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Puppet Theatre

Once the market has closed, why not catch a puppet show? Those stacked shelves in the back of the store easily become a puppet theatre with a few quick tweaks: A removable tension rod holds a curtain, a Velcro strip on the reverse supports a backdrop, and a chalkboard, hung from a cup hook on the middle shelf, hides the staging area.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Pair of stacked, attached nighstands

  • 2 tea towels

  • Fusible hem tape

  • Iron

  • Tension rod

  • Adhesive Velcro

  • Felt (we used 1 yard each of blue and green)

  • Frame (ours is 20 1/2-inch square)

  • Chalkboard paint and paintbrush

  • Cup hook

  • L-brackets


  1. Make curtains from 2 tea towels; make a channel for the rod, fold over edge, and secure with fusible hem tape. Slide tension rod through curtians, and adjust for width of nightstand.

  2. Stick adhesive-backed Velcro along the top edge of the back of unit. Cut a piece of blue felt to size of opening. Draw a hillside on a piece of green felt, as shown, and cut out. Attach to blue felt with fusible tape. Stick corresponding strip of Velcro along top.

  3. Remove glass from frame. Paint backing with chalkboard paint, screw a cup hook to underside of middle shelf, to hang frame.

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