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For this instructable, I'll be showing you how to make a puppet controlled with a single hand. I'm not talking about Marionettes. This is a method I thought of myself, though I don't know if it's already been thought of elsewhere. Since it's my first puppet made in this way, the finished product is not as smooth moving as I imagined and it's kind of wobbly. Enjoy!

(The picture quality went from good to bad because my camera ran out of power and I couldn't find the charger so I had to use my phone. Sorry!)


1. 1 Wooden rod
2. A few Styrofoam balls, roughly 6 cm in diameter (You can use wooden balls if you're skilled at wood work. I'm not skilled though, so I used Styrofoam).
3. A plain wooden Matryoshka Doll (Russian doll) outer case, roughly 11 cm in length
4. Bendable wire
5. 8 Metal loops with screw bottoms (I could only find 6, and only took a picture of 4)


1. Paint, paint brushes, palette
2. Pencil
3. Ruler
4. Saw
5. Sand paper or file
6. Sharp screw/nail, Hammer
7. Pliers
8. Scissors
9. Styrofoam cutter
10. Cutting/craft knife
11. Super glue
12. White glue

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Step 1: Paint the body

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Take the Matryoshka Doll and paint some clothes or a design on it.  You will need to paint about 3 or 4 coats of paint.

Step 2: Make the arms

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1.  Take the wooden rod and measure four 4 cm pieces, and two 2.7 cm pieces (the 2.7 cm pieces will be used for the stand).
2.  Saw off the pieces and sand/file the ends smooth.
3.  Using the sharp screw/nail, hammer a small hole in the ends of the 4 cm pieces.
4.  Twist the metal loops into the holes.  You may need a pair of pliers for this.
5.  Open up a loop from one piece, loop it through the loop on another piece, and then close it.  Do this for the other pair.
flyingpuppy2 years ago
Very clever puppet design! You get my vote.
clarie91s (author)  flyingpuppy2 years ago
Thank you very much!