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How to Make a Ventriloquist’s Puppet

SAFETY FIRST: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven't used before.

Build this goofy-looking puppet, then put on a show using ventriloquism (making it talk without moving your mouth).


  • Wire cutters
  • Wood rasp
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Coping saw or jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Utility knife
  • Wood clamps
  • Four small eyehooks
  • L bracket
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Wood glue
  • 3/4“ x 10” dowel
  • 2” wood ball
  • Two toy wooden wheels (optional)
  • (Head) Two clear pine boards 1/2” x 4“ x 2”
  • (Box) Two boards 3/4” x 4” x 11”
  • Two boards 3/4” x 4” x 61/2”
  • Two small springs
  • Wire coat hanger
  • 1” square plastic washer, cut from a milk jug


1. Cut out the head and jaw using the profile patterns (click here to download patterns).

2. Stack, clamp and glue the shapes together.

3. Rough out the shape of the head and jaw with a wood rasp and sandpaper. While shaping, make sure the head and jaw fit together and work smoothly. Drill a small hole through the jaw and head. Hinge together with coat hanger.

When satisfied with how your puppet looks and how the mouth operates, remove the coat hanger; rasp and sand the surfaces of the head and jaw separately until smooth.

4. Mount the small eyehooks as shown in the head and jaw diagram. Attach a small spring to the eyehooks. Tie the fishing line to the jaw eyehook. Put the head and jaw together, and hinge in place with the hanger wire. Glue two wooden plugs to cap each end of the axle. Sand the ends of the plugs smooth.

The Control Rod

5. Cut the wood ball in half, then drill a 3/4” hole through its center. Sand. Slip the round end of the half ball 3” down the dowel. Drill a pilot hole, and glue and screw the half ball to the control rod.

6. Drill a pilot hole, and screw in the eyehook at the bottom of the control rod.

7. Attach the L bracket and plastic washer to the control rod.

8. Drill a hole at the base of the head. Glue the control rod into the hole. Screw in place. Drill 1/8“ holes through the rod (as shown) to string the trigger control. Sand holes smooth.

9. Thread fishing line through the holes and attach to the L bracket. L bracket should easily open and close mouth.


The Box Frame Torso

10. The box is open in the back so you can reach the control rod through a slit in the costume. Screw and glue the box together.

11. Drill a 1 1/2” hole in the center of the top of the box. Use rasp to angle the hole so the ball nestles and turns easily.

12. Mount the last eyehook in the bottom of the box. Insert the control rod through the hole and attach spring to eyehooks.

Decorate your puppet with paint, hair and a costume. Hands and legs can be left off or suggested with stuffed stockings.

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26 Comments on How to Make a Ventriloquist’s Puppet

  1. Never heard of this before

  2. Lockwood and co // November 16, 2019 at 1:32 pm // Reply

    Awesome! I’m gonna try this!

  3. editorpuppet // October 6, 2019 at 12:36 pm // Reply

    The head will be made out of clay. The rest i might need help with.

  4. editorpuppet // October 6, 2019 at 12:32 pm // Reply

    I don’t have any wood. So I’ll try it with clay. Have some different ideas for the face. Basing mine on a old TV show about reporters and their bad boss who i think was misunderstood. I’m making their boss in puppet form. At least that’s the plan. Will maybe get clothes out of Build A Bear. I have Asperger’s and my little brother has Autism. But that won’t stop me.

  5. Djiceeiceeand big phill // February 3, 2019 at 1:22 am // Reply

    Hey thanks you I’ve been trying to figure out how to make my dummy mouth to work .

  6. Derby the horse // November 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm // Reply

    This is great! I can’t wait to try this!

  7. Derby the horse // November 25, 2017 at 3:14 pm // Reply

    This is great! I can’t wait to try it!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Derby the horse // November 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm // Reply

    Awesome can’t wait to try

  9. maybe you can use your own size

  10. slappy the dummy // February 14, 2016 at 7:51 am // Reply

    i like it

  11. Boo I want stuff I can do for free

  12. this is a fun way and easy.where can i get the parts anyway?

  13. Captain rice // May 6, 2015 at 10:52 pm // Reply

    Cool this is a fun summer project

  14. Pedro Alfalfa // February 23, 2014 at 10:00 am // Reply

    Cool, Does if you build this do you get a workshop pin
    for weblos?

  15. this dummy // May 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm // Reply

    eeewe! i dont want that kind! i want one like the dragon and boy!

  16. do you have to get a pupet

  17. That guy you know // February 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm // Reply

    I think I’ll try this, looks way easier than other stuff I’ve seen

  18. Thanks! Ive always wanted to be a ventriloquist!

  19. looks really hard but besides that awsome!

  20. I don’t have wood yet.

  21. awsome

  22. awsome

  23. Scout 10192 // August 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm // Reply


  24. ventriloquistart // April 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm // Reply

    Why doesnt it tell you what size wood screws

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