With a little practice, your kids can perform their very own puppet show with these marionette puppets.
What You'll Need:
- One 1x2-inch board about 5 inches long (for the body)
- Four 4-1/2-inch wood dowels with 1/2-inch diameters (for the arms and legs)
- Two 12-inch wood dowels with 1/2-inch diameters (for the control bars)
- One 2-inch wood dowel with 1/2-inch diameters (for the neck)
- Power drill with 1/2-inch and 1/8-inch drill bits
- Fishing line or string
- Blunt scissors
- Wood glue
- One 2-inch wood bead (for the head)
How to Make a Marionette Puppet:
Since this wood craft project involves drilling and sawing, an adult must assist kids.
Step 1: Prepare the wood pieces by cutting and sanding each one.
Step 2: Drill all the holes in the wood pieces. To make the marionette body, drill a 1/8-inch hole all the way through the wood in each corner of the 1x2-inch board.
Step 3: Drill 1/8-inch holes in each end of the arm and leg dowels. Then drill 1/8-inch holes in each end of the control bars. Drill another hole in the middle of one bar.
Step 4: Switch drill bits and drill a 1/2-inch hole in the short end of the body board.
Step 5: To attach the parts, cut four short pieces of fishing line or string. Tie the arms and legs to the body, following the illustration.
Step 6: Cut four long pieces of string. Thread one end of each string through the end holes of each arm and leg and tie it in a knot. Thread the other ends through corresponding holes on the control bars and tie in a knot.
Step 7: Glue the 2-inch dowel in the 1/2-inch hole on the body board for the neck. Let the glue set.
Step 8: Cut another piece of string. Tie one end around the end of the neck. Thread the bead through the string, and glue the bead to the neck. Thread the other end of the string through the middle hole on the control bar and tie it in a knot.
Step 9: Draw a face on the wood bead.
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