(If you’re looking for patterns for other puppet types, please browse the other categories as you’ll find more lists there)
I will be adding to this list as I find more patterns; this list is for making giant puppets for parades. Please note that these patterns come free courtesy of the credited people; please respect their wishes for creditation (if requested) if you publish the link elsewhere. This is the total patterns of this particular puppet type listed on this site; feel free to browse for more on my site, but you’ll just end up back here again I promise.
I made this puppet a few years ago basically for fun: the idea was to make a finger puppet that suited my skill levels as an adult. It’s certainly not your average bear… er, ice cream cone… I took my very basic finger puppet pattern and added quite a few things to come up with the Ice Cream Finger Puppet. With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, plenty of pictures, and a set of patterns, you can make this fun puppet for home play or performance. Use the large links below to navigate the different sections.
In my article describing light curtain, I began to discuss some of the details of how you could use one for your own show. Because light curtain may initially confuse the reader, I offer the following not just as a tutorial, but as a way to further understand what light curtain is and how it works.
As explained in the light curtain article, a curtain of light is created by directing two beams of light at each other. Objects that are placed in front of, or within, the light can be seen by the audience. Objects that are placed behind the beam of light can’t be seen. This means that you can have puppeteers wandering around onstage without creating a large set to hide them: but in order to make an effective light curtain, you will need to follow some basic steps. It should be noted that puppeteers behind the curtain of light can see each other, as well as everything in front of them. It’s quite an eerie experience! Video example at the end of the post.
In the spirit of halloween, I’m giving you a fun…ok, creepy… shadow puppet pattern. It’s an Australian redback spider. All the instructions, including materials and tools, are provided in the pattern and the video; and there’s another video in the set that shows you how the puppet turns out.
Australians may want to buy locally. Where? I explain here.