Ponster puppets

Portland, Oregon

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Announcement    If you have stumbled upon my empty shop, I hope you are staying safe and healthy. I am still taking orders for custom puppets and hope to have my shop filled again soon.


Last updated on Jul 22, 2020

If you have stumbled upon my empty shop, I hope you are staying safe and healthy. I am still taking orders for custom puppets and hope to have my shop filled again soon.


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Nicole Ponce

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Nicole Ponce


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5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ryan on Dec 21, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    These custom puppets are AMAZING!!!! I cannot wait to give these to my wife. She is going to absolutely love them. Thank you for working with me in the customizations and making them look so good.

  • Ashley on Aug 24, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    These puppets are perfect, high-quality characters. They come with a personality in tow. They are the perfect addition to our virtual preschool and Nicole worked fast to help us have them in time for the start of our school year. Thank you, Nicole!!

  • Ben on Aug 16, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I have well over a half dozen Ponster puppets. I love every one of them and the quality is superb!

  • Bree on Jul 13, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    He's absolutely the best dragon ever! I love him! Another great ponster to add to my collection.

  • Dia on Apr 22, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely beautiful puppet. So excited to have this new friend. Fast shipping and came with a lovely note from the artist.

  • Nastassia on Apr 1, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I love my puppet!! Im a teacher and cant wait to use her. Thanks so much; shes wonderfully made.

  • Ben on Mar 27, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic as always

  • Heather on Mar 24, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The puppet is well made and it is just the cutest little monster! I’m looking forward to using it in shows!

    I had a questionnaire for Nicole pre purchase, and she was quick to respond, as well as helpful.

    I ordered it on Sunday and it was shipped out the next day. It arrived super quickly and was adorably packaged with a thank you note!

    Very happy customer and look forward to seeing more Ponsters in the future!

  • Ben on Mar 9, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    As always, a great product!

  • Heidi and Richard on Mar 3, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    We absolutely love our Ponster puppet! Our son is only 1 month old but the grey coloring draws his attention since newborns don't see much color yet and he seems to like it! As parents we love using this puppet to entertain our son and gives us things to say and introduce words besides sing and just talking to him. Anything that helps his brain development and play/imagination! Thanks so much Nicole for your amazing customer service! We hope to add another Ponster character in the future! We highly recommend!

About ponster

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On Etsy since 2009

Once upon a time....

Once upon a time one of my 4 children wanted a puppet for a school project. A few tutorials later, this frugal mom was on to something magical. My love for puppet making was born and the cuteness I was creating must be shared with the world.

Hi! I am Nicole. I am a Gen X mom of 4 awesome human beings and an early childhood educator. As a child, i grew up on sesame street, The Muppet show, Mr. Rogers, Dr. Seuss and playing outside with friends until it got dark. My younger sister and I played dress up ( we still do) My grandmother and mother made me dolls and teddy bears. These things shaped and inspired me. Now as a mother and someone who works with children, I know that Imaginative play is essential to children. Play is how a child makes sense of the world around them. A puppet can help a shy child feel safe. They engage the imagination. I love to make colorful, soft puppets with loads of personality and expression. I especially love the idea that I get to send my creations out into the world to bring some joy. To inspire imaginative play. To come to life on the hand of a young puppeteer or a puppeteer that is young at heart like me. If it is behind the couch, in the classroom, or on the stage, a ponster puppet will be a great friend for a child and a great addition to your show.

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Shop policies

Last updated on April 9, 2019
My name is Nicole Ponce...I make muppet like puppets. Not really people, not really monsters. I like to call them Ponsters. I love making them and I love the idea that these little creations of mine go out into the world and get to play with lovely new people....I am actually secretly a little bit jealous when I mail a puppet away. I want to go too!!!!
Here is what you should know about my puppets:
They are half body hand puppets about 18 inches long. I machine sew the body which is made from fleece. They are stuffed with polyfil, and then I hand sew and/ or hot glue all other parts..

Eyes: hard plastic dome and post eyes with washers
mouth: corrugated plastic, lined with felt or fleece and hot glued in place.
hair: Feather boa, yarn, faux fur. hand sewn and hot glued on.
For this reason I always recommend that these puppets not be left alone with small children that will want to chew off some hair or an eye...this could be a choking hazard. They are much more fun for babies when they come to life on the hand of a willing puppeteer :)

I have found that one of the best ways to outfit my puppets is baby clothes. I sometimes use second hand baby clothes, sometimes new and then alter them to fit my puppets.Most of the time I do hand make an original outfit. I will state in the item description if the clothes are used, so that you know what you are buying. Please feel free to convo me if you have any other questions...Thanks for stopping by :)

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If you are unhappy with your puppet for any reason, send it back to me in the same condition it was sent to you and I will refund the full payment. Return shipping costs are buyers responsibility.
All puppets in my shop are already made and waiting to go. Your puppet will be shipped 1-2 days after purchase. Weekend purchases will be shipped on the following Monday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am happy to do custom orders. I do not do replicas of trademarked or licensed characters though. Feel free to message me any time with questions.