Twinkly Toes goes to work

I’m a small scale puppet manufacturer in the UK, and I make puppets based on your own designs.

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I made ten of these happy dragons for Happy Hands Club, which teaches babies to dance! They’re based on Happy Hands’ logo:

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As you can see Twinkly has settled happily into his new job at Happy Hands, he loves playing with the children and is the most popular dragon in the class!

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Dragons on the steps

Here they all are lined up outside the Puppet empire and ready to head off on their new adventure!

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Leith Toy Hospital Bear Repairs

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Nit the Teddy has been very poorly! When he arrived all his seams were coming loose and his eyes and nose were scratched and damaged and he was all floppy.


Now he has been washed, brushed, repaired, restuffed and has new eyes and nose so he has a twinkle in his eye. He is all bouncy and ready to go home, looking smart with a fresh bow around his neck. He even has a doctor’s not prescribing four weeks rest and lots of cuddles.


Here he is tucked up snugly in his box ready to go home in the post. He can’t wait to see his owner!

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Another Jack in the Box


Lately I’ve been commissioned to make several personalised jack in boxes, which I’ve been really enjoying. This one I made to order based on a client (below). My favourite part of making custom jack in the boxes is making miniature versions of what they are wearing and matching small details such as make up and gloves.

I rub down and paint up the boxes in the client’s choice of colour and screw tiny hinges and catches onto the lids. If any dust falls onto it when they paint is wet, I have to rub it down and start again! It’s tricky to adjust the spring correctly so that the doll doesn’t loll to one side when they pop up. But it is very satisfying to watch it pop up when it is finished!

Custom Jack-in-the-boxes are £95 + postage. Contact me for more info or to place an order.

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Be Resilient


This cat offers good advise to the children of Wolverhampton! Designed by Maruta Balodis, she reminds us not to give up, and to keep on trying and be resilient! Headstart Wolverhampton ran this competition to design a charcter promoting their core values. Headstart Wolverhampton promotes wellbeing and resilience among ten to sixteen year olds. This winning design has been made up as a glove puppet, a hand puppet and a cuddly toy.

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At Leith Toy Hospital in Edinburgh, we offer the latest advancements in puppet medicine!

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Does your child have a favourite cuddly toy who’s just been loved and cuddled that bit too much? A teddy full of holes, a bear with missing limbs, or someone who’s just lost their smile?

Doctor 2Don’t panic! Here at Picture to Puppet I’ve seen worse! I can give them a careful operation (under anaesthetic of course), and make sure that they come back to you healthy and strong enough to withstand many more years of love and hugs.

I make toys all day every day, so have a very thorough understanding of how they are made. I know how favourite cuddlies are the centre of a child’s world, and how upsetting it can be when they become damaged. I know how important it is that retain the same character and expression, so will make absolutely sure that this is preserved.

Here are some things I can do:

  • Patching – from £15
  • Limb replacement (matching fabrics as closely as possible) – From £25
  • Darning – from £15
  • Re-embroidering facial features – from £20
  • Replacing safety eyes/ noses – from £15
  • Restuffing – from £15

Or, in the most drastic of cases:

  • “New skin!” Well, snakes do it, so why not teddies? I can make a new skin in a very similar fabric to exactly the same size and shape as your teddy, and put the original teddy inside the new skin (including the soul, of course.) It’s the same teddy, but with a complete makeover. – from £50

I’ll chat with you before I do anything to make sure you’re getting a repair that you’re happy with. I’ll even send your toy back with a doctor’s note stating how long the teddy will need off work to recover fully and what exercises they need to do.

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Get in touch if you have a friend who needs some TLC!

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Or visit 64 Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh



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