1. Welcome to the Muppet Central Forum!
    You are viewing our forum as a guest. Join our free community to post topics and start private conversations. Please contact us if you need help with registration or your account login.

  2. Sesame Street Season 48
    Sesame Street's 48th season officially began Monday August 6 on PBS. After you see the new episodes, post here and let us know your thoughts.

    Dismiss Notice

Building an Elmo

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by SesameStMuppets, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. SesameStMuppets

    SesameStMuppets Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone!

    I'm in the process of building an Elmo puppet as a Birthday gift for a cousin. I'm trying to use patterns from Project Puppet to construct him but don't know which ones to use.

    I was thinking of enlarging the Rotondo head and alternate body pattern to fit proportionally with the arms and legs of the Mostro? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
  2. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

    The Monstro is good.
  3. SesameStMuppets

    SesameStMuppets Well-Known Member

    Really? I would have thought the head too foot-ball-shaped for Elmo's head, and the body too much like Grover's?
  4. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

    I have never made an Elmo but someone on here made an Elmo and used the Monstro. I'm on my mobile so I don't have time to find the pictures but when I get home, I will try to find it. Or if someone here can post the link...I believe the same builder made a Kermit.
    muppet88 likes this.
  5. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

  6. SesameStMuppets

    SesameStMuppets Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much! I'll be sure to check in on that.
  7. pashmonster

    pashmonster Well-Known Member

    I didnt use any patterns, monstro pattern is no good.

    I watched many videos of Kevin clash with elmo and determined that elmo's head is only foam from his mouth upto just behind the eyes about an inch, behind this it is nothing but the fur. I found this the was the only way I could the head shape correct.

    The eyes are xmas plastic baubles with a bar protruding down which is then secured with a thin metal bar. This allows the eyes to be pulled down and gives different expressions. This was also noted in an interview with Kevin Clash.

    The body and arms were just hand drawn on paper and then transfered to fur.

    Hope this helps anyone.
  8. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

  9. SesameStMuppets

    SesameStMuppets Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone!

    Thank you all again for your help. I'm still in-process with the Elmo build - I have to sew all of the parts together and make the proper eyes (right now they're just styrofoam balls).

    I'd like to get some feedback, though, with what I have. I used the Roly head/arm patterns, Simple Series alternate body pattern, and Mostro leg/feet patterns (scaled to proper size).

    You can see him here:

    I'd like to add a disclaimer that I'm not out to make an exact replica - just a gift for a small cousin. Enjoy!
  10. pashmonster

    pashmonster Well-Known Member

    Having made and elmo already, i think you need to make a one peice nose from a foam egg shape and cover it with one peice of cloth. I would say the eyes are slightly too large as well.

    It actually looks a lot like mine did before i took out the scissors and trimmed the hair down a little around the body as its a little too long. You could also dip him in a tub of boiling water (after cutting the hair) for a minute then rough up the whole body and let it air dry, believe me it makes all the difference.
  11. SesameStMuppets

    SesameStMuppets Well-Known Member

    Sorry I've been so out of the loop... Thank you for your response!

    First off, is the egg suggestion to remove the seam going down the middle? I thought the shape was okay...? The pattern is actually from this Bert pattern:


    That's high praise! What does the water dip do for the fur, exactly? I've never quite understood...
  12. pashmonster

    pashmonster Well-Known Member

    Yes the egg is to remove the seam. just use a foam egg and stretch material over it and hot glue it to the back.

    The boiling water technique makes the fur seem matted but if the furs too long it just looks like a wet cat. once it has been in water for a minute rinse out the hot water and just rub the fur it gives it a more elmo scruffy look rather than a puffball look.
  13. shoo

    shoo Active Member

    What did you use for the eyes on your elmo? I am trying to find eyes for my cookie monster, but I've no luck in finding plain white plastic balls...
  14. pashmonster

    pashmonster Well-Known Member

    I used 2 part plastic xmas baubles, they are found everywhere on internet. i glued them together and primered them white and then finished with gloss white, they come with a little hoop on them so they can be sewed directly to the puppet. I didnt use this method i cut off the bottom 20% and then glued in a pair of the dome eyes which have a stalk in so they can be pulled further into the head. i can pull on the stalk to give elmo expressions but i think just sewing them on will be fine.

    FUZZYRED Active Member

    I was planning to build elmo puppet as well and if you say behind the head about inch from eyes and nothing but the fur. How do you keep the back of fur shape while you perform elmo?
  16. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    The fur (pattern) should naturally follow the shape of your hand, but looking at countless pics and videos, I still feel the skull goes back much further than that.

    BUT, you need to remember when looking at resource materials, there are so many different Elmos that were used and everyone of them is diffferent from the others. Pick the one you like, and go for it!

    And don't forget to post pics!
  17. pashmonster

    pashmonster Well-Known Member

    It does follow the shape of your hand but because of the way i stitched it it does kinda hold its self up another inch or so after the foam ends. I used a sewing maching to do the back stitching two lines quarter of an inch appart, rest is hand stitched.
  18. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    Pashmonster - I am just curious with your Elmo, what did you use for the mouthboard? It looks fantastic and seems to close perfectly straight........

  19. pashmonster

    pashmonster Well-Known Member

    Elmo mouth

    I used 2mm plastic sheet, known as styrene, i had a bit left over from another project and its light, stiff and can be cut with sharp knife and sanded smooth.
  20. Scvsnare9

    Scvsnare9 Member

Share This Page