Creating a Peacock Puppet

MATERIALS

  • One large balloon
  • Newspaper/scrap paper (for shredding and for forming shapes)
  • Ingredients for paste: Flour and Water
  • Paint/paintbrushes
  • Hot glue/glue gun
  • Feathers
  • String (for marionette-style puppets)
DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Create the Body

  1. Inflate balloon to desired shape; tie off to close. This will form the peacock’s body
  2. Shred newspaper for papier mache. Tear into small squares (approximately 1-3 inches). Size can vary.
  3. Mix paste for papier mache. A thicker (less watery) paste will dry faster.
  4. Coat newspaper pieces with paste and place on balloon. Be sure to overlap edges so there are no gaps. Cover entire balloon.
  5. Repeat step #4 several times, until there are a minimum of 4 layers.
  6. Allow body to dry.
  7. Once dry, pop the balloon and remove.

Step 2: Create the Neck

  1. Roll newspaper or light cardboard into a tubular neck shape. Secure with masking tape. (neck length can be trimmed later, as needed)
  2. Cover with 2-3 layers of papier mache

Step 3: Create the Head

  1. Form a small ball out of newspaper and secure with masking tape. Be sure that head is proportional to body and neck.
  2. Cover with 3-4 layers of papier mache.
  3. Allow neck to dry.
Step 4: Assemble the Pieces

  1. When all pieces are dry, begin to assemble the peacock. Cut a hole in the body to insert the neck, adjusting angle and range of motion as needed. Glue head to neck using hot glue.
  2. Paint all pieces. Allow to dry.
  3. Create the legs, feet, and beak from lightweight cardboard. Secure with masking tape or hot glue. Paint. Once dry, attach to body with hot glue.
  4. Poke several small holes in the tail-end of the body to insert feathers (removable feathers make transporting the puppet easier). Trim feathers as needed.
  5. For marionette-style puppets, attach string to moveable parts: head, neck, body.


Congratulations! You have a Peacock Puppet!
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