How to Make Paper Puppets

Big Mouth Puppets

The Big Mouth Puppet
The Big Mouth Puppet

Put on a puppet show with this crazy box puppet paper craft. This crazy puppet will give you an earful!

What You'll Need:

  • 2 empty instant pudding boxes
  • White acrylic paint
  • Construction paper or card stock: red, blue, black
  • 2 wiggle eyes, 18mm
  • Tissue paper: yellow, orange (20x8 inches each)
  • Craft glue
  • Craft knife
  • Paper clip
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Black felt-tip marker
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Stapler and staples

How to Make Big Mouth Puppets: Step 1: Glue the end flaps down on the boxes. Help kids use a craft knife to cut one box in half across the front and 2 sides only.

Fold the 2 halves of the box back, one against the other. This becomes the mouth. Use a paper clip to temporarily hold the mouth closed from the back.

Step 2: Help kids cut the second box in half completely with a craft knife. Discard one half.

Step 3: Remove the paper clip from step 1, and paint the boxes with several coats of white paint, letting each coat dry before applying the next. (It's not necessary to paint the insides of the boxes.) Let dry completely.

Step 4: Glue the half-box, open end up, to the top half of the folded mouth box.

Step 5: Draw lips on red paper. Outline both pieces with black marker; cut out. Glue the lower lip to the bottom section of the mouth box and the upper lip to the top section of the mouth box.

Step 6: On blue paper, trace around the eye pattern twice; cut both eyes out. Turn one eye to face the other direction, and then outline both with black marker. Glue a wiggle eye to the center of each eye.

Step 7: Cut two 1x1-1/2-inch strips of black paper; use scissors to fringe them for eyelashes. Glue an eyelash to the back of each eye, and glue the eyes on the top box.

Step 8: To make hair, place yellow tissue paper on top of orange tissue paper, and staple together in 5 or 6 places along one of the long sides. Fold 1/2 inch of this edge over; glue. Fold the tissue in half widthwise, then fold it in half again.

Fringe the tissue all the way to the stapled edge. Glue this edge to the inside of the open end of the top box.

When you're ready to play with the puppet, put your fingers inside the backs of the boxes to operate the puppet's mouth.

In the next section, your kids will learn how to draw and display their own storyteller box, a moving picture show.

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