Finger Puppet Advent Calendar, DONE.


Completed Finger Puppet Advent Calendar

The finger puppet Advent calendar is DONE and ready to go off to its new home!  While completing this project, I discovered that spray painting is a skill that takes a little practice.  (Sorry Joyce, your spool rack was my first ever attempt, and it shows.)

I purchased the blank tags, then used stamps to add the numbers to count down the days until Christmas.  The tags looked pretty bland, so I grabbed a fine tip Sharpie and traced a little red border along the edges, then tied on a short piece of red and white twine to loop over the little spool posts.

Completed Finger Puppet Advent Calendar

They look so excited at the thought of their new home, don’t they?  (And I really should rig up a light box, see my dining room intruding in the top of the picture?  Sorry about that.)

My next challenge – finding a box for this and getting to the post office before it closes.  Wish me luck!

Sometimes the Smallest Gifts have the Biggest Impact


108. A Surprise Gift for a Child

This little finger puppet was a surprise gift for a five year old friend of mine.  It was a “just because” present made from leftover scraps of felt, and even with the postage it was a nearly-free gift.  Hearing she had mail was a thrill, then to see her new little toy — that would have been enough of a treat!  But her favorite part was when her Mom read to her that the little dog had asked to go live with a Princess.  Realizing I meant her made her absolutely glow.  The real gift here was the unexpected compliment. Who doesn’t love those?

I made a similar gift for my friend Hal Lublin after he told me he’d been to Muppeteering school.  I was thrilled and told him, “You are SO getting finger puppets, Mister!” I don’t think he even remembered that, but the next time we met I had his little dog, pig and bat finger puppets tucked in my purse.  I kind of laughed when I showed him that if you layer the pig and the bat, you get “Dracu-pig.”

A tiny felt legend was born.

Dracu-Pig and Dog! (And Hal!)

(And yes, I did happen to have my camera in my hand to capture this momentous occasion.)  Now as Hal travels around the country on business, DracuPig tags along and meets some of the most interesting people in social media and beyond.  The magic is all Hal, but the finger puppets are a nice foot in the door.  Go ahead and Google DracuPig.  He’s kind of a big deal.  For a finger puppet.

The lesson I’m trying to pass along here?  Don’t talk yourself out of giving a gift because it’s just a small thing and you think it won’t be worthy.  Even the very smallest kindness can go a long, long way.


P.S.  And in a perfect demonstration of how great a small kindness can make you feel, I *did* Google DracuPig and I found that while I might be writing about him now, Hal had already written about me.  :)

Finger Puppet Advent Calendar


165. A Growing Family

This is a project I started months and months ago, wandered away from and now have to kick my own butt to get myself going on it again.  Eventually, this will be a set of 24 or 25 finger puppets, numbered somehow and displayed as an Advent calendar.  A coworker/friend of mine loved the idea, so these little guys will be off to live at her house. (They’re very excited about that!)

I purchased a spool rack to use as a stand for the finger puppets, and I have a vague idea of numbered tags since an Advent calendar really comes down to the counting.  Mostly I’m making this up as I go along, and I’d appreciate any ideas as far as animals that might like to join the herd.

If you want to try making an Advent calendar of your own, you might consider joining Craft Apple’s challenge for encouragement and accountability – or just to nab some great ideas.  :)

I’ll post more pictures as this project moves along!