How to Make Puppets : Tools & Supplies: How to Make a Puppet

How to Make Puppets : Tools & Supplies: How to Make a Puppet

Hi, this is Paul Lewis from
You can find us on the worldwide web at on behalf of Expert I would like
to welcome you. Today I am going to teach you how to build a moving mouth puppet which
is a basic moving mouth puppet that you can use in your next puppet production. First
we are going to start out with some supplies that we are going to need so you might want
to jot this down as I show them to you one by one. We are going to need a bunch of hot
glue sticks, hair dryer, and hot glue gun and box cutters. This over here is a piece
of cardboard cut from a juice box and the cardboard is going to be cut in a rectangle.
It is going to be about 4 ½ x 6 inches. We are also going to need some cataphyll fleece.
A half-yard cataphyll fleece will do the trick. Any color that you want your puppet to be.
The neat thing about cataphyll fleece is that it comes in a whole variety of colors and
by the way, most of the materials you can buy at your local fabric store or craft store.
Over here we have a sheet of rubber. Normally these come in rectangle but I have been cutting
pieces off building a bunch of puppets. So, it is not a rectangle right now but they do
come in rectangular shapes red rubber. Over here, is a piece of 1 inch foam rubber and
we have cut it into kind of a square about 7 ½ x 7 inches. We are going to need a sheet
of felt, black felt preferably. We are going to need right over here is kind of a little
brush with foam rubber at the end. We are going to be working with contact cement later
on so this will be able to be your tool for dabbing on the contact cement. Of course,
we are going to need our contact cement. We are going to need some scissors. We are going
to need a pom-pom. Over here we have a bunch of little tabs of felt and they are adhesive
pieces so you can peel them off the paper and stick them on your character. I will show
you what they are for later on. But again you can buy them at your local craft store
and fabric store. Magic marker and craft fur and little marabou bows. Of course, we are
going to need a sewing machine. Over here, we have a little glass of water and it is
not to drink. We are going to be using it when we work with our hot glue and I will
show you a little trick there that will save you a lot of time and could also keep you
from getting burnt. If I had a penny for every time I got burnt with a hot glue gun for not
using that water, I would be a millionaire by now. So, we are definitely going to keep
that water right over there. I think that is about it for our supplies so when we come
back we are going to start building our puppet.

30 thoughts on “How to Make Puppets : Tools & Supplies: How to Make a Puppet

  1. HELLO i am from argentina and i found really useful this videos ,i been working with puppets since i was 12 but using only the guignol now that i foud this videos and the web site i am going to try this kind of puppets thank you so much ,i hadnยดt found material like this in argentinian web sites ,THANK YOU ..

  2. @lovezation thanks yo ๐Ÿ™‚ but vbgenechten already helped me on that ๐Ÿ™‚ but thanks again anyways ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thanks for this video….this guy's method is excellent. He's right that one of the most challenging parts is using the sewing machine if you're not used to it. If you can't get that foam rubber for the head, I used squares cut from an old couch cushion, and it worked quite well. Also, he's right about the water & hot glue gun thing…man it burns when you don't dip your fingers in the water dish first!

  4. @vishbush He said "anti-pill" fleece. Just means fleece that doesn't get little bits of material coming off it or "pills" as they're called. A lot of old worn out clothes have "pills" on them.

  5. Last year I made 5 of these puppets for a teen group going to Romania on a missions trip. They were able to do about 10 shows for churches and some public schools. Many children had never seen a puppet before. We left them for some teens to use in their church and community. Everyone loved them and wondered where we bought them. These are big enough to wear baby cloths to make diff. people. Thanks for the directions. I do agree with others wish you could find them all in order and in one place.

  6. Thank you for making these awesome video tutorials. It has helped make puppets for my students in the last three years!

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