The one above is made with just a lunch sized paper bag, paper, glue, and googly eyes. I drew on the crosses with a marker. Here's a picture of the pieces before they went together:
His beard is shaped like a heart.
I folded the paper in half and cut it out like this:
I also folded my paper to cut out my shamrock:
Then I assembled him like so with school glue:
Before I glued my pieces together, I let my daughter use the pieces I cut out to trace her own pieces so she could draw and cut them out herself. She just turned 5 last month, and she made this whole puppet by herself! I am so proud!
I love how she glued the staff way up on his hand like he's balancing it! For her shamrock, she traced our shamrock shaped cookie cutter and cut it out. I tried to get her to use cotton balls for his beard, but Vee from Paper Dali has a St. Patrick coloring sheet where his beard is black, and well.... Vee is a lot smarter than Mommy. Lol! ;-)
Here's mine with a cotton ball beard:
The one above has a pipe cleaner staff, and the doily shamrocks I got at Michael's. I love them! :-) Wa also used some gold glitter glue to put the crosses on our shamrocks. Remember while you're doing this to explain to the kids how St. Patrick taught about the trinity using a shamrock.
I decided they were so cute that I wanted to display them on the mantle in our dining room! So I just opened up the paper bags and slipped them onto liquor bottles.
The cute banner came from the Dollar Tree.
I hope you enjoy this Catholic St. Patrick's Day craft- I know we did! These puppets are just too much fun to make with kids! Now I want to see what you've been doing to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick! If you have a post to share about St. Patrick's Day, please link it below! :-)
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