Make Your Own Puppet Theater!

DIY PUPPET CRAFTS

Want to put on a puppet show, but missing a stage to do it with? We've got you covered! This week's DIY Puppet Craft is inspired by "Cardboard Explosion!" by Resident Artist, Brad Shur. 

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What You'll Need:

Cardboard box ( + extra cardboard if desired)

Sharpie & pencil

Crepe/tissue paper

Scissors

Double sided tape / glue

Exacto knife / box cutter

Instructions:

 1. Outline a long rectangle along the top of the box. Cut this out with the box cutter. This is where you will be able to lower in puppets that are manipulated from above, like marionettes.

1. Outline a long rectangle along the top of the box. Cut this out with the box cutter. This is where you will be able to lower in puppets that are manipulated from above, like marionettes.

 2. Do the same thing on either side, so that you can insert puppets from the side as well. These will serve as the "wings" of the stage.

2. Do the same thing on either side, so that you can insert puppets from the side as well. These will serve as the "wings" of the stage.

 3. Next, make a large rectangular cut-out at the front of the box. This will make the stage itself visible so you can see the puppets!

3. Next, make a large rectangular cut-out at the front of the box. This will make the stage itself visible so you can see the puppets!

 4. Cut out and design a headboard using the leftover cardboard from the front of the stage to make your theatre look authentic!

4. Cut out and design a headboard using the leftover cardboard from the front of the stage to make your theatre look authentic!

 5. Finally, cut out columns to place on either side for a fancier feel. You can also cut up some crepe paper and tape it to the inside of the back of the stage for curtains! We did two layers.

5. Finally, cut out columns to place on either side for a fancier feel. You can also cut up some crepe paper and tape it to the inside of the back of the stage for curtains! We did two layers.

 Your completed theatre should look like this. Now you can put on puppet shows of your own! If you recreate this DIY, be sure to share a picture with us on Instagram with the tag #PuppetShowplaceDIY. Happy puppeting!

Your completed theatre should look like this. Now you can put on puppet shows of your own! If you recreate this DIY, be sure to share a picture with us on Instagram with the tag #PuppetShowplaceDIY. Happy puppeting!