project 11 | tabletop puppet theater

Puppets have become a source of fascination with all of our recent library trips (weekly puppet shows) so a project of this sort has been rolling around in my head for awhile. There a wealth of ideas on how to make your own puppet theater but I really wanted to recycle something we already had on hand. Ours is still a work-in-progress but I thought I’d show you the beginnings. The box we had on hand was 10 x 8 x 2…and perfect. I removed the tape to loosen all of the flaps and opened up the box completely.

With the box laying on one of its 10″ sides, I folded the two long flaps inward until they touched (forming a triangle) and used the hot glue gun to secure them to one another.

Next, I repeated the previous step with the two opposite long flaps, only this time, I folded them outward, and glued them to one another, forming another triangle on top.

The remaining four short flaps, I left alone because they provided a stable base.


Then we painted it together with non-toxic acrylic. Yes, it was a bit messy but oh so much fun, and it was off to the scrap basket in search of the perfect material for curtains. I just quickly hemmed the bottom of each panel on the sewing machine, used the hot glue gun to fasten each one securely at the top, and tied them back with a few inches of red yarn.


I have a feeling there will be a lot of puppet-making and storytelling in the coming days…perfect for cold dreary days that drive us indoors.

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7 responses to “project 11 | tabletop puppet theater

  1. Thank you for showing us how you made it, it looks so easy. Have you seen Emily Martin’s from the Black Apple, new book? The paper dolls would look so great on sticks as puppets.

  2. The puppet theater is awesome! What a great brain you have! 😉
    Oh and we have the exact same Peter Rabbit book. Thanks for sharing such a great project!
    Peace, Angela

  3. Oh this is so darling and I just love the love colors!

  4. Ingenious. You two will have so many good memories with this.

  5. oh we absolutely must do this! all the more reason tog et a glue gun!
    Thank you for sharing!

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