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

Step 1: Paint the Body

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.
Very clever puppet design! You get my vote.
Thank you very much!

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