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UPCYCLED PUPPET:

AGES: 12 and up

So I was wandering around my house and realized: I have lot of stuff. Random scraps of fabric, old album covers, incomplete board games ECT…So you may be wondering, did I decide to throw these things out? Heck NO! I I decided to try to teach myself something new,so I combined everything I found into one fabulous (yet slightly creepy) puppet, Countess Franny Von Shufflebean to be exact. And with a few rummagings through your recycle /trash bins, you too can create your very own puppet companion to entertain your children, torment your friends, or simply, like mine, live in my studio and brighten my day!! **This puppet-making adventure is just that, an adventure. You will need to be open to the idea of playing through the process, seeing what works for you. There are not exact measurements to follow, no pattern or professional methods. It took me about a week to figure out and finish this project and, while at times, I felt like Doctor Frankenstein, the over all experience was lots of fun and I now have another outlet for my creativity!

Step 1: Round Up Your Supplies...

We will be working from the top down, so we start with the

head…

You will need: 1. Large piece of cardboard. Brown paper bags, paper towel roll (Any cardboard that is easy to bend. I choose to use a combination of all 3; in addition to an old album cover. The thicker cardboard was used for the face, arms and legs).

2. 12 OZ PLASTIC BOTTLE

3. CLEAR PACKING TAPE

4. GESSO

5.HOT GLUE GUN

6.PAINT BRUSHES, FILE (TO SMOOTH DOWN GESSO ONCE IT DRIES) SCISSORS, EXACTO BLADE, BLACK MARKER

7. FOAM

**Remeber, your trash/recycling bin is your friend! Look at old cleaning supply/shower products for your bottle. Packing supplies for the foam, paper grocery bags,cereal boxes,old clothes for fabric scraps... use your imagination!. Also, I reccomend keeping a sketch book handy and sketching out ideas for the overall look of the puppet**

<p>Very cool. I'd hate to find that in my grandma's house </p>
<p>OMG! This is so creepy cool! I would love to see a video of it dancing around!</p>
<p>This is fantastic! </p><p>Very well done on the puppet itself, and the documentation of your steps and process are excellent as well. Bravo! :)</p>
<p>That's a really fun way to reuse all of those materials!</p>

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