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Bashful Puppet

Updated: 2018-03-08T11:02:07.112-05:00




Since it has been more than three years since my last post most of you will have figured out that I am not actively involved in puppet building and design.  Work and other interests now occupy my time.

I am gratified that many still find this blog helpful. For this reason I have chosen to leave it in place. I will however not be answering inquiries for an indefinite period of time.

Also, the computer on which all my pattern files were stored has crashed, the hard drive bit the dust. For this reason I am unable to share any of my patterns. If you want one of these patterns there are members of the community that have the patterns and they are free to share them with you.

Blessing and enjoy your puppets.

Sorry I've been away so long...


I just wanted to post to let people know that I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. My absence here in the blog is part of some changes that have come into my life in the past months. My responsibilities at home and at work have multiplied taking over much of the time I have for puppets. I also have some quasi-puppet interests that are taking up sometime in preping for puppet projects.

That being said I am still interested in puppets and I am pretty prompt in answering emails and the like. I still plan to post any projects when I am able to get to them.

Until then...


Prairie Dog Pattern


I am happy to offer the complete pattern for the Prairie Dog. When combined with the tutorial I've posted on YouTube you have everything you need to make you very own Prairie Dog. Or you could get creative and make some kind of other creature.

I'm asking $15.00 USD.

To order email me at I will send you a reply via Paypal with instructions for payment and when I have recieved payment I will email you the pattern.

Prairie Dog Build Videos on YouTube


I'm pleased to announce that I have completed and posted a video tutorial for the building of one of my prairie dogs. Below I have embeded the first of that series.

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Let me know what you think.




I've been at work in the Bashful Puppet workshop, otherwise known as my dining room, and have finished the three prairie dogs that are going to star in the Prairie Dog parables puppet show I'm currently writing.

(image) Their names are Grandpa Horowitz, the green one with the beard, Jessie, the purple one, and Davie, the orange one.

The next character I will build is a grumpy Wood Chuck named chuck and then a little field mouse name Morgy

Round Head Building Video Tutorial


Several have asked questions regarding the construction of the round head puppet pattern. Below I have uploaded a video briefly describing how to put the head together and measure the mouth.

If this does not answer your questions send me an email at and I'll be glad to help you further.

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Microphone Problems


I started building the next two puppets today and was recording the whole process with my web cam. I had recorded the assembly of the entire foam construction before I realized that the microphone had been turned off. So I had video and no sound.

This is what I have decided to do. I am going to be building a wood chuck next and the body is very similar to that of the prairie dog so I will now record the build process for the wood chuck.

Sorry about the change of plans but that's the way the ball bounces some times.

1st Prairie Dog Puppet


Over the last few days I have completed the first of the prairie dogs for the Prairie Dog Parables show I am working on and he is cute. I haven't come up with a name for him yet so if you have any suggestions I'm open to ideas.

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I intentionally didn't take any pictures of the build process. Since I had never built a puppet this shape too much of the whole thing was trial and error for me to feel comfortable committing any of the process to picture or print. Now that I know what I'm doing I'll let you in the the process for the next one.

As I already mentioned I have two more prairie dogs to build. What I am planning to do is set up my web cam and video the process. I haven't decided if I will simply make the videos and then post them or record the process live on my blogtv account. I'll have to get back to you on that.

Ordered Foam For Prairie Dogs


I've decided for my prairie dog puppets, and the boy puppet, that I want to use a higher grade of foam than I have previously used. I have ordered some reticulated foam from an upholstery supplier in my region. I have been told by some other more experienced builders that reticulated foam is the most durable foam for building puppets. So I'm hoping that in a few days I'll have the foam in hand and can get started on building those critters.

I have already designed the prairie dog puppets and I have purchased the fabric for two of them. I'm going with terry cloth and I believe that it is going to be a challenge to get the fabric to fit right because it does not have any stretch. Always before have I've used fleece that has some stretch to it which made fitting fabric significantly easier. But the principles of covering are the same I'll just have to fuss with it till it comes out right.

For the colors I'm going with some cartoon type colors. Greens for one, purples for another and I haven't decided on the others yet.

I'll have pictures as soon as I get some actual construction done.

