Want to be a puppeteer? You've come to the right place, my friend.

With some expert know-how, amazing puppets are within your reach.

First, get the book

We know, such shameless promotion. But seriously. With hundreds of color photographs, a 2-hour DVD, and instructions on everything, this is the holy grail of puppetry guidebooks. This indispensable book will teach you how to:

  • Make puppets from stuffed animals
  • Build your own hand puppet
  • Create advanced Muppet-like puppets using master techniques
  • Build simple, intermediate, and advanced puppet stages
  • Bring your puppets to life with convincing body language, voices, and diction.
And a heck of a lot more. It's worth it!

Take me to the book!

  • Zaniness
  • Seriousness
  • Helpfulness
  • Likelihood of taking over your social life

Then, use these awesome resources

From patterns to videos, it's everything you'll need to take over the puppet universe. And then some.
Tutorials

If you’re stumped on a challenging step, don’t worry. The Naked Hand Team will provide regular tutorials on common questions to help you get on your way.

Videos

Laugh, cry, and get inspired with some of The Naked Hand Team’s latest performances.

Inspiration Gallery

See some of our latest puppet creations. It’s a motley crew, but we think they’ll get your creative wheels turning.

Patterns

If you’re having trouble copying the patterns from the back of the book, you can find printable versions here.

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for your puppet's behavior. If your puppet does succeed in overtaking your workshop, your home, your family, your friends, and/or your very persona, we will consider you forewarned and sufficiently alerted by way of this notice. This site is intended for immature audiences—mostly.

Latest Tutorials / News

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What folks are saying

Meet The Naked Hand Team

Amy White
Queen of Puppets
Amy is a children’s literature specialist at the Orem Public Library and a puppeteer. A longtime advocate of storytelling and puppetry, Amy has been an integral part of bringing puppets to the annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival since 1997.
Mark H. Pulham
Puppeteer Extraordinaire
Mark Pulham—Utah Arts Educator of the Year 2006—is a teacher, librarian, puppeteer, and actor who currently works for the Orem Public Library. Mark teaches puppet-making workshops and frequently performs puppet shows at schools, libraries, and centers for the arts.
Dallin Blankenship
Puppet Master of the Universe
After creating awe-inspiring puppets at The Puppet School in Los Angeles, Dallin is now pursuing his Puppet Master of the Universe Doctorate as a member of the Naked Hand team.

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