Jack O Lantern Finger Puppet

By Noreen Doll.

Create an easy Jack O Lantern finger puppet that is quick to make and fun to use.

Jack O'Lantern Finger Puppet by Crafty Journal

This is great for young kids to play with as it is very durable.

Jack O'Lantern Finger Puppet by Crafty Journal


Craft Foam –  Orange, Green and Black

Scrap Paper to make a pattern


Foam Glue


How to Make a Jack O Lantern Finger Puppet.

1. Draw a pumpkin shape on scrap paper. Make it large enough that you can cut 2 holes in the bottom big enough to fit fingers through.

Crafty Journal - Jack O Lantern Finger Puppet

Cut the holes in the paper pattern and check to make sure fingers fit.

2. Draw around the pumpkin on the orange craft foam. Draw the 2 finger holes.

Crafty Journal - Jack O Lantern Finger Puppet

Cut the pumpkin out. The edges look better if you hold the scissors straight up and down and don’t slant them.

3. Cut the holes out.

An easy way to start the holes is to fold the hole and cut a small slit in the center, that doesn’t go past the edges of the hole.

Crafty Journal - Jack O Lantern Finger Puppet

Put the scissors tip in the slit and cut out the hole.

4. Make a pattern for the stem on scrap paper. Make the large part of the stem an inch or so longer than you want it to be.

Cut the stem out. The extra inch will be where you put glue to attach it to the back of the pumpkin.

Trace the stem on the green craft foam and cut it out.

Crafty Journal - Jack O Lantern Finger Puppet

5. Make a pattern for the eyes, or just draw them on the black craft foam. The eyes can be any shape.

Cut the eyes out.

6. Put glue on the lower part of the green stem and attach it to the back of the pumpkin.

Crafty Journal - Jack O Lantern Finger Puppet

7. Glue the eyes on the front of the pumpkin. Keep them fairly close together.

8. Use the Sharpie to draw a mouth.


The mouth could be cut out of black foam instead of being drawn on.

Wiggly eyes can be used instead of black foam. Or the eyes can be added with a marker.

The Jack O Lantern finger puppet could be made from paper, a foam tray that has been washed and painted orange, or a milk jug that can be painted.

If you will be making lots of finger puppets, or several kids will be making them, make the templates from a milk jug so they will be more durable.

Use the pumpkin for Thanksgiving fun.

© Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. This is so cute! It’s not just for Thanksgiving. I would use glue dots and turn the pieces into little kits in Halloween goodie bags to either hand out as treats or use at Halloween parties as a cool make and take activity.

    At a party, put some stickers, glitter glue and markers on the table so the kids can really decorate them up. You could do the same at Thanksgiving to keep the little ones busy before dinner.

    So cute!

  2. Super cute!

  3. Adorable! Stopping by through Create with Joy’s Inspire Me Mondays. Have a great week!

  4. I am visiting from Mix It Up Monday. You have so many cute crafts. I love the autumn angel in the sidebar!

  5. How cute is that! So simple really. Thank you for sharing.

  6. So cute! Hopping over from Artsy Play Wednesday. :-)

  7. Coming over from the Koenig’s Link Party to see your adorable project. Such a fun kid’s project.

  8. I love this so much – simple but so fun. It’s definitely a crafty my preschooler would love! Thanks for sharing!

  9. This is so cute! My toddler would get a kick out of these finger puppets! Id love for you to link up with our link party Life Created Tuesdays! We’ll be pinning and featuring posts every week :)

  10. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says:

    This is so cute! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday.

  11. This is a great tutorial! I’ve seen similar ideas pinned, but they don’t have the dimensions indicated, making it a bit of a guessing game!

    I would love for you to share this at my weekly Pinterest Party – http://www.adventureswithjude.com/search/label/Sunday%20Sharing

  12. This is such a fun craft. I think we may make these at our Halloween party.

  13. What a fun idea! My 2 year old Grandson would love this! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  14. Ha. Cute idea!

  15. This is very cute and our preschool-age twins will love it! Thanks for sharing at Serenity Now’s weekend link-up. :)

  16. Just wanted to let you know that you were featured on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!…hugs…Debbie

  17. I adore this. SO MUCH FUN for kids! Oh, please come link it up at my link party this weekend! :) It would be perfect for my party- my blog is all about fun things to do with/for kids!

  18. I love this. So cute. I will definitely be using this on my Teaching Toddlers Thursday!
    found you at the Friday Flash Blog Hop

  19. So cute and timely.
    Thanks for sharing on BeColorful

  20. Such a cute craft!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!

  21. What a festive and very easy little craft.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  22. These are so adorable! I love them.

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party.

  23. Featuring at Family Fun Friday!

  24. Thank you so much for sharing this post at last weeks Saturday Spotlight on Angels Homestead!

    Hope to see you again this week!


  25. Love this! We’re featuring your post on Share It Saturday this week over at Sugar Aunts! Thanks for linking up :)

  26. Thank you for linking this great idea to ‘Share It Saturday’. I look forward to featuring in on my round up of pumpkin ideas.

  27. These are adorable! Thanks for linking up at the Spooktacular Halloween Round Up! :)

  28. How adorable! This would keep my littles entertained for hours

  29. So cute! My toddlers would love this!

  30. Love the fast EASY crafts! That’s what I look for!
    Thanks! Here from TUT.

  31. Hi Noreen Happy Fall!! How fun are these. Before you know it Halloween will be here.

  32. Super cute and what an easy craft for the kiddies! Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party, pinning!

  33. Love this! Pinned and tweeted. We truly appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Please stop by and party with us again. The party starts Monday at 7 pm and ends on Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  34. Jann Olson says:

    what a quick, easy, and fun project! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  35. Such a fun craft. Thanks for sharing. Can imagine the endless finger puppets that can be made with this technique.


  36. This is so cute! My daughter loves seeing her fingers do the work. I found you on the Made for Kids link Party. Pinning for later! Thanks for sharing!

  37. Super cute and fun! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things Link Party!! Come back again!! Pinned!

  38. So cute and SO easy!! Great idea!!

    Thank you for sharing with #made4kids. Can’t wait to see what wonderful idea you have for us next week!!

  39. Again, you have the best project ideas! Thank you for sharing them on the Bowdabra Saturday Crafty Showcase!!!

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