Oh my.. woof woof. Let’s make some Paper Dog Hand Puppets! We are big dog lovers here at Red Ted Art (but do in fact only own two cats… my kids would LOVE a dog though.. sigh.. so Dog Crafts for Kids it is instead!! Is that cruel?? Ha, i don’t know).
Once again, I am digressing… we love our super cute and easy Dog Origami.. and to go with it, we thought a fun and simple Paper Dog Puppet would be just the thing.
These really are easy to make.. the best thing? You can use just some rectangle white sheets of printer paper and decorate… or use coloured construction paper if you have some.
This makes it a super easy and accessible dog craft for all (I think!). AND of course these Paper Dog Puppets are fun!!!!
Make one.. make hundreds.. and make all sorts of different Dog Breeds whilst you are at it! These Paper Dog Puppets are perfect for Preschoolers and older kids too! Hope you like these Dog Paper Hand Puppets as much as us.. watch this space for some more designs and different animals (maybe make a frog puppet? Or how about a Pig Puppet – so fun!)!
These Paper Dog Puppets where inspired by these genius Unicorn Hand Puppets from Make Film Play.. they are made SLIGHTLY differently, but are just as easy and fun. DO check out Make Film Play today!! So fun!!!
Why not make a red dog puppet and then it would be a perfect Chinese New Year craft too.. as it IS the Year of the Dog coming up in 2018.. isn’t it?
New Paper Crafts for Kids Book
If you love a good ol’ easy paper craft, you may also love my Easy Paper Project book! This paper puppet is featured in this book, as it is such a “classic” basic paper craft to make with kids and a lot of fun to play with:
Do check the book out here! I think you will like it!! 🙂
Paper Dog Puppet – Materials
- per paper puppet – one A4 sheet of paper (you can use any size, really, but those are the dimensions we have here in the UK – the key is the rectangular shape) – it can be printer paper or construction paper
- coloured paper scraps OR pens*
- pens, crayons or markers for details
- glue stick
*we have moved on from our love for googly eyes. Mainly because you can achieve similar by drawing your own “googly eyes” on white paper – whilst creating the perfect sized “googly eyes”… which in turn are actually more eco friendly. I wish I thought more about that when my kids where little!
How to make a Paper Dog Puppet
Watch the auto play video or follow the step by step instructions below!
How to make a paper dog hand puppet – step by step instructions
So.. let’s learn how to make a paper hand puppet with our easy step by step instructions!
Create the basic paper puppet shape
Begin by folding your A4 sheet in paper in 3 length wise. Secure with some glue.
With the seam of your fold on the outside, fold your paper in half. Then fold over flap. Flip and fold over the other. You will end up with a type of “M”. The point in the middle will be your puppet’s mouth. The long sides of the M, fit you fingers.
Now it is time to turn it into different animal puppets
Cut out all your doggy shapes from a scrap piece of construction paper in the desired colours.
For our first paper dog hand puppet we kept things simple:
- some floppy dog ears,
- a tongue,
- a cute dog nose,
- eyes and
- a dog eye patch!
But really your imagination is the limit! You can use all sorts to decorate your paper puppet – paper feathers, buttons, stickers, fabric, bio degradable glitter.. whatever you have to hand! You can make dragons, birds, zebras… a whole zoo if you wish! Today, we are indeed “just” making this cute dog paper puppet..
Now glue them all in place. With the eyes you can experiment – bring them closer together or further apart. Position them up the face for a LONG Dog face or lower down for a shorter dog face look.. make them look sides wise or cross eyed.. have fun!!
Isn’t he adorable?
Now let this cute little doggy puppet join is lovely black and white dog friend!! Love easy paper dog crafts for kids!
Now to hop over and visit the Unicorn Paper Hand Puppets from Make Film Play:
Do check out more wonderful Dog Crafts for Kids here:
This video is also available on YouTube