How to make a paper marionette puppet

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Marionette puppets are fun to make and use in puppet shows. Although professional marionette puppets can be costly and complicated to make, children can create their own marionette puppets using simple materials, such as paper and string. You can pick up everything needed to create a paper marionette puppet at any arts and crafts shop.

Cut out nine basic shapes from construction paper, using scissors. You will need a body with a head attached, two upper arms, two lower arms with hands attached, two upper legs and two lower legs with feet attached.

Colour the body shapes using markers or crayons. You can colour in hair, clothing and facial features, such as cheeks, lips and eyebrows. Place two dollops of craft glue on the areas where the eyes will be and attach two googly eyes on top of the glue. Let the glue dry completely.

Align the body shapes where they will be attached. Poke a brass split-type fasteners into the joints to connect each of the parts together. For example, connect the upper leg to the lower body, and connect the lower leg to the upper leg. This will allow the body parts to move independently.

Attach string with craft glue to the parts that you will be controlling, such as the shoulders (to keep the puppet upright), the hands (to allow the arms to move) and the feet (to allow the legs to move). The strings for the shoulders should be at least 15 cm (6 inches) long. For the hands, the thread should be at least 30 cm (12 inches) long. For the feet, the string should be at least 45 cm (18 inches) long. Once the glue dries, your paper marionette puppet is complete.

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