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Ten-minute tutorial: make a badger hand puppet

For our second ten-minute tutorial, we are showing you how to make a badger hand puppet out of an egg box, a black glove and a few other bits and pieces.

Suitable for (recommended): age 8 to adult, but younger children might enjoy making this with supervision. Unsupervised use of a craft knife is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

You can follow the video tutorial below or, if you prefer, underneath that we have included written instructions accompanied by photos. Have fun creating!

Please note: our ten-minute tutorials are thus named because they are ten-minute videos. The actual time it takes to make your badger puppet can vary, but shouldn’t take longer than a crafty afternoon.

Written and photo instructions

To make this puppet you will need:

  • an egg box
  • a black glove
  • white paper (or newspaper if there are sufficient plain white sections, such as borders) – if your egg box is white you don’t need the white paper
  • a black felt-tip pen
  • PVA glue
  • an old paintbrush or craft spatula to spread the glue with
  • scissors
  • a craft knife (not essential, but makes cutting out the snout easier)
  • a pencil (not essential)

Start by taking your egg box and cutting out one of the two cone shapes inside. If you have a craft knife this will be easier, but if not you can score around the base of the cone with the scissors then cut it out.

Cut out the square bottoms of five of the six cup sections where the eggs normally sit (the bits with the circle in the middle, as per the picture), and put these to one side.

Next cut your white paper into little squares and use PVA glue to stick it onto the egg box cone, completely covering the outside and overlapping the edge. Give it some time to dry. If your egg box is already white, you don’t need to do this step.

Now take your badger’s snout, and you’re going to draw on the stripes. Badger’s have a white stripe down the middle of their face and a black stripe either side. You might find it helpful to draw on the position of the stripes in pencil first, before you go over them with the black felt-tip pen.

Take two of the squares you cut out earlier with circles in the middle and cut around the circles, leaving a triangle at one end. These are going to be the ears, and the triangle will act as a tab to stick them onto the badger’s head.

Cover the ears with white paper on both sides, using PVA glue to stick the paper on. Try to keep the impression of the circle in the middle, as per the picture. If your egg box is white, you don’t need to do this step.

Once the glue has dried on the ears, take your black felt-tip pen and colour in the circle in the middle, as per the picture.

To make the eyes, take two of the remaining small circles from the egg box, cover one side of each with white paper (the side with the impression/indentation of the circle), then colour in the circle with the black felt-tip pen, leaving a little white oval near the centre. If your egg box is white, you don’t need to cover the circles with white paper.

Cut out the two black circles (you might want to cut them down to a smaller size for the eyes). To make the nose, take the final circle that you cut out from the egg box, cut out the circle in the middle and colour it in on both sides with the black felt-tip pen. You don’t need to cover this one with white paper first.

Now it’s time to stick the features on using PVA glue, as per the picture. To stick the ears on, apply glue to the triangle tabs then stick them to the inside of the cone/head.

Once the glue has dried and the features are secure, simply put on the black glove, fit your middle finger snugly into the head, and there you have your badger hand puppet!

Share your creations and thoughts

We would love to see your badger puppets, so please share your creations with us on social media:

  • Facebook: @noseyhedgehog
  • Instagram: @noseyhedgehogpuppetry
  • Twitter: @NoseyHedgehog

We’d also love to receive feedback on our creative tutorials so we know what you are enjoying and if there are any bits we can improve on, so please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below. Thank you.

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