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Shadow Puppets | Kids' Puppets Crafts

Shadow Puppets

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Your kids can cast a shadowy show of their own with just a few of these simplified paper puppets.


  • Poster board
  • Tape
  • Drinking straws
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Paper fasteners


Shadow Puppets - Step 1

1. Cut out a character from poster board (you can work from a tracing).

Shadow Puppets - Step 2

2. Tape a drinking straw handle to the back.

Shadow Puppets - Step 3

3. For one with movable parts, you'll need to cut out the parts individually.

Shadow Puppets - Step 4

4. Use the paper hole punch to make one hole in the movable part and another in the body where the part will be attached.

Shadow Puppets - Step 5

5. Use a paper fastener to join together the pieces.

Shadow Puppets - Step 6

6. Tape an extra straw handle to the back of the movable part.