In this case a stuffed tiger and stuffed dog. This isn’t a cheap project, this is a full sized puppet, or, as if to say “I gotcha!” I found these to be a perfect, practical, and low cost solution.
Toy stuffing toy, like a stuffed toy dog
Tiny toy box (I used a giant dog toy box)
Wood, or another material, for the head, arms, etc…
Plastic pipe cut short enough to fit across the top (I used two pieces of 1/2″ PVC to attach the mouth and ears)
1-2 “L” clamps to hold the head on the toy box
4 inch round dowel (to hold the puppet down when mounted with clamps)
Take the stuffed toy dog and cut into a 4 inch cube.
Make the puppet head out of the toy box. Start by making the mouth half way up the toy box, and the arm half an inch from the top. Be careful not to scratch the plastic, this is a child safety item…
Cut a two inch piece of the plastic pipe that fits over the top of the toy box (a bit smaller than the head). The next 4-5 inches are the arms.
Glue the head to the toy box. Glue and clamp the arms on the toy box, and glue the head to the arms.
Pile on the toy stuffing, the four clamps, and the 4 inch dowel.
Tighten the arm-molded toy head to the plastic pipe.
Put on a light coat of paint.
Foil up the mouth, make sure the mouth isn’t sticking out.
Make sure the head can’t swing.
Mounted on the toy box:
Foam glue the head to the top of the box.
Foam glue the arms to the box.
Apply the decal of your choice. I used stickers from my local Home Depot.
This project turned out pretty awesome! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it! Please leave any comments or questions
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