Monday, October 17, 2011

Hand Puppets



My mom (the master) made a lot of amazing puppets when I was a kid. She made fun and fluffy characters and Fraggles with ping-pong eyes and fuzzy hair. My parents would put on puppet shows at children’s church every Sunday creating lifelong memories for us kids.
In my first attempt to make a puppet I decided to check online for some pointers. I found a great series of video tutorials on eHow.com for “How to Make Puppets”. The videos come from Paul at puppetsandstuff.com. It is a really easy puppet pattern with a minimal amount of sewing. So get your glue gun hot and ready to go.

(The videos are a bit jumbled on eHow and they aren’t labeled by step so I listed the links here in their correct order.)
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES

My Version:

* I didn't use a hairdryer, contact cement, foam brush, or pink rubber foam. Instead I just used pink felt and hot glued it to the mouth.
* Used an x-acto knife instead of a box cutter.
* Didn't use a pom-pom, just worked with the fleece I had.
* Used black felt cut out into small circles, instead of the adhesive felt tabs.
* Didn't use foam for eyes, used white fleece and stuffing instead.

PART 3: CUTTING AND TURNING THE PUPPET BODY

* I stuffed the arms with shreds of leftover fleece and then hot glued the tops of the arms together on the inside to keep the stuffing in.


* I used black felt and just hot-glued it to the cardboard piece instead.


* I just used pink felt and hot glued it onto the mouth.

* I made the eyes by cutting out big circles of white fabric, gathering the edges together over a ball of stuffing and securing tightly with thread, wrapping the thread around a few times tightly and then tying a knot (Just like he makes the nose). I cut off the excess and hot glued the eyeballs to the head. Then I  cut out small round felt pieces in black and hot glued them on. Lastly I cut out half-circles of orange fabric and glued them onto the eyeballs and head to create eyelids.

* I like his eyes a lot better but I was considering safety of the eyes, in case my baby girl decided to put them in her mouth.

* I just cut out an oval shape of felt and glued it onto the face.

* My “hair” is just some plush fabric bunched up and hot glued onto the head. I used the same plush for his chest hair.

* I skipped this step

The puppet turned out pretty cute and was really easy to make, although mine turned out a lot differently from Paul's. There are probably an endless array of characters you can make from this one pattern. Thanks Paul from puppetsandstuff.com!

4 comments:

  1. Hand puppets are very popular and making hand puppet is easy & can be good experience and points you made is good, did get good information.
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  2. Thank you so much for giving easy steps in making puppet.it become very easy to me making puppet

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  3. Beautiful job.. I watched his videos and he puts that foam in the puppets head to shape the puppets head, can I ask what you did or did you do the same? I am so excited to try this.
    My son has three beautiful daughters that love this puppet show and wants some to play along. Your instructions were the best I've seen, so thank you so much for sharing.

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