Homemade Mummenschanz

A dark glove and part of an egg carton are used to make this Mummenschanz inspired hand puppet.

For those of you who may not be familiar with it, Mummenschanz is a non-verbal performance art group that became popular the 1970’s. As a child I was absolutely fascinated by Mummenschanz. I became so familiar with them through their TV ads & PBS performances, that I would attempt to recreate their costumes and movements and put on small, impromptu performances for my mom. This is a happy memory for me – so I thought I’d share it with my daughters.

My inspiration – Mummenschanz.

To make your own Mummenschanz puppet – cut out the end section of an egg carton. Make sure you include the last two compartments and the entire peak. Create eyes with a black magic marker.

Put on a black glove and position puppet head on hand by inserting middle finger into the back of the peak.

Here’s a clip of our homemade Mummenschanz performance –

And here’s an actual Mummenschanz performance from 1976 –


  1. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts  July 19, 2010

    What a cool project! I’m passing this idea on to some crafty blogs!

  2. Reut  February 20, 2011

    It looks so simple and yet so cute! Thank you for sharing this great project.