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Springy Spoonfolk | Recycled Crafts

Springy Spoonfolk

Here's the scoop on these simple spoon people: with their colorful plastic bodies and springy construction paper limbs, they're perfect props for a tabletop puppet show or other imaginative production.


  • Colored construction paper
  • Glue
  • Tape or glue gun
  • Plastic spoons


Springy Spoonfolk - Step 1

1. We used strips of colored construction paper: two 1/2- by 11-inch ones for each leg, and two 1/4- by 11-inch ones for each arm. Help your child glue the ends of 2 strips together, forming a right angle (A).

Springy Spoonfolk - Step 2

2. Then show him how to alternately fold the strips over each other (B and C), creating springy, accordionlike folds. When he reaches the ends of the strips, he can glue them together. Repeat for each arm and leg.

Springy Spoonfolk - Step 3

3. With tape or a low-temperature glue gun (an adult's job), attach the completed limbs to a plastic spoon, then add a paper mouth, eyes, and hair. For curly hair, just roll paper strips around a pencil. Allow the glue to dry, and the spoonfolk are ready to play.