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 –

Comments (4):

  1. Reut

    February 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

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

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