Get the kids crafting with these easy-to-make (and fun-to-play-with) mice and rabbit finger puppets
What you will need to make matchbox mice
- Felt mouse templates
- Large empty matchbox
- Scraps of felt, fabric and trimmings, plus small piece of wadding or cotton wool
- Small black beads for eyes and noses
- Fine white cord for tails
- White stranded cotton embroidery thread
- Embroidery needle
- Black sewing thread for whiskers
- Narrow double-sided sticky tape, or fabric glue
How to make your matchbox mice
To make the matchbox bed
- Cut a piece of fabric to wrap around the matchbox’s outer sleeve, adding on an extra 1cm all around, for hems.
Fold the hems over to the wrong side and secure in place with double-sided tape or glue.
- Attach a strip of the double-sided sticky tape around each end of the matchbox sleeve, then wrap the hemmed fabric around and stick it in place. Using the photo as a guide, glue, or use sticky tape to fasten the chosen trimmings in place to decorate the mouse bed.
- For a pillow, cut two 2cm squares of fabric. Stick three edges together, stuff with a little wadding or cotton wool, then seal the opening closed using glue or sticky tape.
To make the mouse finger puppets
- Trace the small and large mouse body and ear templates. From felt, cut two shapes from each template for each mouse.
- For the eyes and nose, stitch on a black bead at each dot position. Make a small tuck in the edge of each ear by pinching them between your fingers to form a shallow cone. Stitch the tucked part of the ear to the body just above the eyes. Make whiskers by threading small lengths of black thread under the beaded nose; trim to size.
- With wrong sides facing, stitch two mouse shapes together with running stitch around the edge, leaving the bottom open so that it can be used as a finger puppet. Sew on a length of cord for the tail.
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Finger puppet mice and rabbits
What you will need to make the paper mouse finger puppets
- Mouse templates
- Turquoise blue card and light blue card
- 15cm of light blue stranded cotton embroidery thread
- 7mm black pompom
- Pair of 4mm joggle eyes
What you will need to make the paper rabbit finger puppets
- Rabbit templates
- Purple and lilac card
- 5mm pink pompom
- 20mm lilac pompom
You will also need:
- Stiff black thread or jewellery maker’s tiger’s tail for whiskers
- All-purpose glue
- Narrow double-sided sticky tape
How to make fingerpuppet mice and rabbits
- Using both the mouse and rabbit templates at essentials.co.za, trace them on to the coloured card, using the lighter shades for the ears. Cut out, and cut the slits in the mouse ears. Score along the broken lines on each body.
- For the whiskers, pierce a hole at each dot. Cut three lengths of thread or tiger’s tail, insert through one hole and out of the other. Adjust the whiskers to extend equally at each side, then dab the all-purpose glue on the whiskers on the wrong side of puppet to secure.
- Pierce a hole at the cross on the mouse. Fold puppets backwards along scored lines. Then stick the tab under the opposite long edge with the double-sided tape to form the shape.
To complete the mouse
- For the tail, insert one end of the embroidery thread through the hole at the cross. Knot one end inside the mouse, glue in place and knot the other end of the tail too.
- Dab a little glue on the tip of the mouse and press on the black pompom for a nose. Glue the joggle eyes above the whiskers on each side of the fold.
- Overlap the slit of the mouse ears to meet the broken line, to form a shallow cone, and then stick together with some double-sided sticky tape. Stick an ear above each eye with double-sided sticky tape.
To complete the rabbit
- Dab glue inside the narrow end of the rabbit and squeeze the end closed. Glue on the small pink pompom for the nose, between the whiskers. Glue a pair of joggle eyes above the whiskers on each side of the fold.
- Carefully pull the ears between your finger and thumb to curve them slightly. Stick the straight end of each ear above the eyes with double-sided sticky tape. Glue the lilac pompom in position for the tail.