When we go for walks around our neighborhood, we love seeing the little forest animals popping out periodically. We have seen rabbits and deer, and sometimes we can hear an owl hooting outside our window at home. These little forest animal finger puppets were so fun to make, knowing we could use them to talk with our daughter about some of the animals we see outside.
Plus, finger puppets are just perfect for puppet shows on the go! We had so much fun with the farm animal finger puppets I made, so I really wanted to add more felt finger puppets to our collection! The little owl and rabbit turned out adorable – forest animal finger puppets are so fun for putting on a puppet show!
How to Make Forest Animal Finger Puppets
- felt in dark brown, light brown, grey, and white
- pattern for forest animal finger puppets
- thread in grey, dark brown, white, and black
- small buttons for eyes
- glue gun
- sewing needle
After you cut out the pieces you need to make the rabbit finger puppet, start by gluing the tail on the back piece. Then glue on the buttons for eyes, the felt nose and the white piece for the chest.
Next, thread your needle with back thread (I doubled my thread so my stitches would be more visible). Use black thread to stitch the rabbit’s mouth. Then switch to white thread to stitch the rabbit’s whiskers on either side of the nose.
Next you need to put both the front and back pieces of the rabbit together, with the good side facing out (so the tail is visible on the back and the face is visible on the front). Blanket stitch around the sides and top using grey thread (again, I doubled my thread). Don’t blanket stitch along the bottom, since you need to leave it open.
The last step is to glue the pink felt pieces in the center of the ears. Then you’re done with the rabbit finger puppet!
Once you get all the pieces for the owl finger puppet cut out and ready, you’ll want to glue on the pieces to make the face first. Glue the beak in the center of the face, then glue on the white circles so they are slightly overlapping the top edge of the beak. Next, glue the button eyes in the center of each white circle. Glue the three rows of feathers on the belly of the owl, but don’t glue the wings on yet.
Use brown thread to blanket stitch around the sides and top of the owl, sewing the front and back pieces of the owl together. Don’t stitch across the bottom, since it needs to remain open.
The last step to make the owl finger puppet is to glue on the wings. If the edges of the wings don’t align perfectly with the edges of the owl puppet, just carefully trim a little material off the edge of the felt wings so they match the curve of the owl.
I love just love these forest animal finger puppets! They are perfect for puppet shows on the go, and honestly the little felt animals are just adorable. My daughter loves watching us play with the little animals, having the owl hoot and the rabbit hop, and I love hearing her laugh as we play with them!
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If you liked these forest animal finger puppets, don’t miss how to make farm animal finger puppets! The little cow, pig, and chicken puppets are perfect for singing Old MacDonald!
Which of the forest animal finger puppets is your favorite?