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Our Papier Mache Marionettes

Posted by on March 7, 2014

When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show. I never played with puppets or had any interest in them.

~Jim Henson

Just LOOK at what Jim Henson has done SINCE then:

For the past couple of months, we have been making marionettes! It’s been a pretty AMAZING process and TONS of work, but it has been worth EVERY mucky, ooey, gooey MINUTE of it! Even though they are “finished”, we are a LONG way from being “done” with them! What follows are some slideshows showing the steps we took, and some reflections on our “highlights” SO far:

Who would EVER believe that a bunch of paper towel tubes, masking tape and newspaper could end up becoming a PUPPET?

Who would EVER believe that a bunch of paper towel tubes, masking tape and newspaper could end up becoming a PUPPET?

“It was really fun making my marionette! It is from India. Why? Because India is my second favourite country! my favourite part is seeing it finished because it almost looks like it is a real Indian girl The papier mache felt gooey. My class had to dip the paper into glue so it would stick to the newspaper face! Oh … I almost forgot to tell you this: my marionette’s name is Rabina. She wears a green dress, has long black hair, a butterfly necklace and long dangly earrings! I’m definitely making one at home so I have TWO marionettes!” ~Hilary

“What I liked about the process is cutting the hair but that’s not all I liked. I also loved stuffing the outer legs. My marionette is representing Ukraine and it is in traditional dress. What I didn’t like doing is stuffing the inner legs because it took 1 hour and 36 minutes! So, my favourite part of of doing papier mache is doing the eyelashes because it looks realistic. My mom helped me. I wonder how she made the waist without a rubber band? The marionette’s name is Daniil. His name means Worshipper of God. I chose Ukraine because my ancestors lived there. I wonder if YOU would make a marionette?” ~Isaac

“If you ask me where my marionette is from, and I told you it’s from Tunisia, what would you say? Well … it’s from Tunisia. When our class first started making marionettes we all got into a big group and did some data gathering. We had four choices: India, Tunisia, Peru and Ukraine. I chose Tunisia because my aunt was at Tunisia so I wanted to figure out more about Tunisia and tell her more about it. My favourite part was the papier mache because I really liked the feeling of the glue!” ~Alex

WHAT?!? He liked the feeling of the GLUE? Cool! Some of us liked it ... some of us TOLERATED it!

WHAT?!? He liked the feeling of the GLUE? Cool! Some of us liked it … some of us TOLERATED it!

“My favourite part of my marionette was the papier maching because paper is on my marionette. I like the ooey, gooey part! I like the papier maching part because glue is my favourite thing to do. I am REALLY proud of myself for what I did to my marionette. My marionette is from Peru because my teacher’s marionette was from Peru! The name of my marionette is Daniel. I chose that name because it is my favourite name!” ~Lane

“Hello, blog readers! This writing is about my marionette. She is from India and her name is Seasha Chara. You say “why did I choose India?” I chose India because of the sari! I was about to do Ukraine but then I decided that I wanted to do India because of the sari! Oh. I forgot. I want to tell you what Seasha Chara means. Seasha means “Great Desire” and Chara means “Quiet and Frisky”. Oh … I also need to tell you about my highlights! My highlights are:

  • That I didn’t have to roll the tube.
  • That Mrs. Renton could teach us how to.
  • That Mrs. Adamson’s class could join in the process of making them.
  • That it was awesomely fun.
  • That I could go on the internet to find a name for my marionette.

I LOVED my experience with making my marionette. I want to teach my family how to make them!” ~Claire

“My marionette’s name is Agata Adolfinn. That means “good noble wolf”. She’s from Peru. I picked Peru because I know the most about Peru. I LOVED the glue stuff!” ~Kale

FUNNY, but a LOT of students liked the flour and water glue mixture! Good thing because we spent a LOT of time in the glue!!!

FUNNY, but a LOT of students liked the flour and water glue mixture! Good thing because we spent a LOT of time in the glue!!!

