My girls love doing puppet shows. I’m not sure if this is a typical kid thing, but they just get so excited about coming up with their own story lines and performing for parents or anyone else who is a willing audience. So, for Lula’s birthday a few years back, we decided to construct a puppet theater so that she and her sisters could perform endless shows to their hearts’ desires. My husband, Reid was the main mastermind behind this project. We couldn’t find any tutorials online for what we were wanting, so we came up with this DIY puppet theater and it turned out pretty cute!
It only takes about an hour to make a DIY puppet theater. All you need is some plywood and some basic tools to make your own puppet theater. This project is simple and easy and makes a great gift idea for kids.
DIY Puppet Theater
I was so surprised at how quickly it came together. The hardest part was just figuring out how we were going to build it…the actual building process really only took an hour or so!
Materials Needed For DIY Puppet Theater
2 long thin boards, 60in.
1 piece of plywood (we found some smooth wood that we could later paint) 36X24in
2 thin boards 5.5X36 in (one for the valance and one for the ledge)
2 1in thick boards 24X6 (for making the feet)
Fabric (about 1.5 yards)
1. First, you are going to cut some triangular feet out of the board and nail them onto the bottom of the thin boards.
2. Then go ahead and nail the square plywood to the front of the sides right above the feet.
Now, it should look something like this:
3. Next, you will want to make a ledge. To do this, cut out a notch so that the board will fit nicely in between the sides. Reid used a small saw to do this part.
4. Then, apply some wood glue and get something heavy to weigh it down until it dries.
5. Next, we made a padded valance at the top to hold everything steady and look nice with the curtains. You will need some quilt batting, a staple gun and a piece of wood….and fabric.
Wrap the batting and fabric around the board and staple on the back.
5. After it is done, you will need to get some brackets to attach it to the front of the puppet theater.
Unfortunately, we don’t have pictures of this part. But we used two small brackets (found at any hardware store) per side to hang it.
We just used a small tension rod to go behind the padded valance to hang the curtain.
Oh, but before we hung the curtains, we spray painted the wood white and decided to paint the front board with chalkboard paint so that Lula and write or draw the title of her puppet shows!
And you are done!
Lula loved it! I see lots of puppet action in our future!