Likeness Puppets

Caricature, Likeness  and Look-a-like Puppets

Romesh Puppet by Picture to Puppet

Build a puppet that looks like you!

Our bestselling custom likeness puppets are used all over the world by ventriloquists, film makers, TV shows and families. You might well have seen some lookalike puppets on TV recently. We can build a puppet that looks like you, a celebrity, your loved one, or …. anyone at all! Just send us a photo of the person and we can make a bespoke caricature puppet in their image. You can choose what clothes they wear, what moving parts they have, what hairstyle they have… everything about your lookalike puppet will be uniquely crafted to your specification.

Transform A Photo Of Someone Into A Caricature Puppet.

We offer lots of types of likeness puppets to suit different budgets. Ranging from full body hand puppets (from £350) to our £9 custom finger puppet kits, we can meet your needs! 

Here are some of the types of likeness puppet we make. The prices are a guideline – the price of your puppet will depend on the complexity of recreating the character.  Please contact us for an exact quote.

Custom likeness puppet

Likeness Hand Puppets

Our hand puppets are fully lined with sculpted foam head structures, stuffed bodies and embroidered features. They all have a reinforced movable mouth. 

Half Body – From £385

  • Head, arms and torso –
  • Approx 50cm top to bottom
Likeness puppet half body

Full Body – From £435

  • As above, plus legs and shoes
  • Approx 80cm top to bottom

Latex Likeness Puppets – from £900 

Our latex likeness puppets are hand sculpted and then cast in latex. They can have a high level of detail and be very realistic. You can find out more about our latex puppets here.

Latex likeness puppet

Optional Extras for Likeness Puppets 

Some optional extras for hand puppets include:

  • arm rods – £5 each
  • jointed elbows – £25 apiece
  • movable eyebrows – £50
  • blink mechanism – £120 
  • glove hands – £25 each
  • tattoos – from £35
  • 3D eyelashes – £15

Scroll down for lots of examples of our likeness puppets, lookalike puppets and caricature puppets!

Our glove puppets are 30-40 cm tall and have a movable head and arms. They are easy to use, even for young children. They are machine washable.

Two likeness glove puppets of a woman and a boy

Bespoke likeness Glove Puppets – from £260

  • Just upload a photo and leave the rest to us!
  • Detailed embroidered facial features
  • Custom made clothing
  • Scroll down for lots of examples!

Find out more here.

Build a glove puppet – From £40

  • Choose features for your puppet from a wide range of options.
  • Simple in style
  • Round eyes and noses and a smile.
  • Plain top in a colour of your choice
  • Trousers or a skirt. 
Build a Glove Puppet Example

Likeness Soft Toys – from £430

Our likeness soft toys, or mini me plush toys:

  • Can be any size you like – even life size! 
  • Can be freestanding and posable or soft and floppy
  • Have custom made clothing
  • Can have any proportions you wish
  • Have embroidered faces
Likeness Plush toy

Examples: Full Body Hand Puppets

Half Body Lookalike Puppets: Examples


Lookalike Glove Puppets: Examples


Likeness Plush Toys: Examples

How Our Lookalike Puppets Are Made

All our custom puppets are individually handmade in our studio in Leith, Edinburgh.

Our lookalike puppets have three-dimensional heads, and a movable mouth that you operate with your hand. They can also have other movable features such as moving eyebrows, moving eyelids and movable hands.

Puppet heads

Puppet Heads

The head starts as a foam base. First of all we study the shape

 of the person’s head, and make a unique foam net for each person. We bend and glue into shape, and sculpt and pad out details such as cheekbones. We then cover this in a fabric ‘skin’, which is machine stitched to closely fit the foam base. This makes our puppets very durable. 

The mouth is built into the outer fabric, and is stiffened with plastic to hold its shape. The eyes, nose, ears and any other features such as facial hair are appliqued and embroidered on.

Puppet Clothing

You can specify what you would like your caricature puppet to be wearing, and we will match the clothes as closely as we can. Many of the clothes we make ourselves, in other cases we buy baby clothes and alter them to fit. We have a huge collection of tiny clothes and shoes in the studio.

Custom Puppet Costumes

Our lookalike puppets are made to last. We are so confident that they will that every single one of our products is guaranteed for normal use for 5 years. If you have any problems with it, we will repair them free of charge. 

How long does it take to build a lookalike puppet?

Our standard lead time on custom builds is around 6-8 weeks, although this varies. It takes a few days to make each one, but we usually have to order in materials for each individual puppet, and often have a queue of puppets to make. We also offer a 1-2 week speed build option which costs +25% of the total cost of your puppet. We ship worldwide and offer lots of different shipping options to suit your timescale and budget.

You can find out more about how they’re made by looking at our blog.