“My favourite part was dressing up my marionette. I liked dressing up my marionette because I liked the sewing and the look of it when it was done. The name of my marionette is Jithuar. That means “victorious”. The country of my marionette is India and he is a monk. The reason that I chose India and a monk is because in China they also have monks TOO!” ~Melvin

“Hi blog readers! In Grade Three at my school, we made marionettes! My marionette is from India. Her name is Chandrabha Ganika. The meaning of her name is “moonlight-flower”. It reminds me of when I was on a walk and the moon was SO YELLOW! Well, anyways, I loved almost EVERYTHING! I thought at first I had to put layers of papier mache. My favourite part is that I did the papier mache. I even got a bindi from someone! I never thought of why I picked India. It MUST be that it has a LOT of JEWELRY! Oh ya … I forgot to say that I put earrings on her. I was going to put nail polish, eye shadow, and eye lashes but at least I got lipstick! Maybe you should try to make a marionette too!” ~Catherine

“Our marionettes look AWESOME! Everyone’s marionette looks GREAT! Here are some highlights. When it was done and when we got to see it at the end. Another highlight is that you can take HILARIOUS pictures. My marionette is called Borysko Vasyl which means warrior king. Cool, hey? It took me a long time to make my marionette … but it was worth it! My marionette is from Ukraine because, well, actually I just thought it was cool. Hopefully this blog post inspires you to make a marionette!” ~Peng Peng

We EVEN had to use our DESK TRAYS to wrap the wool to make our HAIR!

We EVEN had to use our DESK TRAYS to wrap the wool to make our HAIR!

“I had the … BEST time in a LONG time! You guessed it. We finished our marionettes! What was that, you want me to tell you? Her name … well it is Oksanna. She is a Ukrainian girl. Oh. I almost forgot to tell you her name means welcoming! Hmmm! What did I forget? Oh. I know. My highlight. My highlight was dressing up my marionette and also I liked covering the newspaper body with papier mache! I got to tell you, this was ALMOST as fun as creating my marionette!” ~Kennedy

“Ding, ding, ding went the bell. I went outside and went home. Mom, we have to finish my marionette today. Okay. Then let’s do it today. We are finished and let’s bring it to school today. So, I brought it in. What is your highlight, asks Hilary. Well, my highlight is sewing the dress for my marionette! What’s your favourite part of papier mache? Well, I liked doing the pole of it because it was the easiest part. Where is your marionette from? It is from Ukraine and why is because it is a beautiful country, beautiful music and awesome traditions like Easter! Her name is Kalyna Lonna. Kalyna means rose shrub. Lonna means God’s gift. I wish we could do this again!” ~Kelly

“My favourite part of making my marionette was papier maching my marionette! my marionete is from Ukraine and I did it from Ukraine because my Grandma could help me with making the clothing. She has a doll that has Ukrainian clothing and she gave me the clothes for my marionette! When I saw them when they had no clothes on they looked funny. When they were done, they looked WAY better!” ~Zyne

It's TRUE ... LOOK at how funny they look without their traditional clothing!

It’s TRUE … LOOK at how funny they look without their traditional clothing! HAIR made a big difference TOO!

“Hmm. My favourite part of making my marionette was naming her. I think this is a fabulous name: Lyuba. It means LOVE! She is from Ukraine … a wonderful place kind of known for perogies! I LOVE learning about other places and their foods! So does Lyuba! Why Ukraine, you may ask … because I LOVE how FABULOUS their CLOTHES are! I LOVE Lyuba AND the readers!” ~Amy

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“My favourite part of making marionettes was the papier mache because you got to milk the glue off the paper.” ~Sam

“Guess what we’re making … our marionettes! My favourite part was doing papier mache. Hmm. Why did I do India? I did India because I really like the sari that Mrs. Renton brought in. And, my other highlight was that my aunt was travelling to India. I can’t wait until she goes to India. Here is a third highlight. I loved the glue. It felt really good. But, at first I was too scared to put my fingers in! I didn’t want my fingers to get icky! My marionette’s name means glow spark. It was very fun doing this project!” ~Aya

“Hi blog readers! I’m going to tell you about Malka Aabha. She’s my marionette! Malka means queen and Aabha means glow! She is from India. Why did I choose India? Because of the bright colours and jewelry. My favourite part was taking her home and dressing her. I can’t wait to take her home!” ~Noam

“Wow! That is a GOOD marionette … the work is WORTH it, one of my friends said! My marionette is from Ukraine. His name is Fedir Voledymir. Fedir means “figt of God” and Volodymir means “rule with greatness”. I chose my marionette to be from Ukraine because my country is close to Ukraine! My highlight was putting on the clothing. It was fun! My other highlight was putting on the hands and papier maching! You know why papier maching is one of my favourite parts? Because it was GOOEY and because it was the last part for building the marionettes. I wish I could make MORE marionettes!” ~Martin

We learned a LOT about collaborating and paying it FORWARD by working together and helping one another!

