Puppets have been around for thousands of years. They can be made simple or very complex depending on how they will be used.
What is a puppet? It is an object made from wood, paper, cloth, saw dust, straw, cotton, and other materials which can be shaped to represent a person, an animal, or an object.
The puppeteer brings it to life using his fingers, hands, strings, or rods. A puppet is often times referred to as a doll especially when movements are operated by mechanical or electronic gadgets.
Second in popularity to the sock is making a character from paper Mache.
DIY Sock Pocket:
The simplest sock puppet to make is to choose one of your orphaned socks from the unused sock pile. Gather buttons to make the eyes, and nose.
There are two options on the mouth. One option is to place the sock on the hand and the heel of the sock over the thumb. Push the fabric into the bend of the hand and thumb, this will form the mouth. (Note the position of the eyes and nose will change.)
The second option for the mouth is to place the sock over your and bend your fingers. Stitch a set of lips at the base of the hand where the fingers bend.
If you wish place wool strands, flowers, or any object which will suggest hair, head ornaments, or gender of the puppet.
DIY paper Mache Puppet:
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