Puppet Theatre Build Update


The frame for the puppet theatre I've been working on is completed. The Base for this theatre is a large bin called a "Smart Bin." The frame work for the theatre is 1/2 inch copper tubing and the necessary fittings. I chose copper for three reasons. One, low profile when transitioning from fitting to tubing. Only about 1/8th of an inch. Two, ease of availability. In every community across the country I can get material to repair or modify the stage. And three, cost. Some may think that the copper would be an expensive alternative. The entire frame, excluding the bin cost me about $35.00. If you compared that cost with other options it's a pretty good deal.

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The over all stage height is about 7 feet. The stage opening is 54 inches off the floor and is about 40 inches wide and 30 inches tall. The back drop will hang about 15 inches back from the front and the puppeteer(s) will stand behind with the drop hanging between him and the puppet. There are two arms extending out the front that will support the stage lights. All very securely supported by the smart bin. One thing I really like about the frame is that it is constructed so that you can still open and close the lid of the bin.

At this point I need to acknowledge that I based my stage design on the stage that Swazzle is currently using for their shows. I really like the versatility and and simplicity of their stage layout.

Prairie Dog Parables


I have begun plans for a new puppet show that I am hoping to use as a one man street show. For this I am creating five new puppets. Three are prairie dogs, one is a wood chuck, and the other is a field mouse. My plan is to adapt several of Jesus' parables and bring them to life in my puppet theatre. Check back to see the progress I make as I build these new characters.

For those wondering whether or not I'll be able to complete the boy puppet I announced a few weeks ago I want to assure you that I have plans for him as well. So its busy, busy, busy in the Bashful Puppet workshop.

Puppet Theatre Build


A few weeks ago I was given a rugged tool box that is roughly 36 inches long by 18 inches wide by 18 inches deep. I am going to convert this into a puppet show in a box stage and all. I am designing a stage that is somewhat patterned after the stage that Swazzle has been using this past summer. The stage will be about 5 feet wide and 7 feet tall. I plan to post pictures of the completed stage so that you can see what I come up with.

Little Dragon Shadow Puppet Video


I was watching Daryl Stiqman's PuppetLive blog, over a BlogTV, and he showed us a exerpt from the video, "The Little Dragon" performed by the Puppet Art Theater Co. This performance is a perfect example of the power of shadow puppetry and truly wonderful story telling.

I found it inspiring and am really thinking about how I would like to use shadow puppetry in the productions I'm working on. Because shadow puppets have different limitations when compared to hand puppets I think they would add to the power of a puppet show. I think they would also work well for dream sequences since they are two dimensional and monochromatic.

Regarding the boy puppet. I waiting for a chance to get to the foam store to pick up some reticulated foam so that I can get on with the building.

NEW POST - Boy Puppet


Well after a crazy busy summer and early autumn I am back and beginning a new puppet build. For this puppet I am leaving the world of insects and moving to people. A boy puppet to be specific. I haven't lost interest in my cast of insect characters I just think that as a builder and sometimes a performer I need to have a person puppet in my line up. The boy puppet is based on a character in a Max Lucado children's story, "A Hat for Ivan," that I think would make a great boy puppet.


I am using a modified pattern I purchased from Dr. Puppet as the foundation for the head and some building techniques I learned from his puppet building videos.

I should also say that while I am making the time to build puppets I still have many other projects that re demanding my attention so I may not be able to update as often as I would like. Have to keep my priorities in line. That being said I am looking forward to this build. I plan for it to be the best construction to date.

I'm Back and Hard At Work


Honestly I am hard at work,though admitedly most of the work has nothing to do with puppets. My house needs some work and thats taking up quite a bit of time. And then there's my work...that goes without saying. Fortunately for the puppets one part of my work is to prepare a program for 100 kindergarteners at a regional campmeeting.

The theme that I have chosen requires that I write several dialogs between one or two of my puppets and a leader. This means that I will be posting some puppet scripts in hte next few months so stay in touch.

Sorry no puppet builds at present. I would love to build but they take a lot of time and distract me from other things that I ought to be doing (like writing scripts and working on my house).



It's been a while since I last posted. I've been busy working on holiday related projects. Just to update regarding my puppet type activities I'm currently working on some scripts for a Joshua Junebug and Friends VBS program. Well, to be honest I'm having a hard time getting into the writing thing. Ever since high school I've found that I most motivated to write when the deadline is close at hand. ... Yes, I know, I need to be more disiplined. That's my pledge, I will stop procrastinating and get to work.

