The Jungle Book

Jungle Book Felt Puppets

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<i>Jungle Book</i> Felt Puppets
Total Time 1 hour Ages preschooler

These fun and felt characters from The Jungle Book will inspire play and storytelling. These puppets are created to accompany The Jungle Book shoebox puppet theater craft.

What you'll need

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • White and Black Paint
  • Craft Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wooden Skewers

How to make it

  1. Jungle Book Felt Puppets

    Here's how I made them....

    I started by deciding which three characters I wanted to make from the great movie line-up - they just had to be Mowgli, Baloo and Hathi Junior, the cute baby elephant :)

    I searched for suitable illustrations of the characters on Google Image Search and printed the characters at the scale to suit the shoebox puppet theatre.

  2. Jungle Book Felt Puppets

    I pinned the drawings to the felt and cut around the body outline with a sharp scissors


  3. Jungle Book Felt Puppets

    Once the overall body shape was cut out. I again used the paper print out to cut out additional features such as hair, arms, legs to build up layers of felt and make the characters look more real.

  4. Jungle Book Felt Puppets

    The eyes were added with dots of white and black paint

  5. Jungle Book Felt Puppets

    Close up of the layered detail - so simple, so effective

  6. Jungle Book Felt Puppets

    Once the characters felt layers were assembled with fabric glue I glued craft sticks to the back of each character (trim the craft sticks to the size of character so they don't show through to the front). The craft sticks add strength and rigidity to the puppets.

  7. Jungle Book Felt Puppets

    The final step is to hot glue the wooden skewer to the craft stick

  8. Jungle Book Felt Puppets

    And voila!! you have Jungle Book stick puppets for hours and hours of fun and imaginative play.

  9. Jungle Book Felt Puppets

    "Hup, two, three, four

    Keep it up, two, three, four"

  10. Jungle Book Shoebox Puppet Theatre

    Click on to go to the tutorial for making The Jungle Book Shoebox Puppet Theater - your new puppets need somewhere to play :)

    Happy Crafting

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