I was so inspired yesterday watching Australian Puppeteer Bob Parsons and his Walk-About-Puppet's Mr. Blister's Toy Circus at our local library that all I could do was think about how I wanted to make one. But those cost thousands so with a little thought I came up with using one of kids stuffed animals and cost was under $2.
After you cut the dowels down to size you will use a 3/8 drill bit to but 2 holes in the 5/8 dowel 2inches from each end. Do this very, very slowly or the dowel will split but lucky for me the dowel made three 12inch long pieces and I got it on the third try!
This is where the strings will attach onto the crossbar. Bead goes in the hole and the string goes through the slit to secure it.
After sewing the strings on to the stuffed animal it will be time to determine how long you want them, then tie the beads at the end of the strings, put the beads into the holes remaining in the crossbar and the strings through the slits at each end.
Depending on what kind of animal you use will determine how many strings, there are six holes available we only used 4 or them for our little monkey.
Once that's done it's time to play!