Welcome to the The Puppetry Institute online store! 

Join us from home or schedule an in-person class!

- Classes fit for every age and skill-level!
- Learn VAPA and STEAM skills through creative fun! 
- Get a customized physical kit tailored to your project!

- Get access to our easy-to-follow videos!
- Live Q&A video chat support included with most kits!

- Free shipping within the continental US



 A portion of all sales support student scholarships!
Also check out Mercurio's Curios: Artist Giftshop!

Class Index
Online and in-person available!


Puppetry Projects
+ Puppets from Scratch: Camera-ready Hand-and-Rod puppets

+ Tabletop Puppets: Puppets move with the flick of your fingers!
+ Make Your Dragon: Build a life-like pet dragon of your own!
+ Make Your Dragon Jr.: Build a life-like baby dragon of your own!

+Puppetry for teachers: Bring puppets into your class curriculum!


Art and Performance
+ Monster Design: Design digital fantasy creature concept art!

+ OOAK Art Dolls: Part sculpture, part plush toy - all fantastic!

+ Egg Painting: Paint a fantasy creature egg!

+ Dr. Mercurio's Digital Tour - bring virtual magic to school!


Costumes and Cosplay

+ Fursuits: Create an animal mask and tail

+ Face-painting: Learn professional face-painting skills!

For Beginner Artists:

+ Sock Puppet Duo:  Decorate a pair of sock puppets!
+ Paper Puppetry for Beginners: Make 9 paper puppets!
+ Make-A-Muppet: Customize a pre-made muppet-style puppet!
+Shadow-Puppetry: Create a theater and 2D shadow puppets!

+ Stitchy: Create your own simple monster plushie!

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For Beginner Artists

Get project kits for ages 4+ delivered to your door!

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 Puppetry for beginners - $25*
(Recommended age: 4+)


Create 9 puppets in 6 different styles!
Make a paper-pocket family, a paper-bag super hero and nemesis, a paper plate theater, a paper plate big-mouth critter, a jointed dragon shadow puppet, and a sock puppet design!


Includes: Physical paper kit, blank sock puppet, online printable coloring templates, & online videos. 
VAPA & STEAM curriculum.
Requires: Scissors, school glue, crayons & adult supervision!


Sock Puppet Duo - $20*
(Recommended age: 4+)

A great introduction to puppets for wee-folk. Decorate a pair of new sock-puppet friends, name them, and give them a story!

Includes: Physical kit with two sock puppet blanks, decorative materials & online videos.

VAPA & STEAM curriculum.
Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!



(recommend for age 8+)

Learn the art of creating stories from light and shadow! This is one of the original forms of puppetry and dates back as far as recorded time. We will cover building a portable stage, basic shadow puppets, and storytelling, culminating with a performance.

Includes: supplies for build-at-home stage, shadow-puppet templates, online videos, online sound-track and live Q&A. 
VAPA & STEAM curriculum


Stitchy the monster pal - $80

(recommend for age 6+)

In this class we'll learn about how to make your own stuffed creature doll. "Stitchy" is an adorable little whatchamacallit that you can customize to your liking with just a few added steps. You'll also learn some basic sewing skills such as pattern making and hand sewing, so you can create more creatures for Stitchy to befriend!

Includes: Physical kit  & online videos. VAPA & STEAM curriculum.

Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!


Make-A-Muppet - $80*
(Recommended age: 6+)


Take one of our beautiful hand-made blank muppets, add your own creative flair, then get a crash course in performance. What do you get? A colorful character that is positively uniquely you - inside and out!

Includes: Physical kit with puppet blank and decorative materials & online videos. VAPA & STEAM curriculum.
Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

Puppetry Projects

Bring anything you imagine to life, with customized kits and 1-on-1 support!