How To Make a Rod & Stick Puppet

rod stick puppet craft

Lydia’s 4th birthday was last week. My husband took most of the day off so we celebrated by goign to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. (If you live in Atlanta, you must be a fan of theirs on facebook. They run deals every once in awhile–so for Lydia’s birthday we got in for $5 instead of $16!!)

We wanted to take her to the Center for Puppetry Arts because I had already planned that her birthday party with friends and family would be a Puppet Party! (<—click there to read all about it on my personal blog!) It was so amazingly fun. One of the biggest parts of the party was the puppet craft–we made a Rod & Stick puppet. And I stole…I mean was inspired by the Center for Puppetry Art’s Make-a-Puppet Workshop!

The puppets turned out so cute, I thought I’d do a more detailed description here! These would be perfect for any occasion–you can decorate them to look like anything or anyone! Plus your kids will play with this puppet forever!

rod puppet craft

I cut the body out of posterboard. This is much better than construction paper because it’s more sturdy.

Then two arms: one solid and one in two sections. The sectioned arms should have holes punched in each end. Then once you attach them to the puppet’s shoulder with brads, you’ll have a moving arm!

We cut out the head and hands from brown paper but any material would do. I think adding the brown face and hands makes it more fun to decorate—and adds some contrast to the body.

We used all kinds of things to decorate the puppet—craft foam, pom-poms, buttons and wiggly eyes.

puppet craft rod stick

But the best part was the hair. I cut out pigtails for mine from construction paper. Then, once my artistic brother got to the party, he cut out little “wigs” for all the puppets. He just folded the paper in half and cut out a nice braid shape. Unfold and voila–instant puppet hair!

rod stick puppet craft

Grab a paint stick for the back (glue and tape works best) and then attach another stick to the moving hand. I used a skewer with a piece of making tape on top to protect the kids from the point.

rod stick puppet craft kids

Lydia has been playing with her puppet all week–with or without a puppet stage!



  1. This is super cute-thanks for sharing!
    .-= briana´s last blog ..A Sweet Masterpiece: Painting with Icing 🙂 =-.

  2. OK – I’m doing this today with the boys and some friends – we’re studying “Us” – God made us wonderful! I’m so glad I knew where to come to find this!!! 😉

  3. This was so much fun! I’m posting some pics on Flickr and I’ll send you a link so you can see our puppet show pics!

  4. i love it! I made a puppet like this when I was a little girl living in Atlanta! We used some cool parachute material to glue to the front and it made it super cool 🙂


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