Custom Jack in the Boxes

Custom Jack-in-the-Boxes by Picture to Puppet

A traditional toy with a twist! Our Custom Jack in the Boxes are individually hand made to your specification. We’re proud to be one of the few personalised Jack in the Box makers remaining in the UK. Don’t you wish you could make someone you know/ your favourite book character come out of a bespoke Jack in the Box?

Well now you can! Just send us a picture of your character and within a few weeks your Jack in the Box will arrive. We can make a custom Jack in the Box in the likeness of a person, a character you’ve designed, a child’s drawing, your company’s mascot, or anything at all.

These personalised traditional toys will not fail to bring a smile to the recipient’s face. They are all hand made in our Edinburgh Studio.

Types of Custom Jack in the Boxes

Our uncranked Jack in the Boxes pop up when you open the lid. Our hand cranked Jack in the Boxes play a tune when you turn the handle and pop up at the end.

We make our jack in the boxes with wooden balls for heads, which have custom features painted onto them and hair added on. The clothing is custom made to order.

Pricing Guidelines:

Uncranked – from £230

Hand cranked – from £400

How to Order your Personalised Jack in the Box

Send us an image of the character you’d like to pop up out of the Jack in the box. We will ask you to choose what the character will be wearing (if anything), their facial expression and the colour you would like the box to be painted.


The default size of our custom made Jack in the Boxes is about 11cm cubed. However, we can build the boxes any size and shape, so just let us know if you’d like a particular spec.

Lead Times

The default lead time for our custom made bespoke Jack in the Boxes is about 4-6 weeks – we often have a queue of orders to make and we’re a very small team. We also offer a 1-2 week speed build option for those Jack-in-the-box emergencies! This costs +25% of your total order cost.

The Process

Building, sanding, priming and painting the box is the first step. For the heads, we normally start with wooden balls; we paint on the features and varnish them. We make tiny wigs for them using wool or faux fur. Then we fit the heads to a strong spring and fasten it to the inside of the box. Making tiny clothes for the Jack in the Boxes to match the pictures we’re sent is our favourite part – we spend ages going round the charity shops to find the right fabrics.


Contact Us for more info or to order yours now.