Saturday, November 14, 2009

Boy Puppets from Pattern

I have been really busy in the last month or so getting ready for a black light show we did at our church. I will show some pics of things I made for that later, but today I want to show two new puppets I made. I had been dying to make some foam based puppets and I finally had some time!

Here's the first one:


Here's the second one:


Aren't they just so cute?

My daughter designed the second guy. It's her puppet. She kind of wanted a peach skin puppet but we were using fabrics on hand, so she ended up chosing yellow (although it's darker in real life than what showed up in this picture). He reminds me of this guy from my child hood:
Anyway, on the yellow boy we tried something new - attached arm rods and wired fingers. It turned out great! I just hope it lasts. I used an epoxy to glue the metal to thick cardboard inside the hands and then stuffed around it.

Next I need to make a girl!

I used this pattern from Creative Ministry Solutions.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Puppet Sellers

Crocodile Dock Puppets in Action! - VBS 2009

Here are some pics of the puppets and puppet stage we made for VBS this year. We used Group's Crocodile Dock. FUN FUN FUN!

Our Puppet Shack-

The puppets-

The names -

You can't see Flash very well, but she's a cute puppet! Here's the pic of her after I made her -
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Another Puppet Stage - A Shack for VBS 2009

I needed a stage for upcoming VBS that also looks like a shack of sorts. I wanted it light and quick to set up. We will use it after VBS for children's church and we don't have a separate area for that so it has to be set up and taken down every Sunday.

I tried to take pictures along the way but it's hard when you are working and have so many other things going on to remember to take a picture each step! Also sometimes I had to use my camera phone so they aren't very clear. Sorry about that.

We began with pvc pipe and cut it all to size.Then I covered the "frames" with canvas drop cloths from the paint department. I just tacked them on with needle and thread. I'm sure there was an easier way but I was trying to save money so I just sewed them on by hand.

Then we, my son and grandson, painted the canvas with a base coat of white using paint I already had. My mom and daughter painted a second coat of yellow, also paint I already had. No picture of that step.
Then we used some green acrylic paint and some glaze.


I wiped it on with a rag and then wiped it back off with another damp rag. We threw the rags in the trash when we were done.

Here's a panel in progress. You can see the green streaks. This made it look mossy or old or both. Which is what I was going for.

Here you can see we've finished painting. I forgot to take pictures when we were doing the shading of the clapboard siding, but you'll see that in a minute. We used tie-wraps for hinges.

Here you can see the "siding".

This is the inside of the frames.
Now we added the roof! The roof is another pvc frame with corrugated plastic riveted to it. It's a separate panel. I need to cover those open eaves and exposed pipe. I'll get to that later!

Say hello to my little friend!

Here is how it folds up.



Folded flat


Only a few inches wide when folded. Did I mention it is very easy to assemble? It could be assembled by one person in just a couple of minutes except for the roof. You really need two people to lift it. It's not heavy just wide!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Marrionette from TP tubes and other household stuff.

My 11 year old son made this marionette today.



Hello.

He had lots of fun with it.  

Monday, March 16, 2009

Lessons for Kids


Don't be fooled by his cuteness.  This puppet means serious business.  He showed up in children's church this week insulting Princess Annie, trying to get Dorothy to steal MY purse to go and buy some candy.  Luckily Detective Snoop intervened.




Dorothy

Then he had the nerve to show up again with a laser gun to try to thwart our memory verse time, shooting the projector screen and making the words disappear!  



What a scoundrel he was!  But don't worry, we learned that memory verse and he surrendered defeat... for this week.

Check Out My New Logo!

My son had this made for me!






Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flash Puppet for VBS 2009


This little guy is inspired by our VBS curriculum for this year.

I used the Project Puppet Glorified Sock Pattern as the basic puppet and added the wings and arms, and other features.

Don';t Worry, Be Happy - Jamaican Style Puppet

Hey mon!

This guy needs a hat like one of these... I'm working on it.



This is one of our first puppets based on these tutorials by Paul Louis.

Blue Twin Puppets

We're not identical you know.  Brother, where is your shirt?

These two were experiments in wigs.  My first faux fur wig and my first successful (imo) yarn wig.

The girl puppet uses the Glorified Sock pattern from Project Puppet.

They boy was a pattern I already had from an old puppet.  This isn't the pattern but it is similar and could be used instead.

Arf! Arf! Puppy Dog Puppet

Throw me a bone!

This puppy was made with the Glorified Sock pattern at Project Puppet.

It's lots of fun taking that simple basic pattern and creating something different. :)

Squawk!


I love the way this bird turned out.  His feathers are so colorful!

Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern

Bernie the Orange Puppet

I made Bernie a little shirt.  He loves Veggie Tales.  Maybe because he looks like a carrot?

He was made by simply using the Paul Louis technique. 

Friday, February 6, 2009

Another Experiment-Little Bookworm

I wanted to try a different head shape but didn't want to use a new piece of fabric just in case it didn't work. So I had just enough green left over from the crocodile to make the head and hands. I rummaged through my scraps and found left over flannel to make pajamas, and used scrap fabric for the arms since you can't see them anyway! The result? Viola!




Will you read me a story?

This little guy was made from an old pattern I had but this one is similar.

Three New Puppets - The Office, The Donkey and The Alien

This is an experiment in "blinking eyes." His eyes don't really blink but they do raise up and down. He's not the best looking puppet.  Some of my friends say he looks like a Simpson, but I didn't intend that!

He was made without a pattern using the Paul Louis Tutorials.

They eyes were based on a tutorial like this.





Now this little guy, I love! He's my first puppet of this shape. I love him! He's a donkey ya know. Hee Haw!!!

He's from the Project Puppet Glorified Sock Pattern.


This is my current fav. My 10 yo son designed him, I did the sewing; he did the choosing and the stuffing. ;)
He's out of this world!

This guy is also from the Project Puppet Glorified Sock Pattern.

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