How to Make a Puppet Theater

How to Make a Puppet Theater

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Get ready for show time with some screen-free entertainment!

With a little imagination and some construction paper, you can make a story come to life with your very own puppet show! What will your characters look like? What will you name them? The possibilities are endless.

Remember, some time away from the screen is critical for physical and social development. Give the kids an opportunity to learn by interacting with and exploring this DIY environment. Creative living expert Lynn Lilly walks us through each step of the way.

Check out the instructions below to get started!


  • Liquid Glue
  • Scissors
  • Foam Self-Adhesive Letters
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Box Cutter
  • Paper Bags
  • Markers
  • Construction Paper
  • Cardboard Box
  • Googly Eyes

Download these templates to create your puppets and their clothes:

Note: Measurements throughout can be adjusted at your discretion to the child’s size.

Time to Craft: 45 minutes

DIY cardboard puppet theater materials

Step 1: Cut cardboard so you have three sides of a 25”x54” box. In the center panel of the box, draw a 12”x15” rectangle with a pencil and cut it out. Ask an adult to do this step.

measure with ruler, mark with pencil and cut cardboard box into three sections

Step 2: Carefully cut the rectangle out of the cardboard with a box cutter. Set aside. This is an adult job.

cut cardboard with box cutter

Step 3: Download the templates for the theater decorations. Trace and cut them on red and yellow construction paper.

pieces of yellow and red construction paper on top of cardboard

Step 4: Cut out 14”x5” rectangles from blue construction paper.

folded blue construction paper on top of cardboard with scissor and pencil

Step 5: Fold accordion pleats in the blue construction paper to make curtains.

How to Make a Puppet Theater

Step 6: Glue the red and yellow shapes to the top of the cardboard cut out for decoration.

theater out of blue, yellow and red construction paper and cardboard box

Step 7: With a blue marker, draw squiggles onto the blue accordion construction paper curtains.

theater out of blue, yellow and red construction paper and cardboard box

Step 8: Stick and place the foam self-adhesive letters onto the cardboard under the curtains. You can spell whatever you like, but we spelt “show time!” Set aside.

foam letters spelling showtime on cardboard box puppet theater

Step 9: Download, trace and cut out shapes in the other construction paper to make puppet pals. You can get creative and make your own style puppets. We chose to make a boy and a girl puppet.

make puppets out of paper bag and colored construction paper

Step 10: Glue the pieces of your puppet to the paper bag. Make sure the closed end of the bag is facing up and the flap is facing out. The flap will be the mouth of the puppet.

make puppets out of paper bag and colored construction paper - add details with pen

Step 11: Draw and decorate your puppets however you like. Add googly eyes. What will you name your puppets?

front of cardboard puppet theater and paper bag puppets

Step 12: Set up the theater box and get your puppets ready. Time to play your first puppet show! What show will you put on?

How to Make a Puppet Theater


We hope you had a blast making your very own puppet show! Visit us again soon for more ideas on how to have fun at home with the family during your eLearning recess break. If you’re curious about visiting Great Wolf Lodge, be sure to read our Paw Pledge. We’re committed to keeping your family safe while you play!


Created by / @craftboxgirls

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