Monday, May 17, 2010

Photo Puppets

These photo puppets were so much fun to make, and I think the girls will enjoy making scenery to act out plays with them. What little girl doesn't like to imagine herself as a flying fairy? For boys, try this same technique, but turn them into superheroes instead. Not that there's anything wrong with boys who want to be fairies or anything... I'm just sayin'.


This is mostly a Mommy/Daddy craft, but you didn't think we let the girls have ALL the fun, did you? Heavens, no! Mark took some photos of the girls playing with magic wands and I cut them out.



I used the leaf-shaped paint chips from Home Depot as a pattern for the wings, which were cut out from an old wallpaper sample book (free at most paint supply stores).


Glue on a popsicle stick, and it's time to play!!


Clara's magic wand worked so well -- it made one of her shoes disappear!


Have fun!!

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33 comments:

Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

So cute and what a great idea. My preschoolers would love playing with puppets that looked like themselves!!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Are you serious!?! Those are just plain too cute for words.

Wonder Mom said...

Now they need some pixie dust to spread around...

Too sweet!

Mark said...

Dear Valerie,

It also made Clara's left shoe appear on her right foot. Amazing!

Love,
Mark

Anna said...

That is too sweet for words. What child wouldn't want to see themselves as a fairy or superhero? Mind you my daughter spends half her day with wings on.

Mommy Moment said...

I can't even say how adorable these are...
Seriously, why am I amazed? You always outdo yourself!

((hugs))
Jody

Erin Cabatingan said...

Those are awesome!

Matthew said...

I LOVE this idea! I have a cape in my Dress Up area that would fit the bill for the boys as well...

Christy said...

Brilliant!!!!!!!! This might be my favorite idea ever.

Mom and Kiddo said...

LOVE THESE!

MaryAnne said...

Super cute! I think Emma would love this =)

Ticia said...

Did you reinforce the photos at all?

Way too cute, and kind of like your homemade tea bags, which I loved as well.

Love and Lollipops said...

Hi Valerie

You are a girl after my own heart! I just love these. Saw something similar years and years ago in a Parents magazine, but have never ever got to making some! I love "fun with photos" and am hoping to do a regular post about just this kind of craft! I'll be sure to link back up to you!

I must tell you that I am a great fan. You are on my blog roll and I really think your crafts are AMAZING. You have such wonderful ideas.

I hope you will pop by and visit sometime!

Kindest regards,
Georgia

Raising a Happy Child said...

I love it - as always you have the most creative ideas.

Petula said...

Super extra cool. I love it!

Lisa Anne said...

What a unique creative Idea. I so love that. Never would have thought to do something like that. WOW. LOL

Iamredeemed said...

Wow - you are just wayyyy creative! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Just Breathe said...

Those are too cute.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Wonder Mom -- Oooo.. I love the pixie dust idea! :-)

@ Anna -- I can't decide which she enjoys more - wearing the wings around the house, or playing with the fairy photo puppet!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Matthew -- I bet they will turn out great!! I wanted to do a superhero puppet with Mark's photo, but it was getting a bit late. I made note of it for a future project. You didn't think I would let him off the hook _that_ easily, did you? ;-)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Ticia -- I printed out the photos on photo paper, so I didn't reinforce them, though it would be pretty easy to use thin cardboard, like from an empty cereal box.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Love and Lollipops -- Thanks so much for your sweet comment! So nice to "meet" you, and I'm off to check out your blog. Photo projects are so much fun!! :-)

Anonymous said...

i love you, mommy

Emily

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I love you too, Em! :-)

qwiksave said...

I LOVE these, got to make some of my two little boys!

I'm Nicky qwiksave) of Creative Flourishes here letting you know I have nominated you for a 'Beautiful Blogger Award' - see my post here:
http://creativeflourishes.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-first-blog-award.html

RedTedArt said...

Brilliant! LOVE these. so simple, but SOOO effective!

Dave said...

I think you could make an amazing flash video using this technique. I might try it. It strikes me as a technique that would work for a music video

Gaby said...

These are soooo cute! What a great idea.

familyofthree said...

These are TOO adorable!!! I'm totally keeping that idea for the future. :)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ qwiksave -- Thank you so much! That is soooo sweet! I'm off to check out your blog! :-)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Dave -- Oooooooo... I think you could be on to something there! I love stop action video projects. They are sooo much fun!!

tara said...

This is a super neat! I think I'll try it tomorrow . . . it's inspired an idea.

As always, thanks for sharing!

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

this is awesome! I cant wait to try this with my son... only thing is, how do i make a cape? hehe

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