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I've always wanted to make a muppet style puppet and have liked the Fraggles since i was a kid... So why not combine the two!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it. If you like my puppet PLEASE VOTE for him in the PUPPET CONTEST sponsored by ShapeLock or by clicking the orange VOTE button on the top left of this instructable. THANK YOU!!!
 
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Step 1: Head Pieces

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Cut one half of the head piece (shown in pic) out of foam (from a craft store).

Step 2: 2nd Half Of Head Piece

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Now flip your first cut out head piece over and trace a mirrored image of it onto the foam. Cut the piece out and glue together as shown with a fabric glue or all purpose glue. I used Titebond. I also ran a stitch with needle and thread where I glued the pieces together to help keep it tight and in place. Let dry completely.

Step 3: Forming The Lower Jaw

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Now that the two head pieces are dry bring together the pieces as shown in the picture and glue, sew and let dry again. Now you have the base of your puppets lower jaw.

Step 4: Forming The Complete Head Base

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Now that the lower jaw is joined together and dried... Do the same thing with the top of the head... Glue, sew and dry. This will form your head base, complete with mouth,

Step 5: Adding And Closing Up The Mouth

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Once your head base is dried... You can now close off the mouth. Use a piece of heavy cardboard. Cut a circle and fold it in half, put it in place and glue, sew and let dry. Really starting to come to life now!

Step 6: Body And Arms

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Cut out your left side of your body base as shown in the picture. You will then flip it and trace it mirrored onto the foam. Cut it out, join it together as shown and once again glue, sew and let it dry. Now you can cut out the puppets arms as show. Just cut, flip, trace and cut as you did with other pieces.

Step 7: Joining The Other Half Of The Body

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Curve your ends together as shown and glue, sew and let dry. Your puppets body (base) is now complete!
anapet019 months ago
Cool
ragu1975 (author) 1 year ago
Thank you!
I love Fraggle Rock! This one reminds me of Convincing John!
I agree. Fraggle Rock ROCKS!!!!!!
ragu1975 (author) 1 year ago
Thanks lyndsaylou!
lyndsaylou1 year ago
This is only a comment to say thank you for the blast from the past. I used to love fraggle rock and had some of the teddies. Yours looks top notch fella.
ragu1975 (author) 1 year ago
Thanks!
donboody1 year ago
cool!
ragu1975 (author) 1 year ago
Lol. Good one sconner1. Exactly the look I was going for...minus the drug use. It's a kids show! But the peaceful hippie look like Mokey...yes!
sconner11 year ago
Looks like Mokey's pot-head brother, Steve.
ragu1975 (author) 1 year ago
He actually has pretty good movement and the mouthpiece is very durable. Thanks for the suggestions.
scarter jr1 year ago
Another friendly suggestion: If you don't connect the body and head together you get much greater movement and control of the head when manipulating the puppet. Later when you cover the head with fleece, make the fleece longer at the "neck" by about 10 - 12 inches, then tuck the sleeve down into the top opening of the puppet body. With your arm inside the sleeve and in the head it gives the puppet a little bit of a neck above the body and allows for turning the head without causing the whole body to turn with it. Oh and when covering the body with fur or fleece make it overlap the top by about 2-3 inches so you can tuck it into the opening of the body and sew it inside so no foam shows around the puppets neck.
scarter jr1 year ago
Friendly suggestion: If you use "Foam Core" instead of cardboard it will last much longer.
Cut the foam core in a circle (or whatever shape you want the mouth) and then with an xacto knife cut across the middle of the circle but do not cut all the way through. make sure you leave one face of the circle uncut then fold the foam core so the uncut face is the inside of the mouth, while mouth is closed use Gaffers tape or duct tape to reinforce the back of the hinge.

Note: Foam Core is also great for making puppet props.
ragu1975 (author) 1 year ago
Thank you! Glad you like it! It's was a fun project. I'm making other characters. My kids want some. :)
1inspirit1 year ago
VERY CUTE! WILL TRY A COUPLE FOR MY GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. THEY LIKE DRAGONS AND THIS LOOKS ADAPTABLE. THANKS FOR SHAREING.
ragu1975 (author) 1 year ago
Thank you! It only took me a few days.
How long did this take you? It was very well made
ragu1975 (author) 1 year ago
I used scissors and mostly an Xacto knife.
SteamCap1 year ago
How did you cut your craft foam?
ragu1975 (author) 1 year ago
Thanks a lot! It was fun to make!
This came out awesome. Thanks for sharing!