My favorite way to display finger puppets, even the silent deadly kind, is on a finger puppet stand.
Optional: You can router the edges of the scrap wood.
*You can also buy beveled plaques very similar at any hobby store for a $1-$2.
Mark your base approximately where you want the holes to go. Using a drill press, drill holes into the base without going all the way through. Roughly about a 1/4 of an inch depth should be enough.
Cut your dowel rod into approximately 3 inch sections.
Grab your stand, dowel rods and wood glue.
Glue the dowel rods into place. Once in place, you may want to place another piece of scrap wood over the dowel rods. Tap them into place using a hammer to provide a more secure attachment. Allow plenty of time for them to dry and set.
Decide what color you want your stand to be and apply at least 2 coats of spray paint.
Place your finger puppets upon the stand and proudly display.
And, yes, we make a lot of finger puppets in this house.