I used to hang my screen prints to dry on wire lines, with clip type
clothes pins separated by three inch lengths of cardboard tubes.
When my kids make puppet heads, I have them bring a plastic soda bottle
and a cardboard tube. The tube goes in bottle and serves as a stand.
This works well if you are using styrofoam, or plasticene as a base for
papier mache. For glove puppets, The tube can be removed. Leave it in for
rod puppets--if it doesn't get too soggy. You could also cut sections and
string them together as a basis for marionettes--maybe thin clothesline
threaded through them with knots at the joints.