Do you love making up stories and putting on a performance? How about making a miniature puppet show? We’ve created a paper bag puppet theatre, in which you can make and direct as many different shows as you like. We also like to recycle things and have used an old gift bag to make this craft. So if you have one too, this craft should be cheap to make and you can help reduce waste and have fun at the same time!


here's what you'll need...

  • Gift bag
  • Coloured card and paper
  • Cardboard
  • Pens
  • Kebab skewers
  • Hole punch
  • Photograph corner holders


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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Carefully cut a fairly large rectangle in the front of the bag, this will be your theatre stage. Cut two pieces of cardboard to fit exactly in each side of the bag, this will help it to stand firm.


  • 2

    Before you secure the cardboard pieces in place, cut a long thin rectangle in the middle of each. Then use them as templates to create the same long rectangle holes in the bag. These will be the theatre wings. You can now stick the cardboard in place with the double sided tape.


  • 3

    Place a piece of coloured card to fit the inside of the back of the bag, and cut a frame to go around the stage. This will make your bag look more like a theatre than a bag! Using a hole punch, make a hole on each side, near the top and back, to hang scenery backdrops on a skewer behind your characters.


  • 4

    Now it’s time to create a show. Draw, colour or collage scenery backdrops on a sheet of card. Roll the top around a pencil, then remove the pencil and stick the roll top down. This will be used to thread a skewer through, so you can hang it.


  • 5

    Colour and cut out some characters from card. Ask an adult to cut the sharp ends off the skewers, then stick the images on using tape. These are then ready to be brought onto stage via the theatre wings.5

  • 6

    Secure a piece of card in place, with the photograph corners, so that it covers the stage from the inside. You can write the name of your theatre or draw something on here, and it will keep your characters from falling out when your theatre is closed.


  • 7

    Felix chose to create a circus for his first performance. We added a couple more holes and another skewer for a tightrope and made lots of characters including a clown, a ringmaster and we even turned a small photo of Felix into a strongman! You could even tape a skewer onto your small toys and include them in your show. What will you make for your first performance?


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By Claire Dearing on 22.06.20

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One response to “Paper Bag Puppet Theatre”

  1. maria says:

    they look nice and simple ,I will be trying them

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