How to Create a Puppet Show with a Shoebox

How to Create a Puppet Show with a Shoebox

Welcome to an exciting journey into the realm of imagination and creativity. Today, we’re going to guide you through the process of creating a captivating puppet show using just a shoebox.

This step-by-step guide ensures that everyone, irrespective of their artistic skills, can bring their stories to life in the form of a puppet show.

Here’s the tutorial video that guides you through each step in detail:


Step 1: Gather Your Materials

First things first, you need to gather some materials:

  1. A shoebox
  2. Craft paper
  3. Acrylic paint
  4. Paintbrushes
  5. Scissors/ Exacto knife
  6. Glue
  7. Tape
  8. Straws or popsicle sticks
  9. Puppets or materials to create puppets (paper, markers, fabric, yarn, googly eyes, etc.)
Materials needed for Shoebox Puppet Theater
Remember, the sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity, so feel free to add more materials that you think will make your puppet show more interesting!

Step 2: Prepare Your Puppet Stage

Your shoebox is about to become the stage for your puppet show.

Here’s how:

  1. Turn the shoebox on its side, with the opening facing you.
  2. Cut a large rectangle on the top half of the shoebox’s front side. Make sure to leave enough border to maintain the box’s stability.
  3. Decorate the inside of the box to create your stage backdrop. Use acrylic paint or craft paper to design it according to your puppet show’s theme.
  4. You can also paint the outside of the box for a real theater look. We went with a wood grain design.

Step 3: Bring Your Characters to Life

Now comes the fun part – creating your puppets. The easiest way is to draw your own characters or print some from online and color them. You can also use fabric, yarn, googly eyes, or other materials to create your characters. Ensure they’re small enough to fit inside your shoebox stage but big enough to be noticeable.

Making Puppets for a Puppet Show
Puppet Drawings

Camden has been playing a lot of the game My Singing Monsters so we decided to find and print the characters from Google images to use in his new puppet show. You can draw your own, print images or cut out paper dolls to use as your characters.

Once done, hot glue your characters and props to plastic straws. Ensure the characters are glued at the bottom of the straw facing upwards.

Step 4: Bring Your Story To Life

Now, it’s time to let your imagination soar! With the puppets ready, you can create an exciting story that brings your characters to life. Encourage your little ones to try out different voices for each puppet, creating a unique personality for them.

But why stop at creating? Put on a fun puppet show for friends or family! It could be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or a creative addition to a birthday party. It’s all about letting your kids express themselves, boosting their confidence, and most importantly, having a great time together!

Optional Step 5: Record and Share Your Puppet Show

Children absolutely enjoy being in front of the camera! If you want to add an extra layer of fun, why not film your puppet show? You can easily use a smartphone or digital camera to capture all the thrilling scenes and character expressions. It’s an optional step, but definitely one that adds to the excitement!

Now that you have your recorded puppet show, it’s time to share it with the world. Upload your video to a video sharing platform like YouTube. Once uploaded, you can share the link with friends and family, or if you have a website, you can embed the video there for your visitors to enjoy.

Creative Puppet Show Ideas with Free Printables

Let your kids come up with their own story, or use one of the following ideas and let your imagination run wild!

Aliens Land on Earth:

Create a thrilling story where aliens land on earth and interact with the puppet characters. This could lead to funny misunderstandings or unexpected friendships!

Download and Print our Alien Stick Puppets here –

Puppets Teach a Cooking Show:

Turn your puppet show into a cooking tutorial. The puppets can demonstrate how to make simple snacks or meals, adding a dash of humor and silliness to the mix.

Download and Print our Silly Veggie Stick Puppets here –

Puppets Teach a Cooking Show

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Animals Start a Company:

In this storyline, animals decide to start their own business. It could be anything from a bakery to a detective agency. The possibilities are endless!

Download and Print our Zoo Animal Stick Puppets here –

Animals Start a Company

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Visiting the Scary House Down the Block:

Craft a spooky adventure where the puppets dare to visit the haunted house in their neighborhood. This could include friendly ghosts or surprising discoveries.

Download and Print our Spooky Haunted House and Stick Puppets here –

Visiting the Scary House Down the Block

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Themed Puppet Shows:

Consider picking a theme for your puppet show. It could be based on popular characters like Mickey & Minnie, Jungle Animals, Dinosaurs, or even Unicorns and Ponies. You could also create a Lego themed puppet show or one featuring Princess Elsa & Anna.

Download and Print our Dinosaurs Stick Puppets here –

Themed Puppet Shows

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Want Some Inspo? Watch Mr. Gio and Memo Create an Alien Themed Puppet Show

Mr. Gio and Memo were so excited to make their own alien puppet show, they printed the coloring pages above, colored them and set the stage for their own alien puppet themed performance! Watch the video here and be sure to like and subscribe for more videos from Mr. Gio and his trusty sidekick Cam, er… Memo!

Have Fun Making Your Next Puppet Show

Creating a puppet show from a shoebox is a fun and engaging activity that not only allows you to express your creativity but also helps you learn basic storytelling and craft skills. The possibilities are endless, and the joy of seeing your story come to life is priceless. So, grab a shoebox and start creating your puppet show today!

Thank you for joining us on this creative journey. We hope you found this guide helpful and can’t wait to see the incredible puppet shows you create!