One of my favorite things to do whenever I can is make crafts with Bella. She loves this show called Mr. Maker and is constantly thinking of ways to make things out of ordinary objects we can find around the house (check out some of our previous crafts here and here). I think it’s a great way to nurture her imagination as well as find unique alternative uses for ordinary household items. So when she asked if we could make a puppet playhouse out of a box I had brought home from the grocery, I said of course!
It’s a pretty straightforward and fun craft. I told her we could cut out a window in the box for the puppets to “perform”. The only thing we had to look for was a fun way to decorate the box and make puppets to perform in our playhouse.
The first thing we did was tape the sides and back of the box with secure clear packing tape leaving the flaps open in the back. Then we decided on what we were going to use as puppets so that we’d know how big to make the window. We settled on some extra old flat wooden kitchen spoons. Using our puppets as a guide, we measured the window and I cut it out.
In order to fully cover the box (since it was brown with print), we decided to use a nice thick graphic paper. Any colored paper will work or if you are feeling extra creative you can paint or color the box as well.
After measuring the box, we cut the paper and carefully glued it onto the outside of the box.
While the glue on the box was drying, we got to work painting our puppets. Acrylic is a good choice so that it won’t run in case it gets wet (like poster paints and watercolors often do). We painted each puppet a different color and when the paint was dry, we added some details with markers.
After that, we added some more fun accents like the crown, moustache, and hat.
And that was it! Playhouse and puppets finished. Bella sold us tickets to her very first puppet show!
It was really fun and super simple. And the best part is she has been enjoying the box puppet playhouse so much. She’s even had some of her dolls perform there too instead of her puppets. Try it out at home! You and your kids are sure to have a lot of fun imaging your own special puppet theatre and company of puppet players.