Monday, November 12, 2012

Puppet Show from a Cardboard Box

I'm back!! You probably thought I was done blogging and had abandoned all my readers. Not quite. I am sorry that I have been MIA for awhile. Between Halloween, and family visiting, and adjusting to a life with 3 kids I have just not been doing much crafting or blogging lately. But now things are calming down, we are getting back into a routine, and I am learning how to fit time in for "me", I can get back to the blog and sharing all my ideas.

Lately my kids have been obsessed with puppets. They begged me to make them a puppet show where they could play with their puppets. My original thought was to buy a nice wooden one for them for Christmas but then I realized I have a perfectly good cardboard box sitting in my garage that my double stroller came in.

So, I got to work. I cut out a square hole in the front and cut a door in the back with the hinge side on the crease of the box so it will swing freely. Then I spray painted it red (their color request). I used some spare fabric and made two panels. I gathered the panels at the top and stapled them to the box.
 The panels do not cover the entire hole but I wanted to make sure when they were pulled back there was plenty of space for the puppets to play since the panels don't slide like other puppet show boxes I have seen. Then I used a screw driver to make small holes on each side of the window, strung some yarn through the holes, and stapled the yarn in place on the back so it wouldn't get pulled out. These form the ties for the panels when the puppet show is taking place.

 
 
  
 It was a quick project but the kids think it is great and I love that I spent a total of $0 to make a perfectly good puppet show box. Now I can enjoy the kids imaginative stories every day.


3 comments:

Brittany Roscheck said...

Great idea! I love free projects!

Katie Drane said...

What a clever idea. And cheap too! I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog:)

Katie
www.funhomethings.com

edward erick said...

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