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Paper Puppet People

We love it when Tiffany Pratt comes to the set with her glitter and gak. She makes crafting super fun