DIY Halloween Pipe Cleaner Puppets

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Do your kids love to color? Then these Hal­loween char­ac­ters will be per­fect for them. They’ll love the cute gang of creatures!

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Let them have fun col­or­ing, cut­ting out, assem­bling, and then play­ing with their new Hal­loween pals. They’ll enjoy see­ing their cute cre­ations come to life.

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Kids can exer­cise hand-eye motor skills while try­ing to keep the pup­pets stand­ing and giv­ing them funny poses.

Now let’s start!

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

What You Need

  • Char­ac­ter tem­plate (down­load here)
  • Plain paper
  • Cereal box
  • Pipe clean­ers
  • Wine corks
  • Pens, mark­ers, crayons—anything that adds color
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Scis­sors
  • Cut­ter
DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Step 1
Cut bot­tle corks in half to make the shoes. You can also cut them in quar­ters for smaller ones. Make a hole on the top of each of the halves using the point of the scis­sors (see photo above). Then paint and let them dry.

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Step 2
Print out the tem­plate on plain paper and let the kids color the pic­ture using crayons, mark­ers, or any other col­or­ing tools you might have.

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Step 3
Once your char­ac­ters are col­ored, glue the paper with the printed char­ac­ters to the cereal box to get sturdy fig­ures, and then cut them out. (Set aside the hands for later.) Cut out another piece of cereal box for the back of each fig­ure. Each doll will have a front shape with the col­ored design and the back shape (the plain cereal box) to hide the inside of the puppet.

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Step 4
Take one pipe cleaner for the legs, fold it in half, and cut. Take another pipe cleaner stem for the arms. Now lay the back shape of your pup­pet (the plain cereal box shape) down, wrong side up, and place the legs and arms, then glue. Place the front char­ac­ter shape (your printed col­ored shape, right side up) on top of it, seal with glue, then press!

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Step 5
Cut out four felt hand shapes from the tem­plate and use them to sand­wich both ends of the pipe cleaner arms. Secure the sand­wich together with hot glue and let dry.

Next take each end of the pipe cleaner legs and stick them into each half cork (as shown above).

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Step 6
Your pup­pet is now com­plete!  You and your kids can cre­ate and dec­o­rate dif­fer­ent shoes, for big or small crea­tures and to get bet­ter balance.

DIY Pipe Cleaner Puppets

Enjoy!