Make an amazing DIY puppet theater for your little boy or girl! I created a wild west theme, but you could change up the curtains and decorations to make any themed puppet theater you desire. This small portable puppet theater will not take up a ton of room in your home, but will surely put smiles on your kids faces.
- Unfinished Wood People Cutouts
- 10 inch Rectangular Paper Mache Box
- 1/4 inch Wood Dowel Rods
- Rusted Tin Stars
- Rusted Metal Star Garland
- Wood Horse Cutout
- Alphabet Stickers
- Foamies Foam Sheets
- Jumbo Craft Sticks
- Yarn (I used Lion Brand Yarn in Barley and Black)
- Craft Paint (I used DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic in White and Burnt Umber)
- Fine Tip Sharpie Markers
- Red Bandanna (2 needed)
- Movable Eyes
- Tacky Glue & Hot Glue
Now for those puppets. I mixed the white with a little burnt umber for the flesh color of my people puppets. I then added more burnt umber for a light tan on the horses. I painted both sides of my puppets just to make everything look nice. Allow them to dry completely before continuing.
For the horses, glue on yarn for the tail and manes with hot glue. You can make the mane long and then trim once it is attached. Add a movable eye using either hot glue or tacky glue. Then use a Sharpie to add a mouth, legs, and hooves.
Use the foam sheets to create clothes, shoes, and cowboy hats. Attach to the people using the tacky glue, as hot glue will melt your foam. You can use your wood to trace the shape onto the foam and then just cut out the clothes with scissors. Attach movable eyes to your people as well. The girls also get some yarn hair which can be added with hot glue. With the Sharpies, draw on dividers for shoes, buttons, and any embellishments on the girls’ dresses. These puppets are really easy to make and fun for the kids to let their imaginations run wild.