Although recycling has become a need, it’s also true that it provides new toys, decorative elements and beautiful things that make us a bit happier. Today, we are going to create a quick animal puppet with corks. They are not only used to play but to decorate your kids’ room or their playing spaces. You will see that it’s really easy and the result is very nice!

Kids Craft with Corks: Animal Puppets

recycled-animal-puppets-with-cork2You will need the following materials to create them:

  • Download the stencil for the animals’ heads (you can also create your own design to get a personal result)
  • Some skewers
  • Some Bottle corks (one for every skewer)
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Small and colourful pompoms
  • Glue
  • Thick paper or poster board
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife

The first step consists in painting the bodies of the future animals. If you have chosen the lion, you know that it requires a blonde mane so you can paint its body in yellow or gold to get a “real result” provided that it is the King of the Jungle. Rabbits use to have a grey body, the fox a dark red one and the bear is brown. If you can imagine any other animal you know what to do… (a zebra seems a good idea).


While the bodies are drying, we print the stencils and cut the animal’s heads. Thick paper is a better option as we have to hammer it into the cork. Once the cork is dry, we add the pompoms with glue. You don’t need to fill all the cork with pompoms, three lines will be enough. You must check that they surround the whole body and that the colours are similar to it, in this way, it will seem that they are the animal’s fur.

In the case of the rabbit, there are light blue pompoms complementing the grey because it has different colours in its fur. You can do it on your own. The best thing about it is that you are getting a great result whatever you do!



Now, using the sharp knife (it must be done by an adult) you have to cut the top of the cork to get a crack. This is the place where you are going to put the animal’s head. You can add some glue to fix it. Then, in order to complete it, you just have to place the skewer at the bottom part of the cork. You can also use some glue.

Have you seen what can you get with a simple cork? Now you are going to keep it instead of dumping it because this craft will make your animal stories more interesting. Kids can even create their own plays or add some bubbles to imagine what they say!