DMPCreative

Handmade, hand dyed, hand crafted custom puppets.

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Announcement    HAPPY 2023! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make 2022 a great year for this shop. I'm going to be adding new things as I get them ready, and here's a requested one hot off the presses: an LG giraffe tee! Build your Little Genius character collection and add this cool tee to your wardrobe.

If you have a favorite character you'd like to see on a t-shirt or sweatshirt, let me know. I'll be adding more soon (the original background art takes time), but if a bunch of friends want a particular character, I'll work on that one first.

WELCOME!
Hi everyone and welcome to my shop. I'm Dave, and I'm a professional puppeteer and puppet builder with over 35 years experience. You may be wondering what the story is behind these characters, and why they're a bit pricier than many puppets you see.

First of all, these are not toys, but 100% handmade and handcrafted characters intended for performance. All the fabric parts are hand-dyed, the eyes and pupils custom formed, and the costumes and detailing custom crafted and applied by me, the designer. The characters range in size from 13"(33 cm) - 15" (38 cm) typically. They are large enough for SM-MED adult hands, and fine for children 7 and above.

I custom make each one to order, so there's no need to worry about the listed quantities.

THE BACKSTORY:
In the early 2000's I was contacted by a producer friend in Denver to upgrade some puppets for a well-known infant video series. I designed and built 5 initial puppets, and the videos were such a success that I wound up making and puppeteering characters for many more of the series titles. Sweet! (As a puppeteer, nothing beats a steady gig)

Eventually they stopped producing the videos so I thought, "Well... that's the end of that."

Fast forward almost a decade to a few years ago when I started receiving messages from a devoted group of fans of the videos. A number of really cool young people on the spectrum loved the characters, and asked if I could make more puppets the same quality as the ones in the videos.

Contractually, I couldn't make exact copies, but I could do something similar, so voila! Here are the "Little Geniuses."

One cool part of this is that some of my clients (these awesome young folk) make viral videos with the characters, which is wonderful. As a puppeteer, I love helping others use the power of puppetry to share and communicate, especially for those who may experience more challenges interacting socially.

So thats the story. If you (or someone you know) would benefit from using puppets like this, please order and support the shop. Your orders make it possible to provide more.

I 'm happy to do these characters in other colors and combinations, and I'm happy to create custom characters, if you're able to pay an extra design fee and production schedule permitting.

Thanks,

Dave

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 7, 2023

HAPPY 2023! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make 2022 a great year for this shop. I'm going to be adding new things as I get them ready, and here's a requested one hot off the presses: an LG giraffe tee! Build your Little Genius character collection and add this cool tee to your wardrobe.

If you have a favorite character you'd like to see on a t-shirt or sweatshirt, let me know. I'll be adding more soon (the original background art takes time), but if a bunch of friends want a particular character, I'll work on that one first.

WELCOME!
Hi everyone and welcome to my shop. I'm Dave, and I'm a professional puppeteer and puppet builder with over 35 years experience. You may be wondering what the story is behind these characters, and why they're a bit pricier than many puppets you see.

First of all, these are not toys, but 100% handmade and handcrafted characters intended for performance. All the fabric parts are hand-dyed, the eyes and pupils custom formed, and the costumes and detailing custom crafted and applied by me, the designer. The characters range in size from 13"(33 cm) - 15" (38 cm) typically. They are large enough for SM-MED adult hands, and fine for children 7 and above.

I custom make each one to order, so there's no need to worry about the listed quantities.

THE BACKSTORY:
In the early 2000's I was contacted by a producer friend in Denver to upgrade some puppets for a well-known infant video series. I designed and built 5 initial puppets, and the videos were such a success that I wound up making and puppeteering characters for many more of the series titles. Sweet! (As a puppeteer, nothing beats a steady gig)

Eventually they stopped producing the videos so I thought, "Well... that's the end of that."

Fast forward almost a decade to a few years ago when I started receiving messages from a devoted group of fans of the videos. A number of really cool young people on the spectrum loved the characters, and asked if I could make more puppets the same quality as the ones in the videos.

Contractually, I couldn't make exact copies, but I could do something similar, so voila! Here are the "Little Geniuses."

One cool part of this is that some of my clients (these awesome young folk) make viral videos with the characters, which is wonderful. As a puppeteer, I love helping others use the power of puppetry to share and communicate, especially for those who may experience more challenges interacting socially.

So thats the story. If you (or someone you know) would benefit from using puppets like this, please order and support the shop. Your orders make it possible to provide more.

I 'm happy to do these characters in other colors and combinations, and I'm happy to create custom characters, if you're able to pay an extra design fee and production schedule permitting.

Thanks,

Dave

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LG Mouse

LG Mouse

$84.99

LG Mallard Duck

LG Mallard Duck

$84.99

LG Caterpillar

LG Caterpillar

$624.99

LG Peacock

LG Peacock

$219.99

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  • Jennifer on Dec 27, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and amazing craftsmanship! Thank you for creating these puppets! My kids are so thankful!

  • lilystolz on Dec 23, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolute best customer service and phenomenal puppets! Happiest customer ever :)

  • Steve on Dec 12, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic experience and my Son is very Happy

  • Kent on Dec 9, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Very high quality handmade puppets my son will love them. Thanks dave.

  • Jennifer on Nov 21, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    These puppets are the best!!! My autistic son is obsessed with a certain show and these are spot on replicas!

  • lilystolz on Oct 16, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    We are your biggest fan! Thank you soooo much for the puppets! My son was so happy :))))

  • Teresa on Oct 5, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    All of these puppets are stunning! My son is going to be so happy on Xmas morning.

  • Sheila on Jan 30, 2023

    5 out of 5 stars

    I've Got The Simple Kangaroo Puppet Now On March 23rd I Will Buy A Gorilla Puppet With Arms Witch That Cost $256.99 And A Flamingo Puppet Witch That Cost $179.99 And A Red Dog Puppet With A Blue Collar On It With No Name Tag On It Witch That Cost $185.99

  • Tyler on Jan 17, 2023

    5 out of 5 stars

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful puppet! I have always wanted him, & you made him exactly how I wanted him to look like! I really love him so much!

  • Sheila on Jan 11, 2023

    5 out of 5 stars

    I Love This Caribou Puppet With Arms Alot Next When The Simple Kangaroo Puppet Comes In Mailbox I'll Get A Jaguar Puppet Witch That Cost $197.99 And A Gorilla Puppet With Arms Witch That Cost $256.99 And A Wombat Puppet Witch That Cost $179.99 A Cow Puppet With A Purple Collar With One Cow Bell Witch That Cost $158.99 And A Joey Kangaroo Puppet With A Red Shirt On It Witch That Cost $1,396.99 And A Mother Kangaroo Puppet With Out Any Hair Witch That Cost $768.99

About DMPCreative

Sales 468
On Etsy since 2018

Shop members

  • Dave

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    A professional puppeteer since the 80’s, Dave was a founding partner of Animax Designs, where he designed and built for major theme parks, and won two regional Emmys. Dave was the master puppeteer and designer for many of the Baby Einstein videos.

Production partners

  • Printful

    Charlotte, NC

    Printful handles the LG merchandise printing

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