Friday, January 10, 2014

Crafts Fathers Can Make: A Cardboard Puppet Theater

I Love My Crafty Husband

I have a confession to make. My husband is a super hero in my eyes. Not only he does grocery shopping, folds laundry and cooks – he is also a chief crafter in our house. He can do anything – from crocheting to working with wood. I love that our daughter can observe him and join him in some of his projects. I think that working on projects with fathers is extremely important for both girls and boys as they learn to craft differently. My husband is not the one who values “process art”. He spends a lot of time thinking and planning his end state – an art lost on very young children, but a valuable experience for kids in elementary school and older. Today I want to share one of his first joint projects with our daughter.

How To Make a Cardboard Puppet Theater

A Table Top Puppet Theater From a Medium Size Cardboard BoxMaterials:

  • 1. A decent size cardboard box (I think ours was from a small vacuum cleaner)
  • 2. An exacto knife
  • 3. Paint


Painting and Decorating a Table Top Puppet TheaterProcess:

1. Flatten the box and cut into a desired shape. My husband kept the back, so an interchangeable scene could be taped to the back of the theater.

2. Paint (this is where children can help)

3. {Optional}: Add a sturdy strip of cardboard behind the front opening to keep craft stick puppets in the scene without holding them.

How Can Children Help?

Making a Table Top Puppet Theater: Painting

Our daughter was not even 3 yet when this theater was made, but she loved hanging out with Papa, watching him do every step and helping him paint. My husband managed to incorporate her squiggles fairly well into an overall design. Older children, of course, can do more and will especially enjoy creating puppets and making up their own plays for their theater.

Father Crafts Bring Hours (and Years!) of Fun

Playing With a Table Top Puppet TheaterOne thing that I love about my husband’s crafts is that he creates crafts to last. Our cardboard table top theater is 4 years old, but it is still in use, especially when friends come over. It is lightweight and easily portable. My husband was also an amateur puppeteer in his youth, and now he has an ambitious plan to create a real wooden stage theater with proper lighting and backdrops. I am looking forward to it!

More Resources About Homemade Puppet Theaters

Recycle and Create


This post is part of Project: Recycle and Create brought to you by a team of kid bloggers:

P is for Preschooler, Powerful Mothering, Afterschool for Smarty Pants, Still Playing School, Lemon Lime Adventures, Creative World of Varya, Mama Miss, There's Just One Mommy, Little Bins for Little Hands, Peakle Pie, Sugar Aunts, Teach Me Mommy, and Danya Banya

We're celebrating imagination and creativity! This month is cardboard boxes. Add your link of things made with cardboard boxes - by, for or with children. Look around, be inspired and have fun! - Also check out our Pinterst board. *By linking up, you agree to have your images featured / shared with credit.


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm always amazed at how well recycled projects hold up over years of play.

Christy Killoran said...

I should make a puppet theater for my kids!

Dayna Abraham said...

wow! You still have it! my husband allows things to stay for a short time, then on to the next one.

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

How fun! I'm impressed at how long it's lasted too!

Ticia said...

We made one out of a presentation board once and it held up for a few years, but I think we finally threw it away. The kids loved it. I should try making a new one next time I see them on sale at Hobby Lobby.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Your husband is incredibly talented! Love this theme for a linky, too!

Stephanie Kay said...

What a fun project! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

Carrie said...

Oh, I need to make one of those. My daughter has been after me for awhile for one. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!