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Cheap and Easy DIY: Puppet Theater

Posted on January 09, 2013 by Shawna Chandler | 1 comment


I have A LOT of cardboard in my apartment right now.  It will be bound and recycled eventually but why not play with it first?
Santa gifted us with a few puppets this year so I was inspired to make a puppet theater.  This one sits on the back of an arm chair and folds flat when not in use. 

Materials: 

Cardboard box roughly the width of your chair.  There's wiggle room here so as long as the width of the longest side + the short side is greater than the width of the back of your chair you should be okay.  My box was 18" w x 10" d x 13" h and my chair's back is 26" wide.

Scissors or a box cutter

Marker or paint to decorate

Step 1:
Cut off one of the long sides of your box.  Open it up and lay it flat.  Now sketch the stage onto your cardboard.  I didn't take a photo of the theater before cutting it out so I tried to recreate it here as best as I could.  Note - doing it again I would leave a bit more material where my sides touch the top of the tent or reenforce that area with tape.  I cut the arches that slide onto the chair in the center of my side pieces but you can adjust to suit your box and chair sizes.

 

Step 2:
Cut it out.  Careful! 

Step 3:
Decorate.  I just used a black sharpie to draw in a basic circus tent design.  I began to add color but my little one was so interested in decorating it herself that I stopped and let her finish after taking these photos.  Now we have a technicolor theater that she adores even more!  Unfortunately, I snapped these photos before she let loose.

Step 4:
Slide the theater onto the back of your chair and enjoy the show!






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Comments

  • Tanya

    What a cute and fun idea Shawna! Henry got some finger puppets for Christmas and this would be just right for them. Thanks!

 

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