How To Make a Foam Puppet - Part 1 - (Free Chapter)

Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin


Learn to design and fabricate foam puppets with master puppet maker BJ Guyer (Muppet's Wizard of Oz, Glee, Crank Yankers). In Part 1 of his 3-part webcourse series, Guyer introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques you'll need to pattern, carve and sculpt a hand puppet out of affordable foam.

Approximate Runtime: 02:32:47


  • Hand Tools & Power Tools
  • Types of Foam & Materials
  • Designing Puppet Patterns
  • Puppet Fabrication: Cutting, Carving, Sculpting & Sanding 
  • Making a Mouth & Eyes
  • Creating Internal Compartments for Mechanisms

FREE CHAPTER: How to Make a Foam Puppet - Prepping for Mechanisms


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  • When we get the on demand is there a way to get the patterns still?  I have been checking it out and want to build one????
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Hi Kurt,

    You can email [email protected] to get the patterns associated with this lesson.

  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Here are the templates used in this lesson.
  • I am watching BJ Guyer's puppet foam sculpting part 1 on demand and during the explanation as to what type of foam to use for carving he did not mention reticulated foam as an option. Is that not a good foam option for sculpting foam or does BJ just not carve reticulated foam as a matter of preference?
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Reticulated foam might have some structural uses, but I imagine it is not commonly used when sculpting forms since the nature of the foam would make smooth surfaces difficult if not impossible, and it would need to be skinned.  As with any material I'm sure there are a few cases where it might be advantageous.  I'll see if we can get BJ to chime in.

  • I have purchased the DVD but I have no patterns can you email me the patterns please. 
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Hi Billy, the patterns are posted here:
    Please let me know if you need anything else!

  • Yes thank you
  • I have the purchased the DVD's and have a question about where would you cut/install a hole if you were using the puppet for ventriloquism.  Having the arm from the bottom of the puppet may not be useful.
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