This is a tutorial on how to create a dog puppet. The one pictured is a Labradoodle, but it would easily be modified to look like other breeds. You could do this completely with glue, or with a combination of gluing and very basic sewing. I created this through trial/error so the tutorial isn't highly specific (ex. no measurements/pattern). It would be better used as inspiration rather than exact instructions. 3/4" foam Faux fur Sock Felt Stuffing Glue (I used hot glue and a spray adhesive) or sewing kit Eyes and nose Thin pink foam sheet Scissors Collar (optional)
My puppet was inspired loosely by a Prairie Dog puppet. If you are looking to make something using an exact pattern, it is offered for free here, along with a step-by-step video tutorial.
I am a child therapist and when I got my boss for a secret santa I decided to make her a puppet of her therapy dog :)
Step 1: Stuff the Head
Take a sock and turn it inside out Trace the outline of the sock on a piece of fabric and cut it out. Sew the fabric along the edges of the sock, leaving an opening at the back for stuffing. Turn the sock right-side-in and add stuffing to the top section to create the snout. I used a piece of foam, topped with some fur scraps. The stuffing goes in the top section of the sock and a puppeteer's hand goes underneath.
Step 2: Create the Mouth
Cut out a long oblong mouth out of thin foam or felt. Then glue to underside of the snout to create the top part of the mouth. Cut a piece of 3/4" foam for the bottom jaw and glue on the other part piece of pink foam or fabric Attach the back edge of the jaw to the sock. I also glued thin foam around the bottom jaw's edge to create a place for the puppeteer's thumb.
Step 3: Attach the Head And Body
You can add shape to the head a number of ways. The simplest way may be to sew some stuffing or a styrofoam ball into the fur fabric. I used this patten, along with this video tutorial to create a round head out of foam (I cut the jaw off the pattern after it was glued) Sew or glue on the head. Create a body by rolling 3/4" foam and glue on the head.
Step 4: Attach Fur, Nose, Eyes And Ears
I sprayed adhesive onto the foam and glued on the fur. I used hot glue to make sure edges were secure (ex. Jawline). Glue on eyes and a nose. Depending on the kind your get, you may need to do this step when attaching the fabric. Cut out ears with pink foam and glue on fur. Glue or sew ears to head. I also added a dog collar as a finishing touch.
Step 5: Finished Puppet
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Here is what it ended up looking like. I also made a puppy finger puppet using a simplified version of similar techniques.