DLTK's Holiday Crafts for Kids
Paper Bag Pilgrim 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 pilgrim puppet.
You can make a brown pilgrim with a brown paper bag or use
different colors of paint if you feel like getting creative.
- a paper lunch bag,
- a printer,
- some crayons,
- paper for the printer
Print the Template:
- Print out the template of choice (color or
- 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 BODY.
- Look at the sides of the bag. There should be a FLAP of paper.
- 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:
- If using TEMPLATE 2, glue the collar onto the
BODY just below the
- Glue the mouth underneath the flippy tab so you can see a tiny
part of it sticking out when the flap is closed -- it will overlap
the collar a little bit.
- 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 hat over the hair.
- Glue the nose under the eyes.
- Glue the eyebrows over the eyes.
- Glue the mustache onto the HEAD,
below the nose, so it overlaps the flippy tab a little bit.
NOTE: the arms, belt, shoes and collar are on template 2. If you
feel the project is too big for your child, you can skip the second
template and have a simpler armless puppet.
- Glue the arms into the FLAP.
- Glue the round button onto the chest -- I like to put it right
over the collar.
- Glue the belt onto the BODY
- Glue the shoes onto the very bottom of the
- Glue the corn into one of the hands.
- Close template window when done 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