I could almost die from the cuteness of these finger puppets! To think, an adorable zombie? A cute-as-a-button vampire? All the creatures in my book, Halloween Good Night, in finger-puppet form. Perfect craft and plaything for preschoolers!
How to Make Your Very Own Halloween Finger Puppets
Assembly is easy-peasy. If you're not into sewing, all you need is glue. Or use glue and embroidery floss and a needle. Either works just fine. A note on glue: I discovered the hard way that fabric glue doesn't work well on felt. Best pick, Elmer's All Purpose or Ailene's Tacky/Craft glue.
How to Make Halloween Good Night Finger Puppets
A helpful infographic!
The infographic above lists everything you'll need and the steps to construct. But first you'll want the pattern! Download the PDF Halloween Finger Puppet Pattern. And to keep track of what little pieces go where (and what colors I used), my initial sketch may help.
You can download the PDF Sketches of HGN Puppets, if you'd like. So you have a shopping list, I bought felt (1 9x12" sheet of each) in the colors: black, white (2 sheets), brown, tan, beige, gold/dark yellow, red, pale pink, kelly green, dark green, lighter green, teal, light blue, pale purple, dark purple, medium/rustic brown. Plus I had gray wool thread on hand for the hair.
Now for the fun part, I'll "talk" you through each puppet and share any tips or special features.
I embroidered the eyes and mouth and blanket-stitched around the sides. The body could have been light blue or gray.
I'll admit, this one's a fave. The body is tan with a beige nose, black hair, red cap, and brown skirt snipped partway up. I embroidered the mouth and did french knots for eyes.
Don't know how to do a french knot? Well, check out this YouTube how-to!
Do they come any cuter? Embroidered eyes, and embroidered over the teeth (I was afraid they'd fall off). To make the fur, I cut a small rectangle of black felt, then cut it into a zillion little matchstick-sized pieces, then glued them on at one end.
After gluing on cheeks and making french knot eyes, I used on long strip of white and trimmed it as I arranged it in overlapping layers.
This girl turned out adorable. French knot eyes, embroidered fangs, and frayed hair made by separating strands of wool thread.
Eyes and hair like above, but I added warts. Because Witch. My broom end is two layers, the bottom beige, the top light brown with slits cut like the Imp's skirt.
French knot eyes, embroidered fangs (three this time), tiny tuft of yarn-hair, and lots of love made this guy one of the cutest of the bunch!
The only tricky part of this ghost was knowing how far to stitch along the edge. I went a little too far - child fingers fit better than adult.
No tricks here, just treats. Sweet pink-cheesed smile with a bite, French knot eyes, blanket stitched all along the sides.
Boo! I think the best parts of this crazy guy are his single tuft of hair and crazy, mis-matched eyes!
I would love love LOVE to see your finished projects! You can take your puppets #halloweengoodnight on Instagram or email me an image. Happy haunting!
Easy, cute, hours of fun as you read the picture book Halloween Good Night!