Jill Foley-inspired Puppet How-to!

Don’t miss your chance to experience The Living Room, an incredible installation at the Museum created by Dallas-based artist, Jill Foley! This is your last week to be transported to the magical world of her imagination and enjoy a truly unique and interactive work of art with your family.

While exploring The Living Room, you’ll meet many of Jill’s unique puppet characters. Have your kids pick out their favorites and point out the materials that they are made from:

A fun follow-up for your visit is for your family to create puppets of their own! Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your trip to the Museum:

  • Choosing a character. Some of Jill’s puppets are based on works of art or artists in the Museum’s collection. Have your kids pick out one or two works from the galleries that they really like and use them as a jumping off point for their creation.
  • Bring a sketchbook when you visit. Encourage your young artists to sketch from the works of art they chose–it’s a great way for them to build their skills! It’s also a great source for ideas–talk about their drawings with them, what they like best about them, and how they will make their puppet.



  • Heavyweight paper (poster board, construction paper, etc.)
  • Wire (i.e. pipe cleaners, florist wire)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Collage materials: fabric, decorative paper, feathers, etc.
  • Optional: paper fasteners, hole puncher


  1. Draw your character. I based my own puppet on the work of art below. I really liked its cape, and began thinking about superheroes:
    1. Kachina (katsina) depicting Hemis Mana kachina, United States: Arizona, Hopi people, c. 1915

  2. Cut out your drawing. You can use your collage materials to add to your character’s costume and other details.
  3. If you want, you can stop here. Tape a piece of wire to the back of your creation and you’re all set! However, if you want some ideas for making your puppet move, read on…
  4. Give your puppet joints. Cut out your character’s arms and legs and punch holes at the points where they will attach to the body:
  5. Use paper fasteners to connect the pieces together:

*Remember that your puppet can have as many joints as you want. See if you can think of other ways to make your puppet move, like:

Have each family member share their finished puppet. What is their character’s name? What work of art inspired them? As a group, write a short play starring everyone’s characters: find a space in the house to perform, use everyday items as props, and put on your own performance!

Posted by: JC



Filed under 6 to 12 year olds, Art Projects, Children’s art, Just for Fun

2 responses to “Jill Foley-inspired Puppet How-to!

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  2. Rocio Lucio

    Hi Amanda and Leah,
    I have two kids 10 and 8 and I want to enroll them for art classes. I would like more information.. This is my email and my phone number is 972-303-7095.


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