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Homemade Puppets

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by TML, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. TML

    TML Active Member

    Hi ho! I've been a member for a while here an post from time to time. I teach elementary art and about two years ago I decided to start using puppets in my classroom to help with boring things like classroom management, how to use materials, and how to clean up. I made three original puppets using project puppet patterns, then I tried making a a couple Sesame Street characters: Elmo & Cookie Monster, using Project Puppet patterns as a starting point. By having my puppets interact with the Sesame Street ones, it gives them street cred in the kid's eyes! Here's a link, I hope you enjoy. :insatiable:

    http://s40.photobucket.com/albums/e238/toddscustomfigures/Puppet Making/
  2. shtick

    shtick Member

    Great stuff!

    For someone whose doing this on the side, you've proven to be quite skilled!
  3. charlie bird

    charlie bird Member

    Awsome work! My favorite character is the pig.I wish I new how to make puppets like that.
  4. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Active Member

    Wow...love your Elmo and Cookie Monster. good job! Wished I had that talent of making Muppets.
  5. TML

    TML Active Member

    The first puppet I made was the purple artist. Project puppet makes it pretty easy. Elmo & Cookie are made from the Mostro & Borsa patterns. I bought the MR replicas as references & I am attempting to make Kermit, Gonzo, & Animal. For Kermit, I'm going to try the glorified sock puppet as a starting place. I found a place online that sells remnant blocks of foam & bought one for $30 for Gonzo. I'm going to try the melon shape for Animal. Wish me luck!
  6. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Active Member

    Well so far, your doing an awesome job. Pleas keep us updated on your progress! ;)
  7. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    Wow, excellent job! I hope my Elmo will come out as well. What did you use for a pattern, and where did you come across the eyes?
  8. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Member

    Yes DEF keep us updated. These are amazing!
    Also, can you please post the site that sells teh foam blocks? Wal mart used to sell them for $10-$15 (2 different sizes) but no longer carry them, which is a let down
  9. TML

    TML Active Member

  10. TML

    TML Active Member

    I added a few more pics of three other puppets I made. I hope you like them. :zany:
  11. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    Have you ever used Walmart's "Full Fleece"? I'm new at this, so I apologize for my stupidity, but I hear everyone talk about the Antron Fleece and wonder why is it so much better?
  12. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Active Member

    Awesome job, love the penguins! :zany:
  13. TML

    TML Active Member

    The butterfly is made from polar fleece. She looks fine, but the seams are very visible running down her face. It's all a matter of what you're looking for. I wanted to make her kinda quick so I used polar fleece and machine sewed it.
  14. TML

    TML Active Member

    Last week was spring break. Some people go on vacation, I spent it making a Kermit the Frog replica using the MR poser as a reference and the Project Puppet sock pattern. I am very proud of it. I hope you like it :)
  15. bezalel

    bezalel New Member

    Awesome stuff TML!
  16. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    those are all awesome
  17. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    That's incredible, well done! How long did he take you to do?
  18. Melonpool

    Melonpool Active Member

    One more reason I should have become a teacher!
  19. TML

    TML Active Member

    Kermit took the whole week, but I spent like 8 to ten hours a day for four or five days! I'm working on carving a Gonzo from a block of reticulated foam & converting an Animal MR poser to a puppet. :halo:
  20. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Wow! Love your Kermit replica and Penguins! :) :zany:

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