Different puppet types require different display/storage systems. A muppet-type puppet, sock or mouth puppet will require a stand - usually a vertical pole or piece of wood, housed in a heavy base. Some puppet makers even use microphone stands for their puppets! In this video, I show you how to make a stand for muppet-type puppets (or sock puppets). The video includes a list of materials and tools. The following will cost you about $15 in materials and take you less than 20 minutes to make.
(Not to be confused with toy theatre)
No two puppetry shows are alike. Which means you shouldn’t be looking at a paint-by-numbers tutorial of how to build your stage. You should first learn more about set design before running off to print out the instructions from one of the tutorials below.
I will be adding to this list as I find more patterns. 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.
I took my previously made pattern and reused it for a video tutorial (note, the above download link has instructions for the fabric puppet; the one previously made is the same pattern, just with different instructions on how to use it). The video below shows you how to take the basic finger puppet pattern and with some fleece and cotton fabric or other cloth, you can sew yourself something a bit more stylish. Or you could upgrade the tutorial by adding some extra coolness and make the Ice Cream Finger Puppet pattern.
Australians may want to buy locally. Where? I explain here.