Adding Wire to the Arms: How to Make a Puppet

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Learn how to make puppets in this free video clip, including adding wire to make the arms of a puppet with a moving mouth.

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Video Transcript

Hello, this is Paul from You can find us on the worldwide web at Now we have a nice little puppet here but you know what when he is moving around his arms are kind of dangling from the side. I am going to show you how to make some arm rods and these are great when you want to move the puppet arms. Basically what we are going to do is take a wire hanger. You have to unravel the wire hanger so that it is nice and straight and then go in the middle of it and start bending back and forth as fast as you can so that the friction eventually breaks it into. I’ve two pieces here now. What I have done if you can see at the very tipsy top I then bent it about a 1 ½ so that it is a very tight slim bracelet type of design there. I want to straighten out the hanger out a little bit there. There we go. Now, the bottom part of the hanger is a little bit rough and you hurt your hands here. Remember the little piece of triangular foam that we cut out earlier. Okay we are going to use it now. We are going to snip off the end like that and then cut it in the middle. Then we are going to take the sharp end that is not bent of the rod and we are going to stick it inside there just half-way through. Okay. So we now put a little hole in there. We are going to take our hot glue and we are going to dab some hot glue inside that hole and stick the end back in and pinch with your fingers. What we are going to do then is take one of the hands of the puppet and we are going to insert this bracelet type of top over the wrist. You want to do the same thing with the other side and bend it a little bit like that. . You now have a really nice little moving mouth puppet with arm rods. Hello there! Haha I am alive. Thank you Paul. Oh my pleasure. Now he does not have any clothes. Oh no, I am naked. Yes, you are naked but you can easily go to any thrift store. I go to thrift stores and I purchase infant clothes or very small toddler clothes and they fit really nicely on the character and you can put a dress on the character if you want to make it a girl and a shirt if you want to make it a boy. Also, you can add ears if you want. Just little fabric…glue some ears on. We hope you enjoyed out puppet making video and again you can reach us at On behalf of Expert, I would like to thank you for watching. Take care and have fun with your puppet. Yeah, have fun! Bye.


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