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Shadow Puppets

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

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2009


  • 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. Print polar bear or muskox puppet template.

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

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

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

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

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