Fall Leaf Finger Puppets

Nov 4, 2022 | DIY Crafts, DIY Holiday Crafts, Thanksgiving

Wisconsin’s southeast region experienced a fall turnaround in a matter of days. One day it was summer, and then the next it was winter. Fall is in full effect now; kids are heading back to school and the local candy corn wagon has been replaced by an annual pumpkin wagon. Therefore, gather the whole family and head outside to collect some of those falling leaves. They’ll make great finger puppets!

Red Ted Art also has additional material to gather, such as leaves. Then, learn how to keep it all safe at the same time.

This project uses cardboard tubes, pipe cleaners and leaves that have been recycled for the components. You can find a full list of instructions below, which you’ll need to follow by inserting the arm through the sides of the tube and affixing eyes and a leaf for a head. It’s also advisable to glue on buttons for a more finished look.




  • card
    board tubes
  • pebbles or bark
  • leaves
  • twigs
  • wiggle eyes


  • card
    board tubes
  • buttons
  • chenille stem
  • construction paper
  • silk leaves
  • wiggle eyes



  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • hot glue gun
  • Natural Puppets



  • Begin by hot gluing the leaf to the top of the cardboard tube for the head. Next, hot glue the twigs to the sides of the tube for the arms.
  • Hot glue pebbles or small pieces of bark to the front of the tube for buttons. Finally, add wiggle eyes to the leaf head.

Synthetic Puppets

  • First use a glue stick to cover the cardboard tube with construction paper.
  • Next, hot glue a silk leaf to the top of the cardboard tube. Glue on buttons and wiggle eyes and add chenille stems for the arms.
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