Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Angel Puppets

Here are our finger puppet angel crafts!

Butterfly and her friends loved making these sweet creations and then they had fun singing their angel song and putting on puppet plays behind the couch!

I gathered up the supplies on a craft tray.
White, pink, yellow craft foam sheets
Embroidery thread and needles
Hot glue gun, glue stick, scissors, pencil, black pen
Glitter, gems, small googly eyes


Click here for a free Angel Pattern that I drew for you, which can be downloaded and cut out to help you trace the angel shapes, with a pencil onto the foam sheet.

I cut out two white angel bodies from the white craft foam.  This is craft foam.  I used the black pen to press tiny holes around the angel to guide the girls of where to poke their needle when sewing the two pieces together. 

The girls sewed the two white angel body pieces together, leaving the bottom of the shape opened.

Yes you can sew craft foam!  It's perfect for beginners!  It is so easy and such a simple sturdy soft material to use when young ones are learning to sew!  A thick needle pokes right in easily and it glides through the foam with no troubles!  We sewed foam sheets before when making treat bags.

The girls never poked themselves when sewing because I gave them thick blunt needles to use.  They just finished using pins for their 3D Christmas Trees, so I trusted them with a real needle.  Most of the time children are more capable than we give them credit for ;)
Next they'll do my ironing! (no, kidding on that one!)

Once the sides are sewn (except for the bottom as this is a finger puppet), the girls chose their details and I hot glued them on for them.  The small oval in the angel pattern is the halo, just slightly fold the foam in half to cut a slit and then cut out an inner circle to make the halo.  Glue on the wings on the back, glue on the hair, eyes, little rosy cheeks if the child wants, and little pink hands.  You can add any pretty gems or fancy accessories.  For the wings, I had the girls use the glue stick to put glue on the wings (this was after we hot glued them to the backs of the angels), and then we did our Glitter No-Mess Secret Method to get their wings all sparkly!

  They are now ready to play with!  The angels work best with two fingers in the puppet, then the child has more control to dance or fly their Christmas angel around!

Remember our Instagram video I posted of the girls singing their Halloween song of the Three Little Witches?  Well in the same context, we made up a song for The Little Angels!
Watch our (oh so "professional") video of their angel-puppet-behind-the-couch show to learn the tune!  The lyrics are below.

One little, two little, three little angels
Flying over Bethlehem, Watching over the manger
One little, two little, three little angels
Singing Holy Night

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