We learned a LOT about collaborating and paying it FORWARD by working together and helping one another!

“My highlight was when I got to dress them. Me and my mom wrapped a sari. My marionette’s country is India. I chose India because Mrs. Renton did an Indian marionette too. It was also beautiful because it had a bindi on. My friend gave me a jewel but I lost it. The jewel was for a bindi so when I finished dressing my marionette I coloured the bindi red. My marionette’s name is Β Lilly Tarala. It means flower honeybee.” ~Hanna

“Hmm. Why did I pick India? I think it’s because we learned so much about Peru that I want to learn more about a different country. my marionette’s name is Manorama Jyena. The meaning for Manorama is beautiful and the meaning for Jyena is princess. Jyena is SO close to my name! My name is Jenna and her name is Jyena. Can you believe that? One of my favourite parts was putting the clothing on her. But, I also liked seeing her all finished. Her clothes are SO soft! I put little jewels on the top of her dress. There is a part where the dress goes over her shoulder, and then I put jewels on that too! I LOVE my marionette and I am going to keep her FOREVER!” ~Jenna

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We still have MILES to go before we are finished with our marionettes. We’ll be working with Comic Life to share some of the photos we’ve been taking, along with some amazing information we are learning about each of our countries. After that … iMovies. If WE’RE not CAREFUL … Mrs. Renton might NEVER let our amazing marionettes come home!

We wonder:

  • What country would YOU make a marionette from? Why?

21 Responses to Our Papier Mache Marionettes

  1. Rachel

    I LOVE the marionettes! Everyone did such a great job making theirs unique. I especially love the traditional clothing. I knew which country each one was from without Claire’s help! Thanks for sharing this post with us πŸ™‚ Rachel (Claire’s mom)

    • The Battalion Bloggers

      Hello Rachel!

      Thank you for leaving us an awesome comment on our blog! Good JOB figuring out the countries without Claire’s help! We tried as HARD as we COULD to make each of our marionettes unique! Each of us did research to look at the traditional clothing and that really helped us out a lot! Thank you for ALL the compliments … it makes us feel happy and special!

      We wonder if you would like to have Claire teach you how to make a marionette so that YOU can have one TOO? If you DO want to make a marionette, what country would it be from? What NAME would you give it?

      The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

      • Rachel

        Thanks for your reply πŸ™‚

        I would love for Claire to teach me how to make a marionette! It was so much work though, it might have to be a special project for the summer holidays! I would probably choose to make one from Tunisia because of the countries you’re studying, that’s the one I know the least about. I could research about it and learn lots along the way! I don’t know any traditional Tunisian names. Does anyone have suggestions?

        Rachel (Claire’s mom)

        • The Battalion Bloggers

          Hello Rachel!

          Thanks for leaving a comment on the blog! You’re right … it WAS a lot of work … but … it was ALL worth it! If you DO make a marionette this summer we hope you take ten photos and let Claire bring them to school to show us! Only three students in our class are working on marionettes from Tunisia. They did boy marionettes and their names were: Karim Ala (Noble Excellence), Daaim (continual), and Dace (nobility).

          We found a really good link to help you with some girl names from Tunisia, if you decide to make a girl marionette: http://www.top-most-popular-baby-names.com/characteristics/TN/0/rank_adventurous We tried finding some names, to help you out, but it was hard to decide and when we clicked on the name to see its meaning, the names would all change. We hope you find a GOOD one for your marionette … if you make one!

          The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

  2. Jenna

    Hi Battalion bloggers! I loved every one the of the marionettes!! They are GREAT!!! What a talented class we have! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    At the end of the post we said if we are not careful Miss Renton might not EVER let us take our marionettes home, now that is funny! πŸ™‚

    We have been doing some playing with comic life do you guys like it?

    My mom said that she loved seeing the finished marionettes because she can’t come to school every day! πŸ™‚

    Jenna πŸ™‚

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Jenna!

