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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  1. Deborah (Teach Preschool) says

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

  2. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

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

  3. Wonder Mom says

    Now they need some pixie dust to spread around…

    Too sweet!

  4. Dear Valerie,

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


  5. 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.

  6. Mommy Moment says

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


  7. Erin Cabatingan says

    Those are awesome!

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

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

  10. Mom and Kiddo says


  11. MaryAnne says

    Super cute! I think Emma would love this =)

  12. Did you reinforce the photos at all?

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

  13. Love and Lollipops says

    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,

  14. Raising a Happy Child says

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

  15. Super extra cool. I love it!

  16. Lisa Anne says

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

  17. Iamredeemed says

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

  18. Just Breathe says

    Those are too cute.

  19. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Wonder Mom — Oooo.. I love the pixie dust idea! πŸ™‚

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

  20. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ 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? πŸ˜‰

  21. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ 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.

  22. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ 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!! πŸ™‚

  23. Anonymous says

    i love you, mommy


  24. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    I love you too, Em! πŸ™‚

  25. qwiksave says

    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:

  26. RedTedArt says

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

  27. 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

  28. These are soooo cute! What a great idea.

  29. familyofthree says

    These are TOO adorable!!! I'm totally keeping that idea for the future. πŸ™‚

  30. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ qwiksave — Thank you so much! That is soooo sweet! I'm off to check out your blog! πŸ™‚

  31. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

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

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

    As always, thanks for sharing!

  33. Nadia@FunWithMama says

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