How to Make Paper Puppets

Storyteller Box

The pictures move in this Storyteller Box!
The pictures move in this Storyteller Box!

Tell a story frame-by-frame with this moving paper craft project.

What You'll Need:

  • Shoe box
  • Acrylic paint
  • Stickers
  • Coordinating trim
  • Several sheets 11x17-inch white paper
  • Compact disc jewel case
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Crayons

How to Make a Storyteller Box:

Step 1: Place a jewel case in the center of the box bottom and trace around it. Help kids cut out the square using a craft knife. This is the front of the storyteller box.

Step 2: Run a pencil along one edge of the jewel case on both ends of the box, 1 inch from the front of the box. Draw another line about 1/8 inch behind each of these lines. Help kids cut out these slits using a craft knife.

Step 3: Paint all surfaces of the box, and let dry. Decorate with stickers, and glue trim around the front edges.

Step 4: Cut a few sheets of white paper to the height of the jewel case. Tape the paper end-to-end, and cut the corners off the ends of the strip to make it easier to thread through the cuts at the ends of the box.

Pull the paper through slowly, using a pencil to mark the beginning and end of each frame.

Step 5: Remove the paper, and draw pictures between the pencil marks, with each panel telling part of a story. When you pull the paper through the box, the scenes will tell your story.

Have lots of pictures of family and friends? Find out how to turn them into personalized stick puppets in the next section.

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