Matchbox Monster, Spoonerella, Rapid Rabbit, The Ghost Hand Puppets

7.THE MATCHBOX MONSTER HAND PUPPET
You need a wooden matchbox, some colored paper and glue. Throw away the drawer part of the matchbox. Cover the outside of the other part with paper (light blue is nice and monsterly). Cut out two circles of colored paper, one smaller than the other. Cut the circles in half and use a half of each to form each eye, as shown. Cut out a fringe of black hair and two goofy teeth. Glue the features in place. With match stubs or glass tacks you can make the electrodes that this monster has instead of ears (where he plugs in when his battery is down). Make an instant body for him and slip the matchbox head down over the first finger. And now, beware of the Franklystern Monster!

MATCHBOX
MONSTER hand puppet

8.SPOONERELLA HAND PUPPET
You need a large wooden salad spoon, crayons and one of the scouring pads made of woven copper or brass foil. Draw a face on the back or rounded part of the spoon. If you wish, you can paste on paper features. Spread the center of the scouring pad with your thumbs and slip it on over the top of the spoon to make a crown of shiny hair. Now grip the spoon in your hand as shown. Drape a bright handkerchief over the extended thumb and finger and in front of your hand. Secure it with a rubber band the way you did with the instant body, except that in this case the rubber band runs around behind the spoon handle instead of behind your first finger.

SPOONERELLA hand puppet

9.RAPID RABBIT HAND PUPPET
Quick like a bunny, find a large white handkerchief and a rubber band. Lift two corners of the handkerchief to form two ears and grasp it as shown. Now firing the bottom end of the handkerchief up and around the base of the ears. Make a knot, leaving the ears sticking up. The knot is the rabbit's head. Work your first finger into the knot to hold the head upright, hiding your hand behind the drape of the handkerchief. Use the drape and your rubber band to complete the rabbit with an instant body.

RAPID RABBIT
hand puppet

10.SPOOK-A-BOO THE GHOST HAND PUPPET
Once more you need the handkerchief and the rubber band. Tie a knot in one corner of the handkerchief. Push the knot around until you have a surface on which to draw a face in crayon or ink. Make an instant body out of the hanging part of the handkerchief, and you have a spooky guest for your next Halloween party.

THE GHOST hand
puppet