Homemade Finger Puppet Monsters for a Puppet Show

by Tonya Staab
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These finger puppet monsters made out of felt, yarn, pom poms, and googly eyes are fun for kids of all ages. Put on a monster puppet show.

The kids received a special parcel from their grandma in Australia recently. Inside was a Figtree Hollow Crafts and Homewares kit. This “Monstrous Fun” project contained everything they would need to make finger puppet monsters. I picked up the Monsters Inc. DVD and we spent three days off and on working on this project. It took that long because the weather has been so great we made a lot of trips to the park.

Unfortunately, my kids are only 3 so the puppets in the kit were a little too hard for them to replicate. I have a large craft stash though so I put together a pile of wool scraps, felt pieces, and googly eyes. The kids then decided how they wanted their puppets to look. 

finger puppet monster pattern
Monster finger puppet template.

Finger puppet monsters

While the kids crafted they watched Monsters Inc for inspiration. Occasionally they told me that they wanted their monster to look like a character so I cut out bits and pieces (like hats) along the way.

kids doing a craft while watching monsters inc
Kids crafting while watching Monsters In.

They mix and matched pieces from the kit with the scraps I had put out for them to make legs, horns, funny faces, and accessories.

Monster finger puppets are being made by kids.

Once they had attached all of the bits and pieces to the front and backside of their monsters we set them aside to dry. I then completed the puppets by stitching the front and back together.

finger puppet monsters being made by kids
Finger puppet monsters are being assembled.

Our finished monster finger puppets

homemade monster finger puppets made by kids
Homemade finger puppet monsters.
monster finger puppets that were made by kids
Finger puppet monsters homemade by kids.

Of course, once their monsters were finished they put on a monster puppet show.

kids putting on a monster puppet show
Kids putting on a monster puppet show.

We have had this little cardboard puppet theater from Ikea for a couple of years The kids hadn’t used it often though. I think they had forgotten it was there, hiding amongst their toys. So, we set it up on their lemonade stand outside (which apparently needs to be cleaned – see things aren’t perfect around here). They practiced singing their favorite songs with their puppets and put on a play. 

This is a great idea to save for a monster-themed birthday party or for a Halloween party.  

Here is a Figtree Hollow Crafts and Homewares kit we have done previously: Mask-arade Kit

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Shannon March 21, 2010 - 10:19 am

Very cute idea! And so glad to see that they are getting some use out of the puppet theater 🙂 I got one for my girls the same day I got yours. Ours was destroyed in one weekend. Sigh…

cat@juggling act March 21, 2010 - 11:56 am

AS per usual you are so hugely creative.

Amanda March 21, 2010 - 4:49 pm

These are all so adorable, I just love monsters, so cute!

Tami March 23, 2010 - 5:03 pm

REally cute! I bet they loved using their own little monsters that they made!

Tami March 23, 2010 - 5:05 pm

REally cute! I bet they loved using their own little monsters that they made!

amy March 24, 2010 - 2:11 pm

Those are so cute, I love finger puppets. Great idea.

Sarah April 22, 2010 - 6:09 am

This is too cute, I love it!

Homewares Melbourne January 29, 2012 - 10:22 pm

so cute! thinking of having my own homeware kit at home!

thanks for sharing such a great post.


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