Jun 27, 2012

DIY: Shadow Puppet Theatre!

Hi everyone! Here's an easy way you can turn a cardboard box and some freezer paper into a shadow puppet theatre! 

What you need:

For the Theatre
- a cardboard box
- freezer or parchment paper
- scissors
-an exacto knife
- packing tape
- a sharpie marker (optional)
-scrap fabric (optional)
- a stapler (optional)
- hot glue and hot glue gun (optional)

For the Puppets
-thin cereal box cardboard
- scissors
- long wooden dowels
Step 1
Open your box out flat and cut an opening in the center of the box. 
Step 2
Remove the top flaps and the side of the box opposite to your opening
Step 3
Fold the box back together and replace the flap on the bottom (from where you removed the back) to make it stand flat. 
Step 4
Once the box is standing, cut out a piece of freezer paper a little larger than the opening and tape or glue it to the inside of the box opening.
Step 5
You can make a decorative top for your theatre at this point and (also optionally) create some fun theatre curtains by cutting two strips of scrap fabric and stapling them to the backside of your decorative finish. Once stapled, glue the decorative top to the top of the theatre "screen" 
 To make the theatre figures, cut out silhouettes from thin cardboard and glue onto wooden dowels. The children will really enjoy this part too! 

Then, let the show begin! 

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Unknown said...

How fun! I have some files on my desktop for shadow puppets... this would be awesome for them!

Caroline said...

Jenny--files as in, printable templates? That sounds awesome! We were just winging it (as always) and I was trying to get the kids involved in drawing their own puppets too. In the end, I was amazed how well the theatre worked simply backed against sunlight! We didn't even have to use a light behind it! :)

Sandra said...

Great idea! I am always looking for ideas that they can help with, that don't take too long to construct, and that are fun afterwards. Perfect!

leigh hewett said...

Okay...I am totally doing this with my kids next week. Looks like hours of entertainment! I'll be sure to link back to you when I show my kids having an amazing time playing with it over at Leigh vs Laundry!

Jen said...

i have a box that i have been hanging on to to make a mock aquarium but i think we are going to do this!!! thanks again! xx

Susan Anderson said...

Super cool idea. I was always fascinated by shadows as a kid, and it gives a lot of room for creativity.


Lisa said...

Caroline, reading your posts just makes me want to come over and hang out with you and your family, while doing craft projects! You always have such great ideas - you're kids are so lucky!

Unknown said...

This is great! Jude is currently obsessed with shadows, I can't wait to try this!

Unknown said...

This is great! Jude is currently obsessed with shadows, I can't wait to try this!