Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day #40: Recycled Riding Hood Finger Puppet (and Rat Update!)

It's tough blogging about puppets and fun stuff when the world is falling apart and people are in real danger. I have been racking my brain trying to think of something to do that's related to what is going on, but my brain just locks up and I am unable to move beyond the horror of reality.

I guess I'll just stick with the basics.

I had a productive day at the studio working on my rat/possum experimental puppet. It's coming along quite nicely.

Eyes, eyelids in place -- working on the mouth.
For my puppet posting du jour, I was inspired by a glue stick.

I use these in workshops, but I always feel horrible about the plastic waste involved. I picked one up today and noticed how very, very perfectly the external tube fits nicely over your finger... I looked around the studio a bit more and located a ping-pong ball.

I'm sure you see where this is going!

I have lots of scrap fabric that needs a purpose, so I gathered up some of that, too. Voila! Little Red Riding Hood.

Perfect Fit!

If you stick the finger puppet back on the glue part, it even stands up. I was able to use leftover materials for this (most puppeteers have ping-pong balls, scrap fabric, glue sticks, and other weird stuff on hand at all times!).


  1. Basics are good. Reusing that glue stick made me smile, as did seeing the update on rat / possum. That smile is no small thing, given the state of the world.

    It's been a tough week for me, but when I saw a photo of a Japanese mother having her 5 month old baby girl scanned for radiation exposure this morning, I realized that all of the problems I have ever had, truly do not compare. Even the worst I've experienced, the loss of a parent when still only a child really hasn't prepared me to fully understand what that mother must be feeling.


    Still, somehow, some way ~ love is the answer. Love and laughter, and doing whatever else we can do to help, however we can do it.

    A lightened heart is born in light, so please keep making me smile.


  2. What a fantastic use for glue stick containers, and an adorable Red Riding Hood!