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This is my first muppet-type puppet pattern, based on a puppet I made in 2007 - actually, a female puppet, but this one is male (well, unless you modify it that is!). It’s my most popular pattern, and I’ve had great feedback from users!!! This pattern is great for those of you who have The Foam Book, but wished it came with patterns! With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, plenty of pictures, and a set of patterns, you too can make a foam puppet. You can use the patterns to make humans, monsters or animals! You may also want to check the Human Foam Puppet Pattern out (compare pattern differences below). Use the large links below to navigate the different sections.
Got questions? Try this FAQ.
A durable puppet mouth, with easy-to-use grip
A three-piece foam head
Durable foam body
Complete body- and head- skin coverings
Neck and facial features
Arms, hands and detachable rods
More example images can be found here, and people who’ve actually used the pattern have posted their own pics: here, here and here; new photos have been added to the slideshow below as of 21 Nov 2011 from a customer, more info here. The example puppet used in this pattern can be seen in this video. If you’d like to share your pics using the pattern, please do email me a link!
Sandra Shepley said
…The pattern I bought from you was so comprehensive and excellent, that I don’t need any more patterns as I have all the information I need now to just adapt your pattern to anything else I want to try.
…I really do love you muppet pattern as it gave me the confidence to try other shapes because you have clearly described general puppet making principles as well as specific instructions for that particular puppet… The instructions were clear and helpful to follow and I feel you could adapt the shape into almost anything using the foam shaping method you describe for the head. I would recommend this pattern for anyone who wants to make the puppet on the picture, or anyone who wants to learn puppet making skills which could easily be adapted to other types of puppets as well.
Billy Fuller of SS Puppets said
I would like to mention that Na [aka School of Puppetry] has a remarkable pattern…
Now, I will really recommend Na’s pattern, it’s great. Not only because of the pattern, but the instructions [are] really well [explained]. (Thanks Na for that pattern)
Dutch Puppet said
Great monster pattern. For everyone who is looking for an easy to understand pattern: Buy this pattern! It is a great pattern with great result.
Lovable Puppet Pals said
Awesome pattern! This is a wonderful pattern for anyone that’s never made a puppet before, or for those that are experienced builders. I’ve used many patterns to build all different kinds of puppets, but I think this one was by far the simplest to follow….which, of course, made it so quick to finish! Thanks for the awesome pattern!
| Round Head Foam Puppet Pattern (you are here)||Human Foam Puppet Pattern|
|Half body puppet pattern ||Half body puppet pattern|
|Good for the beginner builder|| Good for the intermediate or expert builder|
|Extra info for Aussies on buying materials || Extra info for Aussies on buying materials|
|Instructions are focused on monster puppets; but can be used for humans or animals|| Instructions are focused on human puppets;|
but can be used for monsters or animals
|Create sturdy mouth || Create sturdy mouth|
|Build three-piece head|| Build three-piece head|
|Head shape: round||Head shape: square/triangular jaw|
|Create cloth neck|| Create cloth neck|
|Build body; no shoulders|| Build body, with shoulders|
|Use fur to cover puppet||Use fleece to cover puppet|
|Use glue to attach fur||Use sewing to attach fleece|
|Build simple stuffed arms and hands; sew on|| Build tubular foam arms; attach with rope for more flexibility in movement|
|Build and attach simple removable rods|| Build and attach hands with rods permanently installed|
|Build and attach eyes|| Build and attach eyes|
|Build and attach nose; no pattern provided|| Build and attach nose; pattern provided|
|Build and attach tongue|
|Build and attach ears; pattern provided |
| Build and attach wig; pattern provided|
| Build and use tshirt costume; pattern provided|
|Comes with basic performance tips and exercises to use for practice|
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Australians may want to buy locally. Where? I explain here.