Craft Stick Puppet Theater

Craft Stick Puppet Theater

Puppets and puppet shows are a favorite among children. They love to play make believe and create little pretend worlds full of fascinating characters. So why not create a little puppet theater out of a cardboard box, decorate it and make some simple craft stick puppets to star in the show! That’s exactly what I did for my Scribble Shop craft challenge!

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterScribble Shop is an online craft supply store with a huge selection of items available, over 75,000! They challenged me along with several other crafty bloggers to take a box filled with miscellaneous craft supplies and create something out of it. The challenge was to use as many of the supplies as we could. Well my friends, I not only used ALL of the supplies that they sent to me, but I also used the box that they came in!

In case you missed it, here’s the video I posted on YouTube opening my box of supplies. I’ll be honest, when I first opened it I couldn’t think of a thing to make! So many different supplies, things I hadn’t thought to put together before. Luckily they sent me the stash a couple weeks early so I could put my thinking cap on. :)

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterAfter opening the box I put the supplies back in. It wasn’t long after that one of the cats found that she really liked the supplies too.

Here are the supplies that I used for this challenge.

From my Scribble Shop box of supplies:

Metallic Stamp Pad
Dress It Up Embellishments
Mod Podge
Glass Gems
paisley Shapes
Popsicle Sticks
Colored Pencils

From my own stash:

Paint: green, peach, gold
Gold paint pen
Small pouncer
Oval wooden beads
Wooden dowel
Fabric scraps
Pony beads
Small crystal beads
Googly eyes
Recycled cardboard (cereal box, back of note pad, etc)

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterThen one day it hit me. It started with the craft sticks. Puppets were a given. Then suddenly the idea of the puppet theater made from the box popped into my head and it was like the flood gates opened. All the ideas using the different supplies just gushed in, so I sketched out an idea and got to work!

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Craft Stick Puppet TheaterFirst I cut the flaps off of the open end of the box. Then I trimmed out the stage opening. From that piece I cut a half circle that would fit nicely on top. I used my box cutter to cut a slit for the half circle and made sure it fit.

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterThen I painted the box with a bright green. Any color would have worked, but I knew I had a few colorful things to work with and I wanted it to be kid friendly for both genders. Green is a nice neutral color. I also chose to you Patio Paint because I really love the coverage that I get with it. You can use your favorite acrylic craft paint in any color you choose. Next I used one of the stencils and some gold paint to add a design to the half circle. I traced the stenciled design with a gold paint pen.

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterEvery theater needs curtains, so I pulled out an old t-shirt I had already cut into for a previous project. I cut two 4″ wide strips and stenciled them using the pigment ink pad and a pouncer. Then after painting a wooden dowel with gold paint, I hot glued the top of the curtains around the dowel.

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterI had some wooden beads in my stash so I painted those gold and stuck them on the ends of the dowel. Then I hot glued the “curtain rod” to the front of the box. For tie backs, I glued a flat marble to the box, tied the curtain with raffia, and glued that to the marble.

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterFor the puppets, I painted three craft sticks with a peach colored paint. I had some scrap fabric in my stash and cut out some little clothes. I attached the clothes to the craft sticks with Mod Podge. I accessorized their clothes with beads and buttons and used the self stick felt paisleys for the hair. Googly eyes were added last, and I used colored pencils to add rosey cheeks with pink and lips with red. Lastly, I added a second craft stick to the bottom of each puppet to basically give them a handle so little hands and fingers wouldn’t show on stage.

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Craft Stick Puppet TheaterEvery stage needs a back drop. While I only made one, your kids could make several scenes. Mine is kind of a spring meadow type look but night time would be fun, or maybe a farm scene or even sky scrapers in the big city! Sky’s the limit. Have your kids draw a scene with colored pencils onto white paper. Use a glue stick to attach the paper scenes to a piece of recycled cardboard, then add craft sticks to the back for handles. You will need a “stage hand” to hold up the scene while the puppeteer carries on the show. The final touch was to add those little colorful “Dress It Up Embellishments” to the top between the two curtains. I think they look like colorful stage lights! :)

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterSo there you have it, your very own puppet show theater! Even Nala likes it! Peek a boo!

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterThanks go out to Scribble Shop for sponsoring this fun challenge. You can get all of the items I used by clicking on the links in my supply list. Don’t forget to visit the Scribble blog for inspiration. You should also follow Scribble Shop on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.

Craft Stick Puppet TheaterI was provided product and a stipend to cover my time and expenses when making this project. Please know that the opinions expressed in this post are honest and 100% mine.


  1. says

    This is so GREAT! I’m participating in the challenge too – my reveal will be Thursday. I love the puppets. Love your hair choice! :) I like those paisley stickers a lot, but didn’t end up using them in my creation.

  2. says

    This is so adorable! I love all of the details you put into your theater and the puppets. I love that you used the paisley shapes for the hair…especially the green one she is sooo Marge :) your furry little assistant is too cute!


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