Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Recycled Box Puppets

Again, we've been looking at old posts and noticed my collection: 18 Creative Ideas for Making Puppets.  C wanted to make #2 the Box Puppets so that is what we made. There are so many great ideas on this list so please check it out if you need a puppet idea!
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Materials Needed:
Small Box (we used a granola bar or fruit snack box)
colored paper
craft supplies to design (eyes,pipe cleaners....)

First, tape or glue the box shut on the opening. Draw with a marker along the middle of the closed box and lead over to each side and not the bottom. This will be a guideline of where to cut.

Now, carefully cut along the line that you just drew. Open it up and bend the the part that is not cut. Your fingers and thumb will go in the openings created on each side to make the box talk.

Then cover the box with colored construction paper or with any paper you have on hand. We used the box to trace around on construction paper to create the same size paper to glue on the box.

After you have the paper glued on the box, you are ready to add eyes, antenna, hair, or whatever you choose.
Happy puppet making!


  1. Very creative. I will have to try this soon with my boys. They just saw their first puppet show recently. My oldest grabs puppets from around the house and says "one min till the puppet show. So I am sure he would love to make his own puppet.

    1. Hi Kaci. aren't puppets so much fun? Not only are they fun to make and then you can play with them too. Instant hit with most kids!

  2. These look great Melissa :) I have a nice stash of recycled boxes in our learning area just waiting for a project like this!

    1. Thanks...have fun and post your finished ones for me to see please!

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  4. Oh these look great! We will be making them very soon at our house! And the extensions are endless ... Thanks for the great tutorial!

  5. I've seen paper bag puppets and sock puppets, but this is the first box puppet I've seen. Very creative!
    We have a supply of simple, inexpensive puppet show scripts that also work as skits for kids. I love what you do for kids.

    The Creativity Institute


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