Thursday, July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Finger Puppet

I really like Harry Potter. So does most of my family. We're still trying to convince Jordan that she NEEDS to read the books. I didn't read them until about a year and a half ago and I really want to know why I didn't read them sooner! Since tonight I'll be busy at the midnight showing, I thought to myself, "What craft should I do this week, duuuhhh Harry Potter!" Today's craft is Harry Potter finger puppets. Quite simple to make really. This was my first try and I'm satisfied.
Materials:
Felt
Thread and needle
Permanent marker
Craft glue (tacky glue)

First, measure the felt of the body around your finger. You'll want to add a little extra fabric since we'll be sewing it and will lose some of the width. For the length, you should cut a little less than the length of your finger. Next, sew the two edges together making a tube.

Turn it right side out and now you have the body. Next, cut out a circle for the head. I traced a thread spool with a permanent marker and found it to be the size I wanted.
 
Now for making Harry's head I used layers. He had the back of his hair, his face, and his bangs. I cut out a circle larger than his head to make the back of his head. Then I cut into it and made it look like messy hair. For the bangs, I cut a half circle and then also cut into it and made it look like messy bangs. Then I glued the layers together.

The arms were tricky to figure out. There could be a better way to do it but I just guessed. I cut 2 vertical slits into the side of the body. I then slipped a rectangle through the holes and sewed the rectangle down at both holes to the body from the inside of the tube. Then I added a ring around the top of the neck for a scarf...because I put the arms too high up. I sewed small stitches on the outside and made sure my knots were on the back. Trim if necessary.


I decided this ring will be a scarf. I cut out a rectangle and cut out some red pieces on a diagonal. I then glued the red pieces onto the golden rectangle. I glue two pieces on one side and two on the other and folded the piece in half.
As I went across and sewed the ring shut, I sewed the scarf and head down as well. I just went horizontally across and made sure to sew down everything. I made small, close together stitches for durability. I overlapped the scarf a little bit onto the chin to make sure the head isn't going anywhere. I drew a face on him with permanent marker. Make sure the marker has dried before you touch his face because it will smear. Slip the little guy onto your finger and now you have a Harry Potter puppet!


21 comments :

Ashley said...

hehe these are sooooooooooo cute:)

Jordan McCollum said...

Cute! I guess the question is: will you be bringing these tonight?

(And I've started the first book: once in English and just yesterday in Spanish. We'll see if I make it through.)

Heather Landry said...

Oh my goodness! She HAS to read those books. They are awesome. Your little puppet is just too cute! I'd have known right away who he was meant to be.

Just Jaime said...

LARRY POTTER (as my husband says) Perfect! I was thinking I should have done an HP craft this week.

Jordan McCollum said...

BTW I'm not an illiterate, I just don't like reading/watching/wearing/making stuff that EVERYONE is reading/watching/wearing/making (unless I found it first).

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

So cute! I'm putting up a HP post tomorrow. No crafty goodness like yours, but some commentary, and my own love story :)

Mongs said...

haha...so cute! I love that, you're so clever! They should include this as part of the HP merchandise. Thanks for dropping by my blog btw! HAve a great day!

love~mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

laxsupermom said...

So cute! We usually send the teen with his friends when the movie comes out and wait for the DVD for the rest of us, but we may have to all go to this since it's the last one. Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

Gorgeous finger puppets! We're revisiting all the Harry Potter books with our girls now. The older one has now taken off on her own and is almost finished them,but I'm still getting to read them with our youngest! and loving them just as much second time round!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Sam Findlay said...

Brilliant!

cookieandclaire said...

cute!

Jami said...

Great finger puppets! Would be a fun craft for a Harry Potter party! Thanks so much for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party!
Smiles!
Jami

L.A. said...

This is SO awesome. I'd be tempted to make a whole handful with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Snape and Dumbledore and show up at the theatre with them!
Stoping by from Someday Crafts "Whatever Goes Wednesday"

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

I have seen this on a few link ups and had to click and say CUTE...great idea!!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Cute!! Now you need a Ron and Hermione! :)

Jamie said...

oh, these are adorable. I would love for you to stop by http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/ on Monday to link up your little Harry Potter and any other projects you would like to share.

Crystal said...

How fun and so cute!

I would love for you to linkup and share this awesome tutorial on my solution and resource meme!

http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2011/07/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions/

Six Sisters said...

Ha ha ha ha! I LOVE this! Now you have got me thinking about all the other puppets that I can make! Brilliant! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday- we would LOVE to have you come back tomorrow and link up more of your great posts!
-The Six Sisters
http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Haha, that is SO cute!! Love it!
Thank you for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week as well!
Hugs,
Vanessa

Katie said...

super cute! Thank you for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy! Please come back tomorrow and link up your most recent project!

Erin O'Riordan said...

Too cute!

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