Custom Hand Puppets
If you’re looking for custom hand puppets, talking puppets, moving mouth puppets or muppet style puppets, you’ve come to the right place. All of our custom muppets are handmade in our Edinburgh Studio – just send us a picture or description of what you want to get a quote!
Hand Puppet Features
- Foam inner head
- Stuffed and lined face and body
- Reinforced, movable mouth
- Can be any size
- Full or half body
- Optional arm rods
- Optional extras include blinking eyes, moving eyebrows and wiggling ears!
- Five year guarantee
Hand Puppet Pricing
The following price ranges are a guideline, and prices vary greatly depending on your design.
- Full Body Humanoid Hand Puppets – £325 – £400
- Half body Humanoid Hand Puppets – £290 – 375
- Animal Hand Puppets – £400 – £700
More About our custom hand puppets
Our custom hand puppets are a popular choice for ventriloquists, film and TV as well as schools and families. They typically have a moving mouth and are 3D and structured.
Hand puppets are very versatile. They can be pretty much any shape and size, so long as they are big enough to fit your hand into the head. It is easy put your hand inside them and make the mouth talk – however you can also spend years practicing and still have things to learn!
In addition to the standard moving mouth, talking puppets can also have moving eyebrows, blinking eyes, jointed limbs, arm rods and lots of other fun things added to them, which make them really life like. There is no limit to how much detail we can add!
The heads of our custom muppets are usually sculpted in foam, which is firm and springy enough to make the mouth comfortable to operate. For every puppet, we draft a unique pattern for the skull – no two are quite the same. This is normally an iterative process involving a first draft and several adjustments.
Depending on the body shape of your custom muppet, there may be several possible entry points for your hand. In these cases, we will chat with you to decide which entry point will be the most suitable for your particular requirements.
Our hand puppets are lined and have tapes around the mouth so that you can get a good grip. Other facial controls such as eyebrow mechanisms and blink mechanisms are also located inside the head, and there is an opening in the lining above the hand puppet’s moving mouth so that you can access these.
In most cases, we make the body and limbs out of fabric and stuff it. We have a huge range of fabrics available to us and will show you samples before we start making your puppet. We can make any clothing you like for your puppet, ranging from shorts and T shirt to fit a hippo to accurate replica Victorian undergarments to fit a tiny human puppet!
All of our hand puppets are guaranteed for five years.