How to Make a Puppet Booth Out of Cardboard

by Lane Cummings
Puppets deserve a proper puppet booth.

Puppets deserve a proper puppet booth.

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You can always put on a puppet show using the back of the couch as a stage of sorts and a way to block the puppeteers from the eyes of the audience. Such an option, however, lacks the finesse of a more professional puppet show, which has an actual decorated booth for the puppeteers to crouch behind, not to mention a place where you can store your puppets when they're not in use. Luckily, you don't need to be a professional carpenter to make such an item; you can craft one out of cardboard.

Items you will need

  • Refrigerator box
  • Box cutter
  • Chalk
  • Yardstick
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes, 1 to 3 inches wide
  • 2 self-adhesive hooks
  • String
  • Curtains
Step 1

Stand a refrigerator box upright in front of you. Cut the top of the box off with a box-cutter. Flip the box over and cut the bottom off.

Step 2

Flip the box over again and make a vertical cut from the top of the box to the bottom along one of the side corners. This allows puppeteers to enter the puppet booth freely.

Step 3

Crouch in front of the box and mark how big you want the length and width of the window for the stage and where you want to place it. Draw out this rectangle with a yardstick and chalk. Cut along your lines with the box cutter and remove the cardboard.

Step 4

Paint the puppet booth the colors of your choice, creating any designs, symbols or images on the front of your puppet booth that you like with acrylic paint and paintbrushes of various sizes from 1 to 3 inches wide. Allow the paint to dry for at least four hours.

Step 5

Place an adhesive hook on the inner side of the puppet booth just above the top right and left corners of the window. Attach one end of a piece of string to one hook, insert lightweight curtains through the string. Attach the string to the other hook and knot it so it stays taut.


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