This Jumping Paper Cup Elf Puppet Craft is so much fun to make and play with. Kids can make easy and fun Jumping Elf Puppets that leap up and down when you pull the string! Such a cute interactive Christmas craft.
Hang your finished Paper Cup Elf Puppet on a hook or door handle and when you pull the strings out to the side it will “jump” up along the strings and when you bring your hands together again it will “jump” back down! So fun!
Jumping Paper Cup Elf Puppet Craft Tutorial
These adorable Christmas elf puppets are easier to make than you might think. Because they’re built around a paper cup they don’t require much more than a bit of cutting and sticking. We’ve shown you each simple step below with a photograph and written instructions so you can easily follow along.
Supplies To Make Jumping Paper Cup Elf Puppets
- White Paper Cups
- Skin Tone Paint
- Red and Green Paint
- Cardstock – White, Black, Red and Green
- Mini Pom Poms – Red and White
- Small Wiggle Eyes
How To Make A Cute Jumping Paper Cup Elf Puppet Craft For Christmas
2 – Flip your paper cup up-side-down and make two small holes in the base. We gently pushed through with a small pair of scissors to make ours. (Grown ups only.)
3 – Take an arm span length of yarn and thread the ends through the holes on the bottom of the paper cup to make a loop. Tie the two ends together.
4 – Paint a small piece of cardstock with skin tone paint.
5 – Cut out two pixie ear shapes for each elf puppet from your skin tone painted card.
6 – Glue the elf’s ears onto the side of the paper cup head.
8 – Cut two long strips of stripy card for each elf puppet.
9 – Cut two curly elf shoes from black cardstock.
10 – Concertina fold your elf legs and glue the curly shoes onto the ends.
11 – Glue the legs into the inside of the paper cup body.
12 – Cut a thin strip of white card long enough to wrap around the elf’s neck. Cut little zig zags along one side.
13 – Glue the zig zag neck decoration around the elf puppet.
14 – Cut an elf hat out of red or green cardstock and glue it on.
15 – Cut two arms out of red or green cardstock. Cut two semi circular hands from your skin tone painted card and glue them on.
16 – Glue the elf’s arms onto the back of the paper cup.
17 – Finish off your Jumping Paper Cup Elf Puppet Craft by glueing a white pom pom onto the top of his hat and a red pom pom nose. Add some wiggle eyes and a cheeky smile and your Christmas elf puppet is ready for some fun and games!
Hang you elf puppet onto a door handle and pull the two strings out to the side. Now your elf will jump up and then down again when you bring your hands back together.
Finally, don’t forget to pin this elf craft so you can find it again easily.
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