Custom Marionettes

 A custom string puppet is a great way to bring your character to life! Marionettes are ideal for full body movement with a single puppeteer. Simply send us a picture of your character and let us know what movements you’d like to prioritise, and we will figure out how to make your marionette work for you. Here at Picture to Puppet, we can make bespoke marionettes of many styles and types, with controls ranging from a simple cross piece or wire to vertical control 9 string marionettes.

Our marionettes are expertly handmade here at our workshop in Leith. Our handmade marionettes are made from a wide range of different materials and can include a custom made costume if required. Materials can include lightweight sculpted clay, wood, textiles, and all sorts of plastics – if you’re looking for a particular finish or texture, just let us know! We can also construct many different types of marionette controls, depending on how you would like to operate your puppet.

Custom String Puppet by Picture to Puppet


We can make custom string puppets based on a photograph of a person, an animal or a character you’ve designed. If you’re not sure what you want yet, we also offer a design service.

Our standard lead time for custom builds is about 4-6 weeks. We also offer a 1-2 week speed build option which is 20% of your total order cost.

If you can dream it, we can make it. We get asked to make bespoke marionettes, mascot costumes, jack in the boxes, finger puppets… We’re always keen for a new challenge, so if you’re looking for something weird and wonderful, give us a shout!

Get in touch to chat about your requirements.