Phase IV is the final and largest form of Audrey II. She's big, mean, and in control. Being such a large puppet with a lot of demands, it's a hefty task to build her to be up to everything. She needs to be able to:


  • Eat three actors

  • Sing and move

  • Somehow portray growth (here accomplished with large leaves lifted into place, as well as added roots and buds) and sprout arms for her finale appearance


As with Phase III, she requires a hefty armature to accomplish this, and now that she is too large to be entirely supported by the person operating her, she requires a substantial support system to hold her in place while she is puppeteered. As with Phase II she can be broken down into a series of parts:


  1. The head itself, upper and lower jaw attached together and serving as the most visible part of the puppet (now even larger and more colorful than her previous forms and crested with spines).

  2. The hidden ramp base which serves as 'gullet' for actors to tumble down.

  3. Poles and a support cap to hold her head at the desired height.

  4. Two 'skirts' to both hide the puppeteer and base, hidden with leaves.

  5. Decorative roots.


Because of the requirements for her finale appearance (and my personal approach to them), she must also contain these parts (these will be covered in a separate tutorial):


  1. Large leaves to lift into place and brackets to hold them.

  2. Large 'woody' (or root-like) arms to menace the audience and knock Seymour into the mouth

  3. Covers for the puppeteers needed to operate said arms.


Having several parts also allows the puppet to be broken down for storage and transport, but once assembled she can remain so for the duration of the production.

Step 1: Materials

Because of the separate elements of this large puppet, and it's vast size, quite a lot of different materials are needed.


For the base:

  • 1/2” Plywood, Nails, Screws, and Woodglue

  • 6' 1” Diameter Wooden Dowels

  • 1”1/2” Diameter PVC Pipe and Pipe Clamps

  • Miscellaneous Wood

  • Astroturf and Heavy-Duty Staples

  • Foam Padding

  • Fabric to Cover Foam

For the Head:

  • 1/8”x1/2” Aluminum Bar

  • 14-Gauge Aluminum Wire

  • Machine Screws and Nuts

  • 1/2”, 1”, and 2” Upholstery Foam

  • Milliskin Matte Fabric in Daffodil Yellow, Kelly/Apple Green, Magenta, White, and Nude

  • Hot Melt Glue

  • Thread


The extras will be covered in the next tutorial. All of these materials require significant volume, and I ended up using many yards of each.  Exact totals exceed dozens of yards of fabric and foam.

<p>I'm having trouble finding aluminum bar locally. Do you think it could be replaced with 3/4&quot; PVC?</p>
The aluminum is easier to bend, and somewhat more stiff, but I think with the right type of incorporation it could work (it may take more support to hold its own form). I know some people like it for under-structure for large props.
<p>Can you tech me how to make the set</p>
Unfortunately my specialty is more costume and prop design. There's a lot that goes into a set build, I'd recommend googling 'How to Build a Theatrical Set'.
<p>I MADE IT</p>
<p>what were the dimensions for your Audrey II phase IV pod</p>
About 7' tall by 8' deep by 5' wide not including any frills or the leaf 'skirt'.
<p>Hi,</p><p> I am about to take on this project for my community theatre. I was wondering what the dimensions for the base are?</p>
Hm, we were just using scrap pieces but the wood base would be about 3' wide by 5' long by about 3.5' high. It could be extended longer for a softer dropoff for the devoured actors, or brought up higher for a higher control point on the puppet (depending on how tall the puppeteer is).
Okay that gives me something to use as a guide. Thanks so much!
Hi, <br>this is just perfect. I just organised me some aluminum...I will try it with 4mm*30mm bars(each 2m long and riveted together) to avoid torsion. <br>Do you have any tips for a total beginner? <br>How long do you think this will take me? I am planning to make al four phases for a show at our university...hope to be able to finish the first(starting with phase 4) by hallowween...nice and spooky :D
Hi! <br> <br>Congratulations on embarking on this, it's a big project! While I did my best to document my experiences and processes, this is all best supplemented in seeing what others have done also. <br> <br>I recommend starting on the smaller puppets then working to the larger as it will help in understanding the basic construction that goes into puppets and puppeteering. Other than that, I'm afraid I'm not really sure where to begin explaining, though if you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to answer them. <br> <br>I built all four phases over the course of five months including her design work, Phase I and II took about a month together, and Phase III and IV took at least a month each, pretty much working sunup to sundown. The extra pieces (flower heads, buds, vines, etc.) plus rehearsal fixings and other tech troubleshooting took another month. <br> <br>Along with my own experiences on the build I also have an introduction to this whole shebang which links to a little more information on build/design https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-Audrey-II-Introduction/ which may be useful also. I'm told there's a book on building Audrey II as well, but I wasn't able to find it in my research. <br> <br>Good luck in your build!
This is too cool! I'd really like to make one but it 'll take years for me... Great work!
Thank you! Hah, it definitely is a lot of work!

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