Clothespin Paper Puppets – free printable

Make these sweet, colorful, and quirky paper puppets using clothespins – aren’t they precious? M had the time of his life holding a conversation between the two…  You can get really creative with these. Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.

 

 

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

 

I thought it would be cool to make some quirky character puppets out of clothespins, so that you can open and close the mouth by pinching the clothespin. I must have drawn the template five times before I realized that I need to do a profile view instead of a front view…

 

 

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

Once I had it figured out, it came out really cute. I love a craft where you can get creative and add your own touch. Besides for choosing which colors you make these paper puppets, you can also pick the wildest hair colors, add accessories like googly eyes and small pompom noses… the possibilities are endless!

 

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

The hair is made similarly to how you’d make a pompom but you just wrap the yarn fewer times, so that it doesn’t puff into a circle. On the purple-haired puppet, I wrapped three fingers but tied it 1/3 of the way through instead of halfway so that you have “long” hair. On the others I did it mostly midway so that there’s  a puff of hair on top.

 

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

 

I colored the paper puppets using STABILO Power markers (you can learn more about my partnership with STABILO here). I chose for the most part unrealistic colors for the faces and noses, to give it a fun character/monster vibe. M really had fun holding fake conversations between them!

 

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

You can make the puppets two-sided if you want (I did with the orange-haired and the blue-faced ones). I included opposite-facing profiles for you in case you want to do that, but you will need to wait for one side to dry before moving on to the next.

 

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

These paper puppets really ignite the imagination – I hope you’ll enjoy them!

 

 

What you need to make paper puppets from clothespins:

 

  • The template printed on card stock – download it by entering your email address in the form below. You’ll receive your printable in your inbox. If you don’t want to leave this post just yet, you’ll find another opportunity to download it at the end.
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  • Clothespins
  • Markers
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue – Elmer’s sent me their new fun purple liquid glue that dries clear so I thought it would be cool to give it a go with this project! If you’re using a kids’ glue, you’ll need to hold it in place for it to start setting, but I like keeping it kid-friendly!
  • Optional: googly eyes

 

 

How to make quirky clothespin paper puppets:

Watch the video tutorial below, or scroll down for step-by-step instructions:

 

 

 

1. Color your faces.

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

 

2. Cut out your faces.

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

 

3. Cut across the line that splits the face in half.

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

 

4. Create your hair! Wind some yarn around 2-3 fingers. Snip a small piece and tie it around the bundle of yarn in the center (or off-center). Pull tight.

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

Cut the loops open on both sides of  your “pom pom”.

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

 

5. Glue your hair to the top of your face.

 I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

 

6.  Add googly eyes and other fun stuff if you want.

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

 

7. Put it together! Glue the top of the face to the top half of your clothespin. Glue the bottom to the bottom half. Make sure you don’t glue the clothespin closed. This is where I really liked using a kids’ glue that was strong enough to hold paper and wood, but not wood and wood. Hold it in place until it starts sticking.

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

Now, put on a show!

 

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

 

Aren’t these paper puppets fun? I love this spin on clothespin crafts and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!

 

 

I love these adorable quirky paper puppets - with mouthes that open and close with a clothespin! Love this unique, easy clothespin craft for kids (or adults). It includes a free printable for the faces, which you can then color in, and add yarn and googly eyes for character. This free printable coloring page craft is so cool!

 

If you haven’t downloaded these paper puppets yet, you can download them below:

 

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And if you’re feeling generous today and want to help pitch in for a cup of coffee (because, you know, that’s what keeps this blog going…) you can purchase the “donate” version via Gumroad below. This is the exact same file as the one offered above – so it’s really purely optional (and greatly appreciated. :

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these paper puppets! What is your favorite way to craft with clothespins? Comment below!

 

 

 

22 Comments

  1. This looks great. I’m going to use it with my year threes for English. I can’t locate the template though. It’s probably staring me in the face. Would you mind either emailing it to me or giving me simple directions to locate it. Thanks Pauline

  2. What a fun, fun, fun idea! I’m going to do this with my grandkids at our family reunion next week!!

  3. I just love this idea. My grandson loves playing with my clothes pegs He will love it even more when they are decorated.

    Thank you so much.

  4. Totally making these with my little nieces. Looks like lots of fun and also a great way to use some yarn scraps. Thanks!

  5. This is such an adorable idea! Sharing and Pinning! Thank you! 🙂 Lisa

  6. How cute, thank u for sharing with us

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  8. Do you put faces on both sides of clothes pin? Thank you. Great fun idea for kids.

    • Hi Barbara, thank you for stopping by! I did on some! It really depends how you’ll be using it. If you plan to put on a puppet show, you probably should, since then the puppets can face either direction. If it’s being used as a learning tool (language, communication, music, pincer grasp, etc) or just for the sake of making a cute craft, you really don’t need to. I did provide mirror images of each face in case you want to do both sides.

  9. Thanks so much! Fun, & easy instructions to follow! Thanks to you
    👍😉

  10. I made these with my Sunday School Class and inside the mouth, we did accordine folded bible verses as the tongue. We did a lesson on spreading God’s word. I would love to send you a photo if possible?

  11. Rebecca Lumsden

    So cute! I too tried to download the template, but could not do it. Would you mind sending it to my email please. I would love to do this with my granddaughter. Thank you!
    Rebecca Lumsden

  12. I am gonna do this craft at our playgrounp, it looks so much fun

  13. thankyou for these they are good for adults with demenia too

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