First, you'll need to buy a few things to make it. Here's a shopping list:
1. A good-sized piece of Styro Foam or soft Foam. (This is going to be used to make the all important puppet head. So keep that in mind when deciding on a size. They usually come in blocks or spheres)
2. One yard of stretchy fleece. (Color of your choice, this is going to be the puppet skin.)
3. Some children's clothes. (I know it feels creepy, but go to Good Will and buy your puppet some clothes.)
4. Something to make the eyes. (I've used white plastic bottle caps, construction paper, chap stick caps, and those stick on googly eyes. Be creative!)
5. Some black and red felt.
6. Something for the hair. (This could be a cheap wig, pieces of felt cut into strips, or just a hat!)
7. Hot glue gun, or spray adhesive.
8. A needle and thread.
Step 1: Building the Head
Step 2: Making the Eye Sockets
Step 3: The Puppet Skin
Step 4: The Nose
Step 5: The Face
As you can see I also added some black felt for the inside of the mouth and a red felt tongue. I was too lazy to deal with hair on this puppet. So like many other bald men in Hollywood, Gary will be donning the baseball cap in place of hair. Using some more fleece I created a neck and covered up any patches where foam was still visible.
Next Add ears, eyebrows, mustache or anything else you want your puppet to have. Maybe an eye patch!?
Step 6: The Clothes and Body
Step 7: Puppet Hands
Congratulations you're the next Jim Hensen! For tips on framing for puppets watch Backyard FX 2. The easiest way is to use a table or windowsill to hide the puppeteer.
Questions and comments are always welcome. Thanks everybody!