Pop-Up Puppets

The kids and I just made some pop-up puppets this morning.  We had a great time picking out the fabrics and drilling holes for the dowel sticks.  When we were done, the kids were pretty surprised at how they came to life.  Below you can see a quick video.  (Including another one of my old songs.)


  1. infinitemonkeytheory
    May 28, 2010 at 3:08 am

    awesome, i was wondering when you'd do something like this.

  2. Cath @ chunkychooky
    May 28, 2010 at 5:37 am

    I very recently discovered your blog and am having one of those " where have you been all my life" moments. So fantastical - such beautiful ideas and photography...

  3. med nål och tråd
    May 28, 2010 at 6:54 am

    LOL, what a dance, what a dance.

  4. Kaylovesvintage
    May 28, 2010 at 10:19 am
  5. Jennifer D.
    May 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Joel, I have been peeking in on your blog for a few weeks not and, I too, have to applaud your creative brilliance! Thanks for sharing all of your sensational ideas :)

  6. Joel Henriques
    May 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks everybody!

  7. Andrea
    May 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    :-) I wish I had moves like that.

  8. fairiemoon
    May 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    TOO fun! I love your videos! I couldn't help but dance a little myself.
    Erin :)

  9. REread
    May 30, 2010 at 10:36 am

    very cute little video

  10. Lucille
    May 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Funky! You always make me smile.

  11. Maritza
    May 30, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    This is great.

  12. Sara/minimega
    May 31, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Hahahahaha LOVE it!
    There ain't a problem that you can't fix 'cos you can do it in the mix :)
    Love the dolls. Love the music. Great!

  13. ellen
    May 31, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Just discovered your blog and I am in love! You are amazingly creative and your children are lucky to have you.

    Thanks for the inspiration. Yummy!

  14. Virginie CeQueJeVoeu
    May 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I love all your crafty toys !!! Congratulations. I wrote a post today on my blog about your paper city!

  15. Holly
    May 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Hilarious! I am most entertained by the daddy arm that makes short appearances in the corner there. Bravo. love the blog!

  16. kellyi
    June 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

    We are making our own puppets today. I'll let you know how it goes...kids also want to compose their own Joel-Inspired music :)

  17. suna
    June 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    just had a major replay-replay dance party with your little friend.

  18. .
    June 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Lovelly toy!!

  19. JoAnn
    September 23, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Love these and your blog! How do you actually make them?
    We are getting ready to make some puppets and I'd love to try and make something like what you made so......how did you do it?

  20. Anonymous
    October 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    OMG!!! My 2 yr old absolutely loves this! We just watched about 12 times. "Again, Again, Again..." says Baby J

    Any tuturials on this craft??? or where can it be purchased?

  21. Joel Henriques
    October 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks everybody! Yeah, if you google "how to make pop up puppets" there are a few basic tutorials. But all you do really is mount a head onto a dowel stick (I drilled a hole into the head piece and glued it on), then use a cardboard tube, like from wrapping paper or paper towel, for the body. Then sew a long "outfit" that slides over the tube. (The tube should be about half the length of the entire body.) When the clothing is over the tube, slide the head/dowel stick in from the top, and then use hot glue or something to get the top of the clothing to stick to the neck of the puppet. Thats it!

  22. Jenn Girl
    January 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    When I was little I had a pop up puppet! I hadn't thought about it for years! What a great idea!

  23. Katherine
    March 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Wow! All of May is really brilliant and simple, sand combs, aquarium, painted rocks and sticks, puppets and marionettes! I really love your work!

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