DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Bag Frankenstein Puppet
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is a fun and easy cut and paste paper craft that uses a paper bag as a base to make a puppet.
You can make a green Frankenstein with a brown body or use different colors if you feel like getting creative.
- a paper lunch bag (white or brown will work),
- green paint or green paper (or color of your choice if you're making a different colored puppet)
- a printer,
- some crayons,
Print the Template:
- Print out the template of choice (color or b&w)
- Colour (as required) and cut out the template pieces.
Get Familiar with your Paper Bag:
- I'm going to walk through this slowly.
Look at your paper bag.
- It should be closed and flat like a piece
of paper. Just like when they are brand new.
- On one side, it's all smooth. This will
BACK of your puppet
- It's important that all the kids get
the back and front straight at the beginning!
- On the other side there's a flippy tab
(which is typically the bottom of the bag when you're carrying your
- This flippy tab will be the
- Lift the flippy tab up a bit. Underneath
of the tab will be the mouth,
- When the child puts her hand in the
bag, she'll be able to make the puppet talk.
- Look at the rest of the front of the bag.
(The 3/4 or so of the bag below the part with the flippy tab) This
will be the
- Look at the sides of the bag. There
should be a
- We'll be slipping the arms (template
2) into this flap.
- If the kids goof and glue the arms
onto the front or back of the bag, it isn't a big deal.
- OK, now that we're comfy with our bags,
ASSEMBLING YOUR PUPPET
- Green Face: Cover the HEAD with
green paper (just glue it on and trim) or paint green and let dry.
- Glue the mouth underneath the flippy tab so you can see a tiny
part of it sticking out when the flap is closed.
- Glue the lip onto the HEAD so it
meets up with the part of the mouth that is sticking out when the
flap is closed (so it looks like the upper and bottom lip match up
to make a mouth)
- Glue the ears behind the HEAD.
- Glue the hair at the top of the HEAD.
- Glue the eyes onto the HEAD below
the hair. If you like, you can use wiggly eyes instead of the paper
- Glue the nose under the eyes.
- Glue the eyebrows over the eyes.
- Glue the bolts under the ears.
- Optional: use a black marker to draw a scar or two onto the
- Glue the arms into the FLAP.
- Glue the bow onto the chest
- NOTE: the arms and the bow are on template 2. If you feel the project is too big for your child, you can skip the second template
and have an armless puppet.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Printable version of these instructions