I'll post more when I have something more completed.

Juan Pancho and His Friends


This is a update report on the Peruvian puppet I made a few months ago. He has been named Juan Pancho and is now happily settled in his new home and is enjoying helping as an assistant in a children's spanish class. The children and their parents love Juan Pancho as well and one of the little girls goes to him and gives him a kiss first thing when she gets to class.

I've included pictures of Juan Pancho with his new owner and his classmates



Police Woman Hat for Rhino Beetle


The first challenge in building the Rhino Beetle was making her look like a woman. I think I was successful in accomplishing this. The next step is to outfit her to look like a Police officer. The first idea I had was to make her a police woman hat.

First I made a hat out of interfacing. This was a challenge but patience and perseverance paid out and I was satisfied with the shape. Next came covering the hat with fleece. The crown I covered with black and the brim I cover with white. I chose the white to make the hat stand out from the Rhino Beetle itself. Then I added a badge to the hat and it was done.


I'm not settled on the badge but it was the only one that I could find in the house so it will do until I can find one I like better. I need to find one so that I will have one for her hat and a matching one for her chest.

Solomon Gets Wise Video


If you've been wanting to see the Lilac Hollow gang in action your wait is over. Last week I produced a short video that feature 5 of the 6 characters I've built so far. Admittedly the video is a little rough but but none of have much experience in puppetry for video or video editting. We're just kind of learning as we go. That being said I think the story comes through and every thing went pretty well.

So without further ado here is Solomon Gets Wise ...

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Rhino Beetle Complete


Here she is ... Constable Richelle Rhino Beetle!!!

Aside from the accessories needed to complete her police officer persona she is complete. Honestly, she was a challenge and a lot of fun. Some aspects of this build were much more challenging that previous builds I have done.

Tomorrow I'm planning on shooting some video of Richelle and several other puppets from the Joshua Junebug menagerie. I'll be posting the results of that as soon as they're available. Until then here are some pictures of the complete Rhino beetle.

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Rhino Beetle Update


I know I haven't posted in several days but I've been quite busy with various projects. I'm taking a break from one of them to update you on my progress with Richelle Rhino Beetle. As you can see I've gotten her head and body completely covered. I'm very please with the outcome so far. The red lips give just the right touch to emphasize her femininity.


All that's left are the eyes, the hands, the legs, attaching the head into the body (right now its just sitting in place) and some accessories.

Joshua Junebug's First Video


Well I've finally taken the plunge into making videos. This posting is really just a test or practice run. At the same time I wanted to introduce one of my characters and why not make that character Joshua Junebug, the first of my bugs. And speaking of bugs, I'm sure that you see a number of mistakes in the video. Please bear with them and enjoy meeting joshua Junebug in action.

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Rejected to Power Pig


My second puppet was a pig I built for my churches puppet ministry. Well the first attempt was a lot bigger than I wanted it to be so I abandoned the partially built head and started over. That was several months back but a few weeks ago my nephew came for a visit and asked if I would help him finish it. His idea was for the pig to be a kind of super hero. Well I taught him how to glue and sew by hand but the look and character are all his design. He's pleased and I'm very proud of him.


Richelle Rhino Beetle Preview


A new member of the Lilac Hollow gang is in the works. This new puppet is a Rhinoceros Beetle Police officer named Richelle. I decided that there needed to be an adult female figure in the series and felt that a police officer offered the versatility that I needed.

The Rhino Beetle is a neat challenge because of the horns. Getting the rhino beetle look and still having an approachable character is a interesting challenge. So far I'm happy with the look I'm getting. The figure is just about to the point where I'll be starting to fabricate it.
I'll be back in a few days to post more reports on the progress of the build.

Introducing Seth Slug


I've been working the past few weeks on another puppet. He had been planned for a long time but I had put his construction on the back burner. Now a story idea has pushed him to the front of the line. I'm really happy with the way Seth Slug has turned out.

He's a bashful, slow moving, slowing talking, slow everything classmate of Joshua Junebug and his bug friends. Through Seth, Lilac Hollow is going to learn that good things come even to those that don't hurry and scurry around.