Introduction: Popsicle Pete, Your Pocket Puppet Pal

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My favourite Muppet characters are Rizzo the Rat and Pepe the King Prawn.

I love their attitude, but I also love them as puppets.

Unlike most other Muppet characters, you can't fit a hand inside their tiny heads. I'd been noodling a mechanism for working a Pepe-like puppet, and on the way I came up with this; a simple puppet you can work with one hand.

Step 1: Tools and Materials.

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The main materials you need to make a Popsicle Puppet are;
  • A wide popsicle stick, the kind sold for craft projects
  • A narrow rubber band.
  • Sewing thread.
  • A bead.
  • Glue
  • Decorative materials, such a googly eyes, markers or paints.
For tools, you'll need;
  • A sewing needle
  • A very thin drill
  • Scissors
  • Tools to deal with your craft materials
  • A crochet hook

Step 2: Make the Mouth

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Decide where you want your mouth to be, then drill two small holes, of a size to match the bands. For me, that meant a 2mm bit.

Be safe in your drilling - for such small holes, it's tempting to hold everything in your hands, but you end up leaning on your knee. Far safer to lean on a piece of scrap wood.

Thread the rubber band through the holes, and tie knots a the back. If you are shirt of fingernails,  as I am at the moment, you may find it easier to use a crochet hook to tie the knots (for the scouts among you, I tied s simple pike hitch around the hook, then used the hook to pull the bight through into an overhand knot).

Step 3: Animate the Mouth

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A couple of centimetres below the mouth, drill the smallest hole you cthreadshave a 1mm bit, but it is too small to be gripped by my drill's chuck. I had to twist the bit through by hand, which was annoying,  but it worked. 

With the needle and thread, put a loop around one part of the band (the lower lip), and through the hole you just drilled.

Around the back of the popsicle stick, tie a bead onto the end of the thread. 

Step 4: Finishing.

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To finish Pete, all you need is eyes - I glued on a couple of googly eyes I, er, acquired from Kitewife's craft stash.

You could any details you fancy,  such as woolen hair or adding pipe cleaner arms, but I like Pete as he is.

Step 5: Using Pete

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Using Pete is simple - you use your thumb to pull the bead down and open his mouth. Relax, and the elasticity of his lips pulls his mouth closed.

Popsicle puppets like this are a great craft activity to do with your own kids or a class - once they've made their puppets, they can give them character and voices, and then spend an hour or three putting together a performance or an act, giving you the afternoon to yourself - win!


Carpenter Guy (author)2016-06-28

This is so funny! Funny in a good, way, that is!

Kiteman (author)Carpenter Guy2016-06-29

Thank you!

LiveCrafts (author)2015-08-21

Ahh! What happened to your finger?? :|>

curly gurly (author)2015-03-21

I couldn't find a Popsicle stick, so I used cardboard. Cute!!

Kiteman (author)curly gurly2015-03-22

Haha, very nice!

charlieanderin (author)2014-11-29

Nice animation

Kiteman (author)charlieanderin2014-11-30

Thank you!

Oh my gosh, this is adorable!

Hehe, thank you!

The gif at the end just about killed me! I almost died trying to keep from laughing out loud in the middle of the office, haha.

Ha, I don't do many gifs, but, sometimes, they are just necessary!


loompiggytutorials (author)2014-07-16

This thing would keep me busy for hours, just playing with it=)

Nick-P 19 (author)2013-12-08

Nice mouth

Kiteman (author)Nick-P 192013-12-09

Er, thank you?

Nick-P 19 (author)2013-12-08

What happened to use thumb

Kiteman (author)Nick-P 192013-12-09

I hit it with a saw when I was teaching metalwork.

Colleen4614 (author)2013-07-11

Not to be rude but.. Rnt u kinda old to b playing with popsicles?

Kiteman (author)Colleen46142013-07-11

Why, what's the age limit for Making?

vigothecarpathian (author)2013-06-27

Haha, Kinda reminds me of Gumby.

I suppose, at a stretch...

foobear (author)2013-06-26

Cool. You could make him say all kinds of things. He reminds me of the Windows paperclip who pops up and says something unnecessary. Lots of comedy potential here. And when not in operation, the string gives an appearance of drooling.

Kiteman (author)foobear2013-06-26

I would have used colourless "invisible mending" thread, if Kitewife had any.

foobear (author)Kiteman2013-06-26

No need - it's perfectly awesome

Kiteman (author)foobear2013-06-26


jackowens (author)2013-06-25

So simple, yet so brilliant!

Spottedfeather (author)2013-06-25

So....Stick Stickley ?

chaitanyak (author)2013-06-25

ha ha ! brilliant!

Kiteman (author)chaitanyak2013-06-25

Thank you!

addictinganimal (author)2013-06-24

Did anyone else think of the Popsicle Pete from comics? That being said, the picture of the project itself reminded me of Stick Stickly, as the other commented mentioned. :P


SWV1787 (author)2013-06-24

this reminds me of "Stick Stickly" the host of Nickelodeon in the '90's I even remember the jingle: "Write to me, Stick Stickly, P.O. Box 963 New York City, New York State 10108"... That has invaded my brain all these years yet I never wrote to it or indeed replaced this utterly useless information with something more practicable.

Kiteman (author)SWV17872013-06-24


Goodness me!

iceng (author)2013-06-24

You do neat things with Popsicles

Kiteman (author)iceng2013-06-24

I try.

jessyratfink (author)2013-06-24

Super cute. I like his wonky eyes. :D

Kiteman (author)jessyratfink2013-06-24

Asymmetry is an easy way to add character - even the most attractive people do nof have perfectly symmetrical faces.

acuchetto (author)2013-06-24

Cute and simple. Nice job! Your thumb: ouch!

Kiteman (author)acuchetto2013-06-24

Thank you!

The thumb is just annoying now - it was "ouch" five months ago, when I hit the base of the nail with a saw.

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