Make a No-Sew Silly Shark Sock Puppet

Today we are making a silly sock puppet! A shark sock puppet that is the perfect kids craft for kids of all ages that you can then use in your own puppet show.

This shark themed kids craft works great for shark lessons, as a shark week activity or for pretend play.

A cute shark puppet using socks is shown - How to make a shark sock puppet - Kids Activities Blog
Make this cute shark puppet using socks

How to Make a Shark Sock Puppet

You know that extra sock you found in the dryer a few weeks ago? And the one the month before that? Well, here is the best thing about this sock puppet craft is that it can use things that are completely useless to you!

Or if you are using this for a classroom, you can purchase a package of sockets and each student can use one.

We intentionally made this a no-sew craft so that it could be done by kids of all ages with help.

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supplies for making shark sock puppet
Grab these supplies to make your own shark puppet out of socks!

Supplies Needed

Directions to Make a Sock Puppet

A blue sock used to make shark puppet and the areas are marked for cutting
Note the areas that need to be altered to make the sock-like a shark.

Step 1

Once you take the sock to make the shark puppet, mark the areas you need to alter to make it like a shark. As show above, the toe part is going to be the shark’s mouth and the heel part is going to be the fin. 

A blue sock is cut to make the shark mouth opening
Take your scissors and make the cut for the shark’s mouth

Step 2

Turn the sock inside out and cut the stitch in the toe part of the socks for the shark’s mouth. 

Trace the sock end to make the cut for shark's mouth to make the shark puppet toy
Shark’s mouthpiece is traced and cut.

Step 3

Place the sock on a piece of felt and trace the edge(Curved part) of the sock’s cut part for the shark’s mouth. Draw lines on either side of the curved part for approx two inches.

Cut using scissors on three sides and fold the felt and trace it again for the other side and cut it again. You will get a piece of pink felt like shown in the picture above. 

A collage of how the pink felt is glued for shark mouth to make the hand shark puppet
Glue the pink felt piece for the shark mouth to make the shark puppet

Step 4

Using the hot glue gun, make a line of glue at the edge of the sock on the inside of the sock on one side and glue the pink felt piece onto it, then fold the felt piece to look like a mouth and match it to the edge on the other side on repeat the same step to glue.

The shark’s mouth is now done. 

A zig zag pattern is made onto a piece of white felt for shark's teeth to make the shark sock puppet
Make a zig-zag pattern for shark’s teeth

Step 5

Take the white felt and draw a zig-zag pattern using a marker. Make sure the zig-zag pattern doesn’t touch the edge of the felt. 

I Ironed a piece of Interfacing on one side of the felt to make it thicker as my felt was very thin but this step is totally optional if you have a thick felt.

Cut along the zig-zag pattern to create shark’s teeth.

Glue the shark teeth as shown using hot glue. 

Make the shark fin by holding the heel part of the sock in three fingers and gluing them
Hold the heel part in a “Y” shape using three fingers and glue it to make the fin

Step 6

Shape the heel part to look like a fin using thumb, index, and middle fingers. By holding it, turn the sock inside out, you will see a “Y” shape formed.

Open it and squeeze some hot glue in, hold it for some time, and turn it back to see the shark’s fin. 

Wear the sock into te hands and glue one of the eyes and take it out and place the other eyes to finish the shark puppet
Glue the shark eyes to finish the shark puppet toy using socks.

Step 7

Wear the sock and find the right placement for the eyes.

Glue one of the googly eyes by wearing the sock, remove it and glue the second one for the perfect spacing.

The big reveal of shark puppet toy
wah!! Shark puppet is now ready!!

Finished Shark Sock Puppet Craft

The shark puppet is now ready to play. 

A man wearing Shark sock puppet is shown
How cute is the sock puppet? I really love the fin part. don’t you?

Make sure your own shark stories and enact them to your friends! 

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No-Sew Shark Sock Puppet

The big reveal of shark puppet toy

Let's make a fun shark sock puppet craft that doesn't require any sewing skills! This shark themed puppet craft uses those leftover socks you found in the dryer and transforms them into a puppet with teeth...literally. This kids craft works for kids of all ages with adult supervision and a little glue gun help.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost free

Materials

  • A sock
  • Craft felt in pink and white
  • Two googly eyes
  • (optional) Interfacing

Tools

  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • A permanent marker
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Mark a line on the toe with a marker that will be cut for the mouth.
  2. Use scissors to cut the line you marked on the toe. This will be the shark's mouth and then turn the sock inside out.
  3. Using the cut sock area as a template cut a inner mouth piece from pink craft felt.
  4. Glue the pink craft felt inside the opening for the mouth.
  5. On white craft felt cut a zig zag pattern that can be used for teeth in the sock puppet's mouth.
  6. Glue shark teeth in place.
  7. Create a fin from the heel by glueing with hot glue.
  8. Turn the sock right side out and glue on the googly eyes.

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How did your shark sock puppet craft turn out? Did you host a puppet show?

4 Comments

  1. Mud Pies For Mommy says:

    ohh my gosh. My mom did this with me when I was little. His name was Jake the Snake! I loved him so much, and it was so simple, just a sock.
    .-= Mud Pies For Mommy´s last blog ..Things Kids Say Thursday #18 =-.

  2. Hi Rach!
    I love this idea and I DO HAVE an old pair of socks in my treasure chest! 🙂

  3. hey thanks for the idea,i loved it .well i even have a bunch of old socks maybe i will try once and gift it to my friend her bdays coming up.thanks again.

  4. I love this quirky puppet. My girls are always telling me they want to make sock puppets, but this is way cuter than ones we have done. I love the hair!

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