      How LOVELY! You left an AMAZING comment! The marionettes turned out SO well! I am glad that your Mom liked seeing the photos of the finished marionettes. I wonder what she thought about the slideshows showing the process? Did she beg you to help her make one? πŸ˜‰

      It’s true … those marionettes may just have to become a permanent fixture in our classroom! Just kidding! I am SURE that Mrs. Hall will feel the SAME way once we let the marionettes visit the library and hang out on the shelves down there for a while!

      We will have to add to this comment tomorrow to get feedback from the Battalion Bloggers on your Comic Life question – it’s a good one!

      Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

      • Jenna

        Hi again Miss Renton

        Well I did not have time to show my mom all the video of the process but I showed her some of it!

        Let’s have a long convo ( I think that is how you spell it)!

        See you tomorrow

        Jenna

        P.S I know you were just just kidding that would be sad if you took all of your work. Got to go so Bye

        • Laurie Renton

          Hi Jenna!

          She will enjoy seeing the full post sometime when you have the time!

          You’re right – that would be HORRIBLE of me … I just LOVE those marionettes SO much! Each one is unique and beautiful … just like the people in the world!

          Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

          • Jenna

            OMG only 3 more hits untl 20,000!! Is it ok if I during my iPod to take a photo of that would be great!!!! Well, see you at school

          • Laurie Renton

            Oh my GOSH … I am SO excited! I am sitting here just WAITING to hit “print screen”! I know that ONE of us will catch the magic moment, Jenna! LOOK at you … I am SO proud of you for how passionate you are about our blog!

            Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

    • The Battalion Bloggers

      Hi Jenna!

      Thank you for taking the time to leave an AWESOME comment! We like playing around with Comic Life because we can make our own mini comic books. Comic Life great because we get to put in our own pictures of our marionettes!

      WE wonder what YOU like best about Comic Life?

      The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

      • Jenna

        Hi miss Renton ,

        As soon as we got to 20,000 I took a photo of it. πŸ™‚

        When we got there, I did do a little dance, well it was not little, I was dancing for a long time! I was like ” we got to 20,000!!!” For a long time, then my sister yelled at me, but I did not want to stop, so, I did the same thing over again but quietly. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

        See you at school! πŸ™‚

        Jenna πŸ™‚

        • Laurie Renton

          Hi Jenna!

          I am SO glad you took a photo of the 20000 hit! I did too – we must have been on the blog at EXACTLY the same time! How awesome is THAT?!? I love the way you said you did a little dance … you painted an AWESOME picture in my head! I CAN’T wait to hit the NEXT 1000 mark! πŸ˜‰ I WONDER when that will happen? I wonder if our estimate will be close? πŸ™‚

          Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

      • Jenna

        Hi battalion bloggers

        Hmmmm, I like a lot of things with comic life, like you guys said, I like making our own mini comics and having our own photos is great! But I also like how you can make the text bigger , it makes the words look pretty! πŸ™‚

        Is there something cool you know from comic life?

        Jenna πŸ™‚

  3. Kelly

    Hi mrs.Renton.

    wow there are a lot of post!And my favourite post is about the different library’s!
    And we are close to getting to 20 thousand !So what is your favourite post?And now I better go!
    πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ !

    Kelly

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Kelly!

      You are right – we have done a TON of posts this year! It would be very hard for me to choose just one as my favourite. We’ve done some pretty awesome writing this year. I also really like the one about the different kinds of libraries … but … the food one and the one on the various places people live around the world are right up there, for me, too! Of course anything having to do with skyping with Ashli is high up on my list too!

      I am pretty excited about hitting 20 000! It won’t be long now!

      Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

  4. kelly

    Well we are really getting close if we get more hits!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

    Kelly

    • Laurie Renton

      Kelly, we are getting CLOSER by the MINUTE!!! Woo HOO!

      Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

  5. Kelly

    Yahoo!! I can’t believe it we are close to 2 million hits on our blog (happy dance)!!!!

    Kelly;)

    • Laurie Renton

      Well … not QUITE 2 million … but definitely 20 thousand!!! πŸ˜‰ Hmm … that makes me WONDER … how many hits WOULD we need to get to 2 million?!?

      Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

  6. Kelly

    Well can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kelly

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