Last year our boys decided that they wanted to be a marionette and a Christmas stocking. It is our tradition to allow them to choose whet they want to be and we will try to make it.
Find appropriate clothes to wear and lock stocking.
Find a sturdy hat to wear that can be used to support the controls above their head.
Use a wire hanger and poke it through the hat so that is it about 6-8 inches above the hat.
We used flexible cork strips to be light but you can use small sticks for the control arms.
Tie a string from each stick to the wrists and ankles.
Paint face as needed.