DIY: Make a puppet theater from a cardboard box

[ 7 ] February 19, 2009 |

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I used a refrigerator box from Atomic Appliance in Providence to make our puppet theater.

cardboard box
straight edge / ruler
pencil / markers
utility knife
Make curtains. Hang from dowel or wire or velcro onto box
Make show sign. Attach a small chalkboard to front of theater or make your own sign from masonite and chalkboard paint.

How to:
Cut an opening in the box to make the stage. Keep it simple or decorate theater with paint and curtains. A table top version can easily be made from a smaller cardboard box.

– Make your own puppets from socks or felt.
– Buy crafty pre-made puppets online from  Mahar Dry Goods or Dwell Baby.
– Find plush, realistic puppets (like Folkmani) online or locally at Creatoyvity on Hope Street.


Category: activities: indoor, crafts, free / cheap, play, toys

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. elyse says:

    this puppet theater is AMAZING!!! how fun.

    i once hung a tension rod and cafe curtains very low in the doorway of the boys’ room as a make-shift puppet theater (that worked when they were 1 and 3).

    very cool & inspiring!!!

  2. Hannah says:

    Does the store give them away?

  3. katy says:

    I love the bent-wire Anisa curtain dowel! You guys are amazing.

    And I love Atomic appliance.

  4. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    Boxes are free, just call first to see if they have any the day you plan to go.

  5. Laura says:

    How do you attach the curtains with the dowel or wire? I assume you cut a hole in the sides, how do you get it to stay and not pull down through the cardboard over time.

    Also how would you attach the chalkboard?

    So incredibly cute!! – Laura

  6. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    I attached the curtains with wire but a curtain rod would work. I poked a hole in the cardboard and then used a wire (or zip tie) to attach from back. I attached the cardboard with heavy mounting tape.

    Hope this helps!

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