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I’m back again with another wooden spoon puppet craft that we made to go with our cardboard puppet theatre! Today’s puppet is this awesome wooden spoon pirate captain puppet that my son dreamed up and I helped him make. We have had so much fun on this project and I think this might be one of my favourite puppets that we have made so far. We’ve made up several different stories around him and my little lad is already coming up with loads of ideas for accessories that we can make to go with him too!

Here is what we used:

  • Wooden spoon
  • Lollipop stick
  • Sticker eyes
  • Self adhesive felt (we prefer to use self adhesive rather than felt and felt glue as it means that my son can do the sticking rather than just watch me doing it all. We just only peel off the bits we want to stick).
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

How to make our wooden spoon pirate captain puppet

Start off by taking your lollipop stick and gluing it centrally across the neck of your wooden spoon, this will make the pirate’s arm. Then you’ll need to give your pirate a face. We started off by cutting out and sticking down a beard, we then added the hat on top before sticking on two grumpy eyes and a mouth.

To make the t-shirt, place your captain on to the back of your felt and draw your shirt shape around it on to the paper backing before cutting it out. Remember your shirt will need to be wider than your puppet frame in all places.

To save felt you could just stick one shirt piece to the front. However, we’re planning on using our puppets long term so wanted to make them sturdy as possible. We drew around our shirt shape and cut out a second identical piece to make the back. If you decide to cut out a back piece too remember to draw around the shirt with both felt sides facing outwards as they will be on the spoon, otherwise your pieces might not match up!

To attach your pirate shirt, peel off the backing paper and attach one to the front of your spoon and one to the back. Pinch the two sides together to meet and secure in the middle. Repeat the same process to make a little pair of trousers.

wooden Spoon pirate captain puppet craft for kids

Finish off your pirate by adding some decoration. We cut out some yellow felt strips for the sleeves and the bottom of his shirt and we also added some yellow buttons. Finally we gave our pirate a sword by cutting out a white blade with a black hilt and sticking them together on one of our lollipop stick hands

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