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Shadow Puppets

This craft is easy and fun plus it's a great way to entertain young children!




  • Polar bear
  • Muskox puppet templates
  • Black construction paper or card stock
  • Self-adhesive laminating sheets
  • Brightly colored ballpoint pen
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Screw punch
  • Adhesive Velcro tape
  • Small scrapbooking brads
  • Tape
  • Alligator clips with crimp connectors
  • Bamboo skewers


  1. Step 1

    Print polar bear or muskox puppet template.

  2. Step 2

    Laminate a sheet of black paper on both sides, using self-adhesive laminating sheets. Tape template to one side of laminated paper.

  3. Step 3

    Trace the template shapes with a bright-colored ballpoint pen, pressing hard to indent the laminated paper. Mark the holes for the joints as shown on the template.

  4. Step 4

    Remove the template from the laminated paper. Cut out the shapes you have traced, and pierce or punch holes for the joints.

  5. Step 5

    Assemble the joints with brads. For puppets with multiple joints, the puppet will move more freely if the body section is layered between the outer pieces.

  6. Step 6

    Place a small piece of the adhesive Velcro loop (fuzzy) tape on the head and on the rear legs of the puppet, on both sides.

  7. Step 7

    To make the puppet sticks, crimp alligator clips onto the sharp ends of the bamboo skewers with pliers. Cut a 1 1/2-inch length of adhesive Velcro hook tape, pinch the ends together with the adhesive sides facing, and then flatten the middle to make a "T"-shaped Velcro piece.

  8. Step 8

    Repeat to make two. Clip the puppet sticks onto the "T"-shaped Velcro pieces.

  9. Step 9

    Set up a shadow puppet screen (a shower curtain works well) and play!

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2009



Reviews (1)

  • MomTo2GreatBoys 10 Jan, 2009

    I bought my kids some of these shadow puppets form Orange Moon Toys for Christmas. My boys LOVE them - they spend hours playing with them and making up stories. They also sell kits to make your own that I'm getting them for their birthday.