Scottish Stick Puppet
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 5 and up
The traditional clothing of the Scottish includes a tartan kilt and a jacket accessorized with white hose, shoes and a sporran. This cute craft depicting typical tartan dress is a fun way to celebrate Tartan Day (April 6th), Scotland Week, and Scottish heritage.
What you'll need:
- Jumbo craft stick
- Felt: black, white, peach and brown
- Plaid material (1 ¼” x 3”)
- Acrylic paint: silver, peach, white and pink
- 2 small wiggle eyes
- Black marker
- White craft glue
How to make it:
- Paint craft stick peach and let dry.
- Paint bottom 1 ¼” of craft stick white and let dry.
- Cut white shirt from felt and glue to the front of the craft stick, neckline should be about 1 ½” from the top.
- Wrap plaid material around the craft stick, overlapping bottom of the white shirt. Glue in place.
- Cut the jacket from black felt and glue over white shirt. White cuffs should be sticking out.
- Cut two ovals from peach felt and glue to back side of the white cuffs for hands.
- Use the handle end of a small paintbrush to dot on silver buttons using acrylic paint.
- Cut a sporran (pouch worn at the waist) from brown felt, should be the shape of a bowl. Glue to the front of the kilt.
- Cut two shoes from black felt and glue to the bottom of the craft stick.
- Cut some hair from brown felt and glue to the top of the craft stick.
- Use a cotton swab or a scruffy paintbrush to pick up some pink paint. Dab off most of the excess paint so that it is almost dry, dab dry pink paint on to craft stick for cheeks.
- Use the handle end of a paintbrush to dot on a pink nose.
- Glue on two small wiggle eyes.
- Draw smile on with black marker.
- The word tartan refers to woolen cloth woven into a plaid design worn by different Scottish clans.
- A sporran is a small pouch, usually made of leather, that is worn around the waist of a kilt.
- Tartan Day is the celebration of Scottish-American heritage and traditions.