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Design a Puppet

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, with help from our friends at Lotterywest, want to build a new puppet to celebrate our 40-year Anniversary in November 2021, and we want your help to design it with us.


The Challenge

To take up the Challenge, we need you to design a puppet inspired by something special about your community. Send us your design idea and then we’ll select one design to build. And what’s more, we’ll also bring the new puppet to life as part of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s end-of-year Community Celebration.

This is a rare opportunity to see your imagination brought to life and is open to everyone from across Western Australia including individuals, families, schools and other organisations. All you need to take part is a bit of imagination and to have fun.

You can find the entry form at the bottom of this page.


You’ll need to send us your completed design idea via the online entry portal by 4:00pm (AWST) 20 August 2021 (sorry, no late entries can be accepted).

The Reward

As well as that warm glow of knowing you’ve done something creative, one design will be selected to be professionally constructed and showcased as part of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s end-of-year Community Celebration.

As an extra reward, the chosen design entrant, along with two other outstanding entrants, will each receive a Design-a-Puppet prize pack including a family pass (four tickets) to see our new musical production, The One Who Planted Trees at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in September 2021.

The Instructions

1. Explore and investigate your community
Talk with your friends and family about things that are special or unique to where you live. It could be a person, a place, an animal, an object, a story or something that’s happened in the past. The task is to explore and investigate.

2. Design-a-Puppet
This is where you let your imagination go wild. We need you to let us know about your design idea and what you have imagined from your community exploring and investigating.

You can do this in words or pictures or both. Whether you use words or pictures we will need to know why your puppet is unique to the community you live in. Here are just a few suggestions of what you could include in your description.

What is the inspiration for the design?

How does this relate to where you live?

Tell us a bit about the life of your puppet?

Maybe your puppet has a name?

What does it look like?

Is what it’s made of important? Colour materials, textures shapes etc.

Maybe your puppet has a special power?

You can work on your application by yourself, with a friend or in a group.

3. Sending it to us
You will need to send your design idea to us in digital format through the online registration portal BELOW. Each applicant can only submit one application.

If you use words to tell us about your puppet, we need you to keep your description quite short (less than 250 words).

It’d also be great if you want to add a drawing, picture or a photo of a model or any image that helps tell us the story of your puppet. If you’re submitting an image, you’ll need to make sure it’s less than 10MB in size. If you’re not sure how to create a clear digital copy of your artwork you might need to ask someone for some help.

If you’re under 18, the Registration Form must be completed by a parent, teacher or legal guardian.

4. Conversations
The Design-a-Puppet competition is an opportunity for conversations about what is special about the community you live in, and to share ideas by developing a short creative brief describing a puppet character which reflects a unique aspect of your community.

We hope the project can be included in your programming for the year.

Submission instructions for Parents, teachers or program managers

Upload your design brief along with a completed online entry form BELOW. Entry is free and only one entry per child will be accepted.

A parent/guardian will need to complete the online entry form for children and students under 18 years. If a teacher or program manager is registering the student/child then it will be assumed that they have received any necessary parental consent for the entry.

An optional digital photo, scan or copy can be included along with your design brief and the online entry form. Image files size should not exceed 10MB. Please ensure the file being submitted is clear and in either .png .pdf or .jpg format only. Remember, each entrant is only allowed one application


Design-a-Puppet: Entrant over 18 years

  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf.


Design-a-Puppet: Entrant under 18 years

  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf.