Looking for a perfect personalised gift that will make you stand out? Or you would like to forever encapsulate a moment in your life that you cherish, for example a wedding or a birthday? Create a custom marionette of you or your loved ones! It is easy as pie.
Surprising your friends or loved ones becomes harder every year. You might have tried all the usual gifts but this year, you want to show off. If you still struggle with what to buy or simply cannot find an inspiration, try a custom marionette! Here are the simple steps on how to get your own puppet in seconds.
What you need
This is the simplest part. All you need for your custom marionette is a photo. That´s right, it is that simple. The photo in question should be of a good quality and ideally show the features you want to highlight. If you want us to create your beautiful face, make sure you don´t send us a photo with your back turned to the camera. You don´t need to be a professional photographer either, it is enough if it is a good quality picture from your phone.
If you feel up for the job instead, you can purchase your own custom marionette kit and give it a try. We promise it is not as hard as you think and your loved ones will enjoy your gift even more. Shop kits here.
Choose your material
Although you might be most familiar with wooden marionettes and puppets, there are other materials you can use for creating your custom marionette. Some of our marionettes are made from wood by our carvers but you can also opt for the 3D print version. These are super quick to make and usually cost a bit less. They might also be a good choice for when you plan to give the marionette to someone who either has children who like to get a bit rough when playing or simply to someone who might appreciate the easier maintenance of plastic marionettes. Wooden marionettes take a bit longer to make, however, are perfect for recreating weddings, births or other very important life events where you feel you should make the investment.
You can check our already made marionettes we based on a photo in our gallery here.
If you or your loved ones are fans of puppetry, work in theatre or teach, we have something special just for you. We also make perfect replicas of famous marionettes and puppets that have been known and loved all over the world. Just because you cannot get the specific one, does not mean you should not own it.
If you work in theatre or know someone who is a teacher, we can make custom puppets and marionettes for them too. Puppet play has a long history in both art and education and we have global experience in creating those and contributing to this long heritage. We usually take about 6 weeks to make the whole collection but can speed the process up if there is a hurry under 2 weeks. Learn more about the process here.