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.
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.
I pinned the drawings to the felt and cut around the body outline with a sharp scissors
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.
The eyes were added with dots of white and black paint
Close up of the layered detail - so simple, so effective
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.
The final step is to hot glue the wooden skewer to the craft stick
And voila!! you have Jungle Book stick puppets for hours and hours of fun and imaginative play.
"Hup, two, three, four
Keep it up, two, three, four"
Click on to go to the tutorial for making The Jungle Book Shoebox Puppet Theater - your new puppets need somewhere to play :)