Puppet Making at Coventry High School

Pink Piggy Puppet

Pink Piggy Puppet

Over the past two weeks, I had the pleasure of working on a long-term art project with two “Child Studies” classes at Coventry High School with students ranging from sophomores to seniors.  I don’t often get to work with High School students, and I have to say they were definitely a great group!

puppet = pinochio

Pinocchio Puppet

For this project, the students made papier mache and hand sewn puppets.  The heads of the puppets were styrofoam balls, shaped, and covered in papier mache.  The bodies of the puppets were hand-sewn fabric.  Here are some pictures of the final products — I think they came out adorable!  If you are interested in making your own, see below for instructions.

Brown Kitty

Kitty Puppet

Olaf Puppet

Olaf Puppet


  • Styrofoam ball (3″ diameter)
  • Styrofoam pieces
  • Toothpicks
  • Newspaper
  • Papier mache medium (flour & water mixed to a consistency of slightly runny pancake batter)
  • Toothpicks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Notions to accessorize

Head Instructions:

 Puppet head

  • Use a knife to make a whole in the bottom of styrofoam ball to fit your index finder up to the big knuckle
  • Cut styrofoam pieces into shape of features (i.e. nose, ears, etc)
  • Adhere to styrofoam ball with with toothpicks
  • Tear newspaper into small strips (I like to use 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ strips)
  • Adhere to styrofoam armature with papier mache medium
  • Let dry 24 hours
  • Base coat puppet head with white paint; let dry
  • Paint puppet head as desired
  • Glue on hair other details

Body Instructions:

Enlarge Pattern to 12" Tall

Enlarge Pattern to 12″ Tall

  • Cut out 2 of puppet body pattern
  • Pin right sides together
  • Stitch seams using running stitch
  • Hem bottom
  • Turn right side out
puppets - grey cat

Gray Kitty


Pig, Devil and Bunny Puppets

Pig, Devil and Bunny Puppets

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