- Step 1: Choose a pattern and print it
Choose the puppets that you want to make. You can choose to make
animated stick puppets for the play,
The Defeat of Great Glooskap,
or a fish puppet to go with the Stick Puppets.
Download the pattern and print it on white cardstock. If you
don't have cardstock, print the pattern on white paper and glue it
to cardboard - cereal box cardboard is fine.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
Step 2: Color and Decorate
If you chose to print a black and white pattern, color the puppets any way you like with crayons,
markers or colored pencils.
You might also decorate the puppets with bits of colored paper or yarn for the hair, but you may want to wait
to decorate the puppet until after you have cut it out.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out each puppet piece, taking care to cut neatly and
accurately. Each puppet has two or three pieces.
If you printed on paper, a stronger puppet can be made by gluing it to cardboard.
First do a rough cut and then glue the puppet to a piece of cardboard. After the glue dries finish cutting the puppet
- Step 4: Fasten Pieces Together
Use paper fasteners to join the puppet pieces. With the tip of
the scissors or a small hole punch, make holes where the X or O is marked on each piece.
Put the parts together—aligning the holes you just made. Push the paper fastener from front to back and spread the
fastener ends on the back side.
For the fish, be sure the body is in front of both the head and tail. For the people, be sure the arms are behind the bodies.
You may want to tape the tips of the fasteners to keep them from
- Step 5: Attach Sticks
Put the puppet face side down on the table. Tape skewers to the back of the puppet, tip up. For the fish, tape one near the
nose and the other near the tail. For the people, tape one skewer to a leg and tape a skewer just above the elbow of each moveable arm.
The sticks can also be attached with a drop of white craft glue, but it will need to dry for a few hours or overnight.
Bamboo skewers are available in most grocery stores. Pick ones that are 10 or more inches (25 cm) long.
Any other flat or narrow stick will also work.
- Step 6: Put on a Show
To put on a show, you will also need a stage. Turn a card table on its side or put two chairs together and
hang a towel or sheet from a stick across the tops.
You could also use a large box as a stage. Turn the box open side down, and cut away the center of one side.
Perform the play,
The Defeat of Great Glooskap, or make up a story of you own.
Think of what your puppets will do. Where does your play take place? Is your play
funny or dramatic? Rehearse your play a few times and then perform it for family and friends.