It’s time for some Christmas puppet fun! These cute Christmas stick puppets are simple to make with our free template and kids are sure to have a blast putting on a puppet show with them after making them, or using them as props while singing along to their favorite Christmas carols. We have Santa, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, an elf and a snowman. Which character is your favorite?
How to Make Christmas Stick Puppets
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- Christmas Stick Puppets Template <—- Get the template HERE
- *wooden craft sticks
- red cardstock, green cardstock, brown cardstock, white cardstock
- red and white poms
- googly eyes
- white cupcake liner
- peach paint (or peach crayon)
- paintbrush (if using the peach paint)
- cotton ball
- brown chenille stem
- black marker
- Glue Dots
*We received our wooden craft sticks from our friends at Orientaltrading.com. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Christmas Stick Puppets Instructions:
We’ve divided each craft separately below so you can easily follow along with the instructions on how to make each individual craft stick puppet. Make just your favorite Christmas character or make them all.
Santa Stick Puppet Craft
1. Begin by cutting one-third off the top of a white cupcake liner.
2. Paint the inside circle of the cupcake liner with peach or tan colored paint. Set it aside to dry completely.
3. While your paint is drying, use the template to cut out your red triangle Santa body and the white Santa mustache.
4. Glue the painted cupcake liner onto your red triangle, leaving enough room at the top for the triangle hat at the top.
5. Add a line of glue at the top of the cupcake liner. Then add a thin layer of cotton ball on the glue.
6. Glue your googly eyes, mustache and small red pom-pom nose on your Santa face. Then glue a white sparkly pom at the top of the triangle hat. We used Glue Dots for the pieces so we didn’t have to wait for drying time. They also work well to glue down the pom-poms.
7. Finish your Santa Stick Puppet by gluing a wooden craft stick at the back of the Santa.
Elf Stick Puppet Craft
1. Use the stick puppet template to cut out the elf triangle body on green cardstock and the elf face and ears on tan cardstock.
2. Glue the ears on the sides of the elf face. Then glue the face onto the green triangle.
3. Cut out some hair for your elf (color of your choice) and glue it at the top of the elf face. Then add a line of glue and thin strip of cotton ball at the top of the elf hair.
4. Glue googly eyes and a small red pom on your elf face. Then glue a sparkly white pom at the top of the elf hat.
5. Use a black marker to draw a smile on your elf stick puppet.
6. Finish your elf stick puppet by gluing a wooden craft stick on the back of the elf.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stick Puppet Craft
1. Use the craft template to cut out a reindeer head triangle on brown cardstock. Turn the triangle so the tip is at the bottom. Cut out ears from more of your brown cardstock paper and glue them onto your reindeer.
2. Glue googly eyes on your reindeer. Then glue a red pom at the bottom tip of the triangle.
3. Now create the reindeer antlers. To do this, fold and cut a brown chenille stem in half. You’ll use one-half of a chenille stem for each of the antlers.
4. Fold and cut your chenille stem in half again. Then cut one more of the sections in half. Fold each of the smaller sections around the larger section to make antlers. Do this with the other half of chenille stem as well.
5. Add a Glue Dot on the antlers and glue them on the back of the the reindeer.
6. Finish your Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer stick puppet by gluing a wooden craft stick at the back of the reindeer. We glued it on a bit of an angle.
Snowman Stick Puppet Craft
1. Use the craft template to cut out the snowman head and body section on white cardstock. Glue the head onto the body of the snowman.
2. Cut out a carrot nose from orange cardstock. Glue googly eyes and the carrot nose on the snowman.
3. Use a hole punch to punch out several black circles. Add dots of glue under the snowman nose for a smile and add the black circles on the dots of glue.
4. Glue a few buttons on the snowman body.
5. Tie a ribbon around the snowman where the face and body meet. Secure it with a knot to create a scarf. Then trim off any excess pieces of ribbon.
6. Cut out brown pieces for snowman arms and glue them onto your snowman.
7. Finish your snowman stick puppet by gluing a wooden craft stick on the back of the snowman.
Your Christmas Stick Puppets are complete!
Now it’s time for play. Simply hold the end of the craft sticks and use them as puppets. You can make a DIY stage out of cardboard to put on a puppet show. Or hold them as props while singing some of your favorite Christmas songs.
More Christmas Crafts for Kids
These pretty Christmas angels would make a great addition to your Christmas stick puppets. You can hold the end of the paper straws and use it for a puppet too.
Use handprints for a personal touch to create this cute Reindeer Handprint Christmas card.
You are sure to find some amazing things to make on this list of 50+ Christmas Arts and Crafts ideas.
These printable Thaumatropes for Christmas are another fun Christmas craft for kids to make and play with.