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Clothespin Paper Puppets – free printable

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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 and then use the leftovers to make dozens more clothespin crafts. Disclosure: this post contains affiliate ads.

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. 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!

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What you need to make paper puppets from clothespins:

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. 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!

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

Clothespin Paper Puppets

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 clothespin puppets make a fun craft for preschoolers through big kids. Use it for dramatic play, to exercise fine motor skills, or just make it for fun!

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Less than $1

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Tajsa V Dunn

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Hello! We are trying to do this project but the download is not working. Can you email me at tajsadavis@gmail.com?

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

I've fixed the form - there was a glitch. It should work now but if you're still having trouble, please email me menucha@momsandcrafters.com - I take care of sending downloads as I work through my inbox.

Anne

Friday 29th of May 2020

Hi there These are so cute but I cannot download the template. Would you mind sending this to me? Thanks so much

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Hi Anne, please email me at menucha@momsandcrafters.com and I'll send it right over.

Haley Bradshaw

Friday 29th of May 2020

can you please email me the template

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Hi Anne, please email me at menucha@momsandcrafters.com and I'll send it right over.

Jude

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Made some of these with one of my grandsons during the christmas holidays,we have 10 grandchildren so as one more saw it they wanted them so I can just about make these in my sleep.they had great fun making them and it was great fun listening to then putting on a show with them

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Hi Jude, thank you for your comment! I love hearing when kids enjoy this <3

Leah

Sunday 13th of January 2019

Adorable craft. Where can I find the template to pint?

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Sunday 20th of January 2019

Scroll to the "materials" there is a form to download the template. Email me at menucha - at -momsandcrafters - dot com if you need help!

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