Archive for the ‘Monsters’ Category
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Plush Monster to Puppet MonsterThis little project is to show you how to make a puppet out of a little plush toy. One of my favorite methods of making a puppet is to take an existing toy and convert it into a puppet. This is simply done by following the general step-by-step instructions below. DIFFICULTY: 23% TIME: 02h 03m 21s MONEY: $$$$$ 1. Find monster toy that you like, but do not like it too much because we are going to mess it up before we put it back together 2. Rip/cut at the seam in a hidden spot. Usually the bottom or back work best. Try to position the opening so your hand can fit in and be placed at a good angle. 3. Un-stuff the fiberfill. (Do not throw away yet. You may want to use to re-stuff some areas later.) 4. Turn the toy inside out. 5. This step is unique to each toy, depending on how it was manufactured. In this example, we opened up the arms by ripping the seam where the arms were attached and re-stiching them back on around the border of the arm. This will leave an opening for a little finger to go in and wiggle to animate the monsters arm. We also added a green tongue to our monster's mouth by following this same method. 6. Play with the new monster puppet!
Do-It-Yourself Bonus:Kent Rogowski gives us another quick way to customize a plush toy by simply turning it inside out. Instantly we can make a regular plush toy into a cool monster-looking toy. eHow.com shows you how here. Let us know how your project goes.
Make Your Own Monster Puppetby Melissa and Doug This free toy giveaway is great! It creates hundreds of crazy creatures with its interchangeable parts! Carrying case is filled with weird and wacky eyes, ears, antennae and more for quirky creativity! Suction cup hands are included for window display. Plus it's a hand puppet too! Dimensions: 8" Diameter x 12"H Packaged Recommended Ages: 3+ years
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This will be fun! Let's see all the ideas that you have for a puppet monster... get creative with what type of puppet it is as well. Here are some of the ones we thought of as inspiration:
Dont-Eat-Me MonsterDetails: The monster sits on your head like a hat... which makes it look like the monster is eating your head. You control the arms using rods.
Gotcha MonsterDetails: The monster attaches around your neck and goes with you where ever you go. When you squeeze his feet his mouth opens and closes as well as his hair goes straight and curly.
Bobble-Head MonsterDetails: The monster sits on your head and you grab the feet and wobble it back and forth. The eyes, arms, and wiggle as you bobble.
Walk-and-Talk MonsterDetails: The monster attaches to one of your hands and both of your feet. Your hand helps it talk and your feet help him walk. Maybe a stick could be attached to one of the hands and you could make its hands move too.
Monster on a StickDetails: The monster is attacking and eating the stick you hold. You can act like he is trying to attack you, but you are fending him off with the stick. The monster's feet, arms, and hair flop around as you you move the stick. We want to see your monster puppet toy ideas... post them as a comment below. To attach an image it must be .jpg and smaller than 1000pixels x 1000pixels. If you need help, just send us the picture and we can put it up. info [@] playfulfactory [dot] com
We had to do another post of existing puppets, because there are just too many amazing puppets out there... Paper Puppets Monkey Puppet Mouse Puppet Shadow Puppets Hippo Puppet Hand Puppets Hope you enjoy! Start thinking about what type of monster puppet you want to make. We post our monster puppet concepts tomorrow.
Puppets have been around for a looooong time, dating back to ancient Asian cultures. They continue to be a big part of many cultures as story tellers and toys. Here are some of the many different type of toys to help give you some ideas... (list found on PuppetsinMelbourne.au) Animatronics (robotic puppets) Kota the Triceratops by Playskool found on KidsTechReview.com Blacklight puppets Caricature puppets (puppets made to look like real/famous people or yourselves/friends/family) Costume puppets (puppets you wear) < Finger puppets
Monster Puppets are going to be monster fun! We will take a look at different types of puppets and also see all the many kinds of monsters we can make. Here are some of my favorite monster puppets. Some of them even date back to my childhood. ^ Droidimals by Manhattan Toys found on GrowingTreeToys.com ^ Green Monster by Silly Puppets found on SillyPuppets.com ^ Todd by Monster Factory found on MonsterFactory.com (There is no hyperlink because some the content is not appropriate for kids. It is not horrible... just being safe.) ^ Cookie Monster by Jim Henson found on PBS tv. ^ Monster Pals by Sew Easy Creations found on MaharDryGoods.com ^ Bumpkin by The Hookery found on Etsy.com ^ Purple Monster by Chasing My Star found on Etsy.com Let us know which one is your favorite and add some of your monster puppet finds.