Stick people – woodland puppet craft tutorial
There is honestly nothing more rewarding than a craft project where the bulk of the materials are FREE! And even better, and you know this about me now, a craft project that’s ‘extended’ – and by that I mean, going out into the woods, and FORAGING those craft materials – remember – whatever you do, don’t say “let’s go for a walk” – it’s all about the “adventure!”
And the brief for that ‘adventure’? Sticks that would look a bit like a BODY – so a three pronged stick – (think, neck, head and two arms).
And then as many of nature’s accessories as you can carry for your woodland puppet creation!
Dried seed pods; feathers, acorn cups, leaves, seeds – and moss too – the more you collect, the more options you have to be creative.
We really like Air Drying Clay – as it’s so simple to use at home or in the classroom – we found a good clay without any plastic fibres too – click here: Gedeo non firing clay, which we highly recommend (you can find similar in the US click here aff. links for your convenience)
So it’s pretty simple really – see the photos for reference and inspiration.
Position your sticks – you may need to break the arms down to the right length, that sounds bad right?!
But you know what I mean…
And then select your puppets eyes, ears, and fingers as the basics.
Grab three small lumps of the air drying clay, and roll them into balls, one large and two medium for the hands.
Gently push the balls of clay onto the ends of the three pronged sticks, squeeze the clay so that it’s tight on the sticks.
Then you’ll need to act swiftly, as – guess what, the air drying clay, dries in the air!
Shape the head and add texture, or leave just as a lump – and then…..
Start assembling and creating your puppets – this is so much fun – honestly, just use your imagination, build the puppet’s faces up, and add a leafy scarf and some crazy moss hair!
More woodland creations from Tamsin Young – pencils!
Even more clay craft ideas here: