Pop-up Animal Puppets with Printables

If you are anything like me, you probably have a collection of empty cardboard tubes laying around in a bin somewhere just waiting to be turned into a fun craft. If this sounds like you, then you are in luck! These pop-up animal puppets are adorable and fun to play with.

Free printable animals are included.

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Dixie Cup Squirrel Craft

These Dixie cup squirrels are an easy and adorable fall craft.

My daughter ever so randomly and matter-of-factly said to me the other day, “Mama, let’s make a squirrel craft.” It was so out of the blue. I had to ask why. Her simple answer was “Because they are so cute”. That was good enough for me and let’s be honest, they are pretty cute. These Dixie cup squirrels are perfect for the fall and were easy to make.

Dixie Cup Squirrel Craft - kid's arts and crafts for autumn / fall - paper animals

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Footprint Squirrel Craft

Footprint squirrel craft

With the summer nearing, our yard has become a playground for many furry backyard creatures. The bunnies are hopping, the chipmunks are scurrying & the squirrels are gathering nuts. Squirrels were one of the first things that I learned to draw.  My grandfather taught me when I was a little girl & it has always been one of my favorite creatures because of its cute bushy tail.

My daughter has been loving making footprint crafts lately & asks for them often. We made one tonight & of course it was a squirrel. Footprint & hand print crafts are my favorite to make because they are not only adorable, but also because they make great keepsakes.

Footprint Squirrel

Paint your child’s cute little foot in a shade of either brown or gray.


Paint in the tail, ears & arms.


Use chalk & marker to add details & highlights to complete our sweet little friend.


Put in a frame for an adorable keepsake for you or to give as a gift.

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