Introduction: DIY Dog Puppet

This is a tutorial on how to create a dog puppet. The one pictured is a Labradoodle, but it would easily be modified to look like other breeds. You could do this completely with glue, or with a combination of gluing and very basic sewing. I created this through trial/error so the tutorial isn't highly specific (ex. no measurements/pattern). It would be better used as inspiration rather than exact instructions.

  • 3/4" foam
  • Faux fur
  • Sock
  • Felt
  • Stuffing
  • Glue (I used hot glue and a spray adhesive) or sewing kit
  • Eyes and nose
  • Thin pink foam sheet
  • Scissors
  • Collar (optional)

My puppet was inspired loosely by a Prairie Dog puppet. If you are looking to make something using an exact pattern, it is offered for free here, along with a step-by-step video tutorial.

I am a child therapist and when I got my boss for a secret santa I decided to make her a puppet of her therapy dog :)

Step 1: Stuff the Head

  1. Take a sock and turn it inside out
  2. Trace the outline of the sock on a piece of fabric and cut it out.
  3. Sew the fabric along the edges of the sock, leaving an opening at the back for stuffing.
  4. Turn the sock right-side-in and add stuffing to the top section to create the snout. I used a piece of foam, topped with some fur scraps. The stuffing goes in the top section of the sock and a puppeteer's hand goes underneath.

Step 2: Create the Mouth

  1. Cut out a long oblong mouth out of thin foam or felt.
  2. Then glue to underside of the snout to create the top part of the mouth.
  3. Cut a piece of 3/4" foam for the bottom jaw and glue on the other part piece of pink foam or fabric
  4. Attach the back edge of the jaw to the sock. I also glued thin foam around the bottom jaw's edge to create a place for the puppeteer's thumb.

Step 3: Attach the Head and Body

  1. You can add shape to the head a number of ways. The simplest way may be to sew some stuffing or a styrofoam ball into the fur fabric. I used this patten, along with this video tutorialto create a round head out of foam (I cut the jaw off the pattern after it was glued)
  2. Sew or glue on the head.
  3. Create a body by rolling 3/4" foam and glue on the head.

Step 4: Attach Fur, Nose, Eyes and Ears

  • I sprayed adhesive onto the foam and glued on the fur. I used hot glue to make sure edges were secure (ex. Jawline).
  • Glue on eyes and a nose. Depending on the kind your get, you may need to do this step when attaching the fabric.
  • Cut out ears with pink foam and glue on fur. Glue or sew ears to head.
  • I also added a dog collar as a finishing touch.

Step 5: Finished Puppet

Here is what it ended up looking like. I also made a puppy finger puppet using a simplified version of similar techniques.

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jʎɐɹ-ɾ made it! (author)2014-12-22

This is awfully cute! How does your real dog like it?

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AngryRedhead made it! (author)2014-12-20

I kind of want to make this to terrorize my real life ones... XD

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tomatoskins made it! (author)2014-12-20

That looks great! I've always loved puppets ever since I grew up with the muppets! So awesome!!

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