~ marionette 1: aina maninonet ~

04 February 2011

ari testing the little thing

as soon as we got home from the Botanic Gardens yesterday, aina and ari went straight into making a marionette (a string puppet). since she started watching The Sound of Music a few months ago (which she watched nearly everyday, twice a day), she’s been wanting a marionette similar to those played in the movie.

it was more like a trial and error project. we used the left-over materials of the giant spider.

  • extra balloon sticks (or straws might work, too)
  • that plastic thing shaped like a cone to keep the balloon on the stick
  • the styrofoam ball for the head
  • masking tape
  • flathead steel pins, the leftover from making last year’s christmas decoration
  • sewing thread
  • and that cylindrical carton thing from a roll of toilet paper.

the head was made out of the styrofoam ball, the shoulder and bodice were constructed by connecting the toilet paper carton with the plastic cone for the balloon. we had to snip the “neck”, so that it’s not too long.

making the feet
making the feet

the shoulder and bodice were attached by the masking tape, while the head and the shoulder was attached by sewing thread and pin.

head, torso and arms

the limbs were created by piecing the balloon sticks together with thread running inside it. one end of the thread attached to the bodice, while the other to the controller.

connecting the legs
making the feet

the feet were made using the plastic cone with some coins underneath it to weigh it down.

making the feet heavier
making the feet heavier
making the feet heavier
the little aina maninonet
ari testing the little thing

aina had a great time with it. she loves it so much that she named it after herself: Aina Maninonet (because she can’t pronounce marionette). she continuously gave us a puppet show using the back of our couch as the stage.

aina trying to give us a puppet show :)
aina trying to give us a puppet show :)

ari can’t get enough of Aina Maninonet, either… he kept revising it all night last night, and all morning today. by this morning, ms. Maninonet has a pair of shorter arms, big bright eyes and smiling lips (drawn by aina), shorter and better controller, heavier bottom and a pair of hands. she looks very happy, especially with that big smile.

the latest iteration of aina maninonet
the latest iteration of aina maninonet

ari is already planning to build another marionette. this time, a real one made out of wood and not naked. we have a long list of materials, so tomorrow is our shopping time :)

~ comment (10) ~

Hey this is fantabulous and entertaining too Thalia, Arie and Aina Maninonet…creative and dilligent..I should say…
“One little girl with a lonely goat..yo de le i yo de le i yo de le hi hoo…” the marvelous voice of Julie Andrews in the movie The Sound of Music danced around in my head..Bravo ! :)

Bi Willy (W. Julivanie Aspinall) | 5 February 2011 - 05:25 | reply

hahaha, that puppet show is aina’s favorite out of the whole movie… i have to sing that song for her everyday, at least twice a day. “yodelay heee, yodelay heee heee….!”

thalia | 5 February 2011 - 11:01 | reply

lol, maninonet! that’s cute.
it looks very Tim Burton-esque :)

dian | 5 February 2011 - 06:32 | reply

that’s what i said, too!! skeleton-esque body with huuuuge black eyes is totally jack skellington, no? but aina refuses to see the similarity… oh well, aina maninonet it is, then.

thalia | 5 February 2011 - 11:03 | reply

it is a dream comes true for Aina….

mimi | 5 February 2011 - 09:59 | reply

no, not yet… it will be a dream come true for her, once ms. maninonet wear pink dress and sport long hair :)

thalia | 5 February 2011 - 11:05 | reply

I think, soon miss Maninonet will have a binggi and a bubu :)))

Cynthia | 8 February 2011 - 05:17 | reply

hahaha, yes, aina has been asking for them! and a princess outfit for maninonet herself… (biar ga kayak skeleton lagi, katanya).

thalia | 8 February 2011 - 11:35 | reply

kereeenn, kreatiifffff!!! ihh seneng bgt deh jadi aina banyak mainan sendiri :D

crey | 22 February 2011 - 02:05 | reply

hihi, thank you crey… sekarang si maninonet udah rusak :( lagi bikin yang dari kayu nih, biar ga cepet rusak :D

thalia | 27 February 2011 - 10:28 | reply