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Yeah, Yeah, we know. The typical build-a-puppet class features paper bag puppets with glued-on decorations. Perfect to use as a litter bag in the car on the way home from the class.

Well, not here at the museum. We help our students make puppets that they will take home, display proudly, and actually use. Even big people have fun in our classes.

Each three-hour session begins with the sometimes hard decision of what type of puppet they want to build. They can bring an favorite old stuffed animal (or person) which can magically be converted to a working puppet. OR, they can choose from our extensive collection of stuffed stuff, most of which has been rescued from Goodwill and saved from a long trip back to China (where nasty things would surely happen to them). They have all been washed and made ready for their conversion.

Then they need to decide what type of puppet they want to build. We have one price for the session. $25.00 each attendee for hand, rod, hopper, or marionette puppets. (Marionettes
should cost extra because each one comes with its own hand-crafted control beam, made by Marty in our shop from genuine Oregon-Grown wood)

We can only handle seven students per session, so that we can give each student the quality time they deserve.

Best for ages 5 and up.

Below are some samples of puppets that have been built in our classes.
Build-a-Puppet Workshops at
Portland Puppet Museum

Only seven students per class
so call: (503) 233-7723 for reservations
The Portland Puppet Museum is located at:
906 SE Umatilla St, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 233 -7723
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Page Last updated May 1, 2017
Support Oregon's First Puppet Museum!!
Puppet Building Classes:

Let’s have some FUN!!!
Come and make your own puppet.
With our small class size, we help you make puppets that you will take home, display proudly, and actually use or give as a gift. Even big people have fun in our classes.

First, you choose your favorite abandoned, cleaned, and gently used stuffed animal from our stock, or recycle a (former) favorite from home. Just like a rescue shelter for dogs or cats, we've got lots of lonely (but lovely) animals in many sizes and colors eagerly awaiting adoption, but only one is just right for you or your child.

Then we help you or your child modify and remake the animal into a magical fantasy creation limited only by your imagination. We've got boxes full of outfits, sparkly stuff, accessories and fun things to make the magical transformation into the perfect companion.

Adult Class will be held:
Friday -May 12th @ 6:30-9:30 pm

Family Classes will be held:
Saturday -
May 13th @ 1-4 pm
Sunday -
May 14th @ 1-4 pm

All this for ONLY $25.00 per student

Limit of SEVEN students per class so reserve NOW!

For Reservations: Stop by the museum,
Call (503) 233-7723 (Voice ONLY),
e-mail: owpt[at] or purchase tickets on-line at:

(Note: once there, choose carefully because there may be multiple show, date, and time choices. On-line tickets are held for you at the door.