavor.

    XO,

    Rachel

    PS

    Have you made sock puppets on your site?

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hiiiii,

    I agree!!!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Jess,

    Yes and Yes! These are simply the best!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Kenni Raye,

    I agree hospitals are a great idea.

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Carly,

    You know you can find them at the goodwill or in your sock drawer. For some reason I can’t live without socks on my feet at night. My mom makes me most of my socks for winter. So I couldn’t bear cutting into them. I would say check a local thrift store!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    OHHHH Ohhhhh Ohhhh right??? Hi Danielle!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Nikkie,

    Im in love with him!

    XO,

    Rachel

  • http://www.smashedpeasandcarrots.com Maggie::SmashedPeasandCarrots

    My kids would LOVE this! I just added it to our after school craft activity! Thank you!!!