DIY: Marionette Puppet {from a Stuffed Animal}

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!

The kids are having so much fun with Mr. Parsley!!

Total project cost $1.75
(we had most of the supplies only purchased the wooden dowels)

Project time: 1 hour

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  1. What a great idea! I've been seeing a lot of puppet posts this week and am glad people still do puppets with kids. Thanks for sharing with the Kids Co-Op!

  2. Oh my cute is this?!?! Love it!

  3. I love this! We love puppets, but I've never thought about making our stuffies into puppets! Very cool!

  4. This is such a great idea! Kids love this! We appreciate you linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

  5. This is so cute! I think my boys would love this. Thank you for sharing with us on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll join us again this week!

  6. Wow, how cute is that?!
    Thank you for linking up to our Pinteresting Party.

  7. That is beyond cute. I took one look at the picture and I wanted to play with it! Please stop by and add a link to this post on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3. Today is the first of what will be a weekly linky featuring posts about arts, crafts and play activities. I hope to see you there. I am sure people would love to see this post.

    : o ) Theresa

  8. We did this as a rainy day activity a few months ago! How funny. I guess great minds think alike.

    Ours was not as nice with the coat hanger but then we can just change out our stuffed animals as we like.

  9. This is awesome! I had a marionette when I was younger and I'm sure my kids would love it! I'm pinning it to my (CarlaINHouston) Gifts for Preschoolers (DIY Style!) board!

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