If you are thinking about making your own puppet, there are a bunch of cool options…

We’ve compiled some of our favorite plans, along with a step-by-step guide towards the bottom of the page.

Here’s one of our favorite guides:

With these things in mind, here are some simple instructions that can help walk you through the process of how to make your own DIY Muppet.

Some of these are costumes while some are just puppets- take your pick!

11 Homemade DIY Muppet Plans

1. DIY Muppet Puppet

DIY Muppet Puppet

When it comes to children’s entertainment, the Muppets are one of the most recognizable brands.

The Muppets are a group of puppets that have been around for over 50 years. They were created by Jim Henson, who was a pioneer in puppetry and animatronics.

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2. DIY Muppet Crew Collection

The Muppets

I love the Muppets. They are so cute and funny and I always watch their show when it is on TV.

They have done so much for me over the years. I remember watching them when I was younger and they always made me laugh.

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3. Joker Muppet

Joker Muppet

I love the Muppets. I grew up with them- though I don’t remember the Joker being one of them. Hmm…

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4. The Muppet Project

The Muppet Project

Here’s another whacky plan! 

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5. Make a Muppet Puppet

Make a Muppet Puppet!

The Muppets are known for their comedic routines, popular songs, and general zaniness. They have appeared in more than 120 television specials and starred in thirteen feature films.

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6. The Muppets Sweetums Costume

The Muppets Sweetums Costume

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7. Animal Muppet Costume

Animal (Muppet) - Costume

Muppets are used in many productions, including the long-running “The Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street,” and “Fraggle Rock.” The term is sometimes used more generally to refer to any type of puppet.

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8. Beaker Puppet

Muppet-style Puppet

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9. Statler and Waldorf Puppets

Muppet Halloween Costume

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10. Animal From the Muppets

Animal From the Muppets

I wouldn’t want to run into this Muppet in a dark alley…kind of terrifying!

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11. Sweetums From “The Muppet Show”

Sweetums From "The Muppet Show"

Here’s a scary one- great for a Halloween costume!

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12. How To Make A Puppet Head Pattern From Scratch

This is an updated video that shows you how to make a puppet head pattern from scratch. The YouTuber even includes a free pattern!

Step By Step Muppet Puppet Creation

Step 1

The first step in making a Muppet is to pay close attention to the materials that are needed to complete projects like this. In fact, if you want this project to be easy without any unnecessary disruptions, you need to gather all of the supplies, tools, and equipment that are required.

And, you need to ensure that everything is placed in one centralized area. So, let’s get started by listing all of the required materials, and the detailed instructions of the steps that need to be taken.

Main Materials Needed

  • Thread
  • Hot Glue
  • A needle that is made specifically for sewing
  • Scissors for cutting

Fabric Materials ½ yard (highly recommended materials include: felt, fleece or fur) each of which will work well in this type of project

Materials like felt to create the uniqueness and looks of the mouth. You will need at least 5 by 5 inches of felt materials.

Materials to create the look of a simulated mouth plate. Again the dimensions should be at least 5 by 5 inches and the materials used should be made up of stiff felt and crafted materials.

Sewing Machine

Miscellaneous Items needed for ears, eyes, hair, nose, eyebrows like buttons, plastic spoons, pieces of wigs, wool, yarn, feathers

Step 2

As referenced above, today everyone has access to a wide variety of ways to make a DIY Muppet. Therefore, once you have gathered all of the supplies, tools and equipment that is required to complete this type of project, your next step may involve using a downloadable print of the muppet that you want to make.

These downloadable patterns are not only relatively easy to locate on different online sites, they can be used by virtually anyone who has a need.

For instance, if you want to download a printable pattern of Fozzie Bear, Kermit the Frog, or Miss Piggy, you should identify the puppet that you have selected and print the patterns of each real time.

Step 3

After you have printed the pattern of the puppet that you will be making, you need a place to lay out the fabric that you will be using on a traceboard. Again, the type of fabric that you select will depend on your preference (i.e. Fleece, felt, or fur). The choice of materials is up to you, your preferences, your needs and your budget.

You should always make sure that you are flipping the pattern over when you are tracing the second half. You will be using these tracings to cut out all the distinct separate pieces.

For instance, if you are making a DIY Muppet of Kermit the Frog, you want the front and back sides of your Muppet to be equal in shape, sizes, diameters and lengths.

Step 4

After you have completed the process of tracing all of your distinct pieces, you should use sewing pins to keep the fabric in place and together as you sew. Also, by using sewing pins, it will prevent your fabric from gathering and will also help to keep the fabric completely straight as you stitch.

Step 5

After you have completed the sewing process in step 4, you will need to sew the back and front edges up.

Step 6

Once the back and front edges are complete, you will need to trace and then cut the fabric mouthpiece out of velvet or felt parts of the materials. And, then pin and stitch this mouthpiece together. To make sure the inside of the mouth is seen distinctly from the other parts of the puppet, you may want to use red or black or fabric colors.

Step 7

To make sure that your mouthpiece is secure with the support that is needed, there are a few more things that need to be done.

Trace and then cut out the mouth plate pattern one more time. However, to give this part of the Muppet piece the structure and sturdiness that’s needed, use foam or a stiff felt material.

You should also use a 5 by 5 craft square of craft foam if you do not use stiff felt for your mouth plate support.

Glue the mouthpiece plate that you have just sewn together to support the inside of your mouth fabric.

After you have created the perfect sturdy mouthpiece for your Muppet, you should turn your mouthpiece inside out.

Additionally, If you really want to save money on this type of project, you may want to consider using plastic materials from recyclable storage bins.

Step 8

To make sure that your Muppet looks like the character that you have selected, you can add specific features like the hair, hats, nose, eyes, ears, teeth, and any other features that apply.

Conclusion

There are many different ways to create your own DIY Muppet today. You can find instructions on a wide variety of sites that explain how to make your own DIY muppet in detail.

These instructions will provide you with a host of valuable information on topics like how to make your own DIY Muppet, how to choose the right materials, equipment and supplies and how to follow step by step instructions to complete the work that needs to be done.

With the right types of instructions, you will not only save lots of time and effort, but will also help to save money, too. These instructions can help you to make any muppet character that you choose.