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Out of the Deep Blue: Make Your Own Puppet @ Home - Tutorial 1

Wed 19 August 2020

Available until the end of August 2020, 'Out of the Deep Blue' Web Series is our partner Autin Dance Theatre's brand new digital programme featuring unique and practical creative step-by-step tutorials to 'Make Your Own Puppet @ Home' out of reusable household items!

We'll be releasing a series of five short films of Eko, a sea-giant puppet, telling inspiring and climate change awareness stories to children and young people.

Tutorial 1: Make a Milk Bottle Puppet

You will need:  

  • 4-pint plastic milk bottle
  • 1-pint plastic milk bottle 
  • 3 chopsticks (or sticks)
  • 2 drinking straws 
  • Thin cardboard - we recommend a cereal box!
  • A sharp pencil 
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape 
  • String 
  • Materials to decorate your puppet - you could use paint, coloured paper, bottle tops, colouring pencils or anything you fancy! 

We would love to see your puppet creations! You can join the ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ online community of homemade puppets and storytellers. Please fill in this form to share your videos with Autin DT - you can also post them on social media using #outofthedeepblue

Keep an eye on our social media and website for Tutorial 2: Make Your Own Octopus Puppet with Puppeteer Emily Cooper - coming soon!


This puppet was designed by Toby Olié and inspired by his Blue Peter Milk Bottle Puppet. Toby is a director, designer and performer of puppetry who creates inventive and engaging work that ignites the imagination. 

Tutorial by Ben Thompson. Ben is a puppeteer and actor who has worked on many productions in both theatre and film including the National Theatre's 'War Horse, 'The Boy in the Dress' at the RSC, 'Richard III' at Shakespeare's Globe and 'Fantastic Beasts' for Warner Bros.

Visit Autin DT's website to find out more. 

This project is funded by Birmingham City Council as part of the Creative Online Connections commission, supported using funding provided by the offsite affiliate partners (Appetite, Birmingham Hippodrome, DanceXchange, Derby Festé & Wild Rumpus) and Without Walls Blueprint R&D support.