DIY Puppet Theatre
As we approach the holiday season, there tends to be an abundance of cardboard boxes that are destined for the recycling bin but here is one simple idea to give that box a new life- a DIY Puppet Theatre
– 1Box – bigger is better
– Duct/Packaging Tape – Designer tape in pink zebra was used on this one
– Clear Packaging Tape –
– Sturdy cord – we used an old telephone cord (the flat kind, not spiral)
– Old Pillowcase or Sheet (any fabric you don’t mind cutting up)
– Construction Paper, Stickers, Crayons and any other items for the kids to decorate
– Box Cutter or Scissors
– Sharpie (black, red, brown, blue, green)
– Old socks
– Googly eyes from art store (optional but fun)
1) Decide which side will be the front of the theatre and draw the area where you want the window for the puppets to be. Optional: you can include a small shelf by marking a half oval that will be cut out separately and then folded outside of the theatre
2) Close up the box as if mailing an item and use the clear packaging tape to secure it.
3) Draw an access area at the back for the children to stick their puppets through. Make sure it lines up to the front opening but also make sure you leave some room a the top, bottom and the sides so that the box stays together
4) Cut the areas that are already marked off and secure the edges with clear packaging tape on the back
5) After cutting out the stage in the front, use the decorative packaging tape to frame the outside of the theatre (facing front) as well as the stage.
6) Cut holes on each side of the box at the top for the cord to be strung through
7) Cut the materials for the curtain ensuring that it is long enough to be a curtain but not too long as to obstruct the bottom of the theatre
8) String the curtain on the cord for the front and then pull the cord through the holes in the side and tape the end of the cord to the inside of the theatre out of site.
9) For added protection, secure the curtain directly to the front of the theatre by taping the cord in the middle of the theatre with your designer packing tape. This will allow the curtain to easily be pushed to the sides for the show
10) Add some construction paper to the front of the theatre at the bottom and have the kids decorate the paper with stickers, rhinestones or perhaps advertisements for their exciting puppet shows!
11) Take the socks and draw a face on them using Sharpie markers and googly eyes (or use real puppets)
12) Schedule your show and enjoy!
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