Paper Clip Puppets

A few days ago I made these little puppets with paper clips and cardboard.  The kids were really coming up with some entertaining stories for them.  If you want to try it out, they’re very simple to make.  First, bend the middle of a paper clip so it stands up.  Then cut out the puppets, making sure the corrugated cardboard holes are vertical.  Paint or color the puppets.  Now slide the paper clip through the holes of the cardboard puppet.  (Just push it firmly into the cardboard.  It holds very nicely.)  Now play!  I’d like to make some cars and trucks like this too!


  1. Luisa
    August 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    That looks cool and fun!

  2. hviit
    August 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I love it... as always:)So easy and so much joy. I adore yor blogg. And so do my kids.

  3. Paul & Paula
    August 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    great great great!
    will try it out asap with my kids!!!

    love from amsterdam

    like the photos a lot as well...

  4. my18stripes
    August 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    You are so creative! And the things you create seem so simple. I am i awe.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kevin
    August 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    What type of paint are you using? (awesome idea btw!)

  6. Anonymous
    August 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    You are a genious :) Brilliant ideas - I always look forward to seeing what you invent next! Simple and brilliant.

    Love Vibs, Copenhagen, Denmark

  7. Joel Henriques
    August 19, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks everybody! Very kind.

    Kevin - I use non-toxic acrylic paints by A2 Chroma. They're really great.

  8. se7en
    August 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Hay as usual you are full of such wonderful style!!! My kids made little animals like these a while back and played with them on a tray with magnets underneath the tray. Little apparently "hands-free" beasts. Very fun!!!

  9. polwig
    August 19, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    What a cute can make whoever you choose to... plus I bet later they can make a great bookmark too

  10. child central station
    August 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    what a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

  11. les cailloux de Maé
    August 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    a new very good idea! I really like follow your blog...always " un plaisir"!

  12. Lia
    August 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I love these. They are so simple and can be made for practically nothing. I will be making these with my elementary school students and my own kids as well.
    You're the best!

  13. Lori Henriques
    August 20, 2010 at 3:03 am

    darling! the little lion reminds me of the tiny sculpture from grandma henriques. . . lovely. :)

  14. handmade romance
    August 20, 2010 at 4:03 am

    AWESOME! now to find me some kids or perhaps this is a good way to brighten my desk at work ; )

  15. res
    August 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    you are very clever. i love this

  16. mari
    August 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    So simple - but the best part is your choice of "Illustrations". Great stuff!
    (I linked to it on my blog today too.)

  17. kristine
    August 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

    as usual your ideas are simple and fine. thanks
    have a good day.

  18. arrosoir
    August 23, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I pass and I feast regularly here, I think I have never taken the time to leave a trace ... but this time, it becomes necessary!
    thank you for this wealth of ideas and objects that demonstrate simple and beautiful as rich as the relationship you have with your children, the transmission of the interest to create rather than buying, your talent. And thank you for your children to lend themselves well to this game

  19. Patrick Pasques
    August 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Simple and absolutely fabulous ! That's the talent !

  20. nesto
    August 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    another good idea!!!!!!! I love the lion!

  21. mermaid
    September 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Very clever!

  22. Jannell
    September 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Yow! Excellent, creative, simple, cheap. You could even do magazine cut outs glued on. Lots of ways to go with this.Thanks.

  23. May 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Love to see this charming zoo. It has been years since I´ve done one of these paper puppets and after I saw it here I just had to try it out again. So simple yet so funny, thanks. My litle boy liked the result:

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