Puppet Valentine Card
This is a little too complicated for our littlest crafters but what a beautiful card for our teenage crafters to make and give to someone special.
Heavy Paper or Card Stock
Crayons, Colored Pencils or Markers
Small paper brads approx 1/2 inch
First, print out the valentine clown on heavy paper or card stock.
Color the clown any way you like and then cut-out each clown part and punch a small hole at each of the small circles or swivel points.
After the holes are punched, line up the upper leg parts behind the body at the holes. Push a brad through the holes from the front to the back and then open the brad in the back Repeat this for the arms. (Use small paper brads about 1/2 inch long.)
Next, line up the lower legs behind the upper legs and push the brads through from the front to the back and open the brad prongs in the back.
There are at least three ways to have fun with the clown puppets. You can punch a small hole at the top of the hat and hang the puppet on a string. Or you can use double back tape or a thumb tack and stick them to some convenient object. (I have one of mine taped to my book shelf right near me!) Or you can add a stick to the back and use it like a stick puppet or stick it in a pencil jar or flower pot. (one of my clowns really likes the pencil jar right on my desk.)
You can attach a long craft stick (or bamboo skewer) to the back of the main body by first glueing a small piece of Styrofoam to the back. Then push the stick into the Styrofoam at a slight angle with some glue on the tip (I use a stick about 12 inches long and always stick the pointy end into the foam).
For Styrofoam you can get a sheet of 1/2 inch and cut pieces about one inch by two inches or you can use a Styrofoam ball about one or one and a half inches, and cut this in half (For safety: A young child should be helped with this process.)
You can make more then one and use the stick on the back in one, punch a hole at the top of the hat in another and hang your puppet, and make another to give it to the person you love.
Have fun! Use lots of sparkle and imagination.
Be sure to write a love message on the Valentine heart the clown is holding.
This craft is reprinted courtesy of PheeMcFaddell.com.
In Phee's words "It's really all a matter of learning to use your imagination, all proper like of course, instead of treating it like that ugly third cousin you'd just as soon stuff in a closet as look at. And what do you suppose this world of yours would be like if there weren't some around brave enough to be creative? Well, you'd be missing a whole lot of conveniences I'll tell you that, plus the scientific developments, and all the beautiful art."
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