Me and the children have had a great deal of fun making fab little egg puppets.
You may be thinking ‘What is this crazy lady talking about, who makes puppets out of eggs?’
These are actually made from Polystyrene eggs so there won’t be any messy accidents involved (well, if you don’t include the gloppy mod podge and paint mixture, that is)!
The puppets are great to make with kids. There are endless possibilities when creating these. With the magic of their imagination these puppets can be created in a variety of designs! This is a real great alternative to traditional Easter crafts and one we’ve enjoyed immensely.
To make these you will need…
Polystyrene eggs, 1 per puppet Make as many as you desire. (PoundLand 12pk)
Pink acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Deco Art pens or markers (black & red)
Sticky eyes (Baker Ross ltd)
White bow embellishment
Sticks (i’ve used some long white lolly sticks, which are ideal as they don’t have sharp points)
Any other items you want to jazz up your puppets (beads for earrings, bows as hair accessories etc)
I’m going to simply demonstrate how to create a rather basic egg puppet. You can jazz these up how you wish, change the colour of the hair and skin with different paints etc.
First I took one of my sticks and pieced the centre bottom of the egg (the flattest end).
Then I painted the egg in pink paint. I mixed around 4 parts white to 2 parts pink to create the desired shade for my puppets skin tone. The stick also makes the process much easier and less messy which is why I’d advise inserting your sticks into your eggs as a first step. Give egg two thin coats being careful to avoid drips.
Once dry (within 20 minutes) I was then ready to apply my puppets hair. For this I mixed some mod podge gloss, some dark blue course glitter and black paint. (I roughly used 3 parts glue to 6 parts paint) this is to ensure the mixture remained black and didn’t turn grey.
I them painted the mixture onto my egg to create the hair of my puppet. The added glue makes the mixture dry really glossy and the glitter not only gives it subtle hints of sparkle but a good course texture too.
I left to dry for a least an hour before using a red deco art paint pen to add my puppets mouth.
The nose was added with a black deco pen which I also used to outline the lips.
One of the final details was the eyes in which I used sticky eyes that I got from baker Ross (excellent as they have so many designs to add character to your puppets).
I left it for a while to ensure the paint was properly set before giving my entire egg puppet a coat of mod podge. Sometimes traces of paint end up on your brush once mod podge is applied, however this isn’t a problem so don’t worry about it.
Lastly, add a glue dot to the head where the hair parts and securing a white bow embellishment in place.
And that’s it! You can make allsorts of great egg puppets. These include people, animals, princesses and kings… Make plain old simple ones like that above or fancy ones like some of these below…
Made with yellow paint, sponge, sticky eyes and feathers
MR Alien (Glow in the dark egg puppet)
Made simply using Green & black paint, glow in the dark paint, Yellow Deco pen, sticky eyes and a piece of fur.
Then all that’s left to do is have fun playing with your egg puppets. We have a great little puppet studio, the perfect place to put on a show.
And finally here’s a super quick round up off some other great Easter Crafts for kids I’ve found online…
Right at the top we have the ever fabulous Naturestore with her fab Easter Potato Printing
One of my all time favourite blogs for fun kids activity and crafts, ‘Mummy Mummy Mum‘ shows us how to make funky, dingy little hats for our eggs.
Over on the Blog ‘Me and My Shadow‘ you can find out how to create the most simplistic, yet super cute bunny cards.
Domestic Goddess demonstrates how to put together a cute fluffy bunny wreath…
While Mama Owl shares some great ideas from tissue paper eggs to the most delicious looking Easter cake.