Tennis Ball Puppet Heads

tennis ball head puppet

Buy cheap tennis balls from a discount shop and make these hysterical tennis ball puppet heads.


tennis ball head puppet fun craft

Tennis ball

Google eyes


Craft glue

Step 1

Using a sharp knife, scissors or Stanley knife (adult should do this) cut a horizontal cut half way across the tennis ball.

Step 2

Glue on google eyes.

Step 3

Make hair using wool (or permanent marker).

a) Cut lengths of wool. Just make this approximate because you can trim the hair

tennis ball head puppet -- wool hair

b) Tie a knot in the middle

tennis ball head puppet -- wool hair

c) Trim the hair to desired length.

tennis ball head puppet -- wool hair

d) Glue the wool on top of the head.

Step 4

Add lips with a permanent marker (and eyelashes too!).

tennis ball head puppet -- lips

tennis ball head puppet -- finished

Step 4

Allow to dry.

tennis ball puppets fun craft

Step 5

Do a puppet show!  Just press on the sides of the ball to open the mouth. Hysterical!

tennis ball head puppet show craft kids

tennis ball head puppet fun craft



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    July 6, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Ha ha too cute! My two just walked past and saw them – we’ll be doing them tomorrow!! 😉

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    July 6, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Great idea. Will definitely give it a go.

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      July 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

      It was a great because my 10 year old and my 4 year old loved it.

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    Nicole Grant
    April 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    And excellent for hand strengthening 🙂

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    September 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Cute idea!

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    September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    This is such a cute idea…I will be doing this during a vacation school camp that I run! They will love it 🙂

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    December 10, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I am 11 yrs old and love this. I am a ventriloquist and can use this as a puppet until I save up for a dummy!

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