Creating a Peacock Puppet
Step 1: Create the Body
- One large balloon
- Newspaper/scrap paper (for shredding and for forming shapes)
- Ingredients for paste: Flour and Water
- Hot glue/glue gun
- String (for marionette-style puppets)
- Inflate balloon to desired shape; tie off to close. This will form the peacock’s body
- Shred newspaper for papier mache. Tear into small squares (approximately 1-3 inches). Size can vary.
- Mix paste for papier mache. A thicker (less watery) paste will dry faster.
- Coat newspaper pieces with paste and place on balloon. Be sure to overlap edges so there are no gaps. Cover entire balloon.
- Repeat step #4 several times, until there are a minimum of 4 layers.
- Allow body to dry.
- Once dry, pop the balloon and remove.
Step 2: Create the Neck
- Roll newspaper or light cardboard into a tubular neck shape. Secure with masking tape. (neck length can be trimmed later, as needed)
- Cover with 2-3 layers of papier mache
Step 3: Create the Head
- Form a small ball out of newspaper and secure with masking tape. Be sure that head is proportional to body and neck.
- Cover with 3-4 layers of papier mache.
- Allow neck to dry.
Step 4: Assemble the Pieces
- 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.
- Paint all pieces. Allow to dry.
- 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.
- 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.
- For marionette-style puppets, attach string to moveable parts: head, neck, body.
Congratulations! You have a Peacock Puppet!