How to Make Puppets

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Learn how to make puppets with moving mouths in this free video series, including tips on making a puppet pattern, sewing and adding features like arms, legs and eyes.

Series Summary

Puppets are inanimate objects used to tell a story in a play or presentation. Usually puppets are characters, but not always. Puppets have been in use for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Greek civilization. They are used in shows, theaters, movies, plays and even Saturday morning cartoon shows. Some puppets are moved by strings or sticks, these are called marionettes. Others are worn like gloves and are moved by the hand. Still others involve electronic controls and mechanisms, these are called supermarionation puppets. Puppets come in all shapes and sizes, colors, types, and denominations. Making your own puppets is a fun activity for people of all ages. There are different supplies needed for different kinds of puppets. This series of videos demonstrates how to make a moving mouth puppet. Our expert explains how to create different variables of a puppet’s face beginning with the drawing of the pattern. You will learn how to make a puppet’s mouth board and how to make it move. Watch as our expert creates a tongue and finishes the mouth of the puppet. Get tips for making the eyes and nose of a puppet. Learn what works best for the stuffing of the puppet’s arms, legs and head. Bring your puppet to life by adding wires to the arms and making it move. Put on a play with your new puppets and entertain your friends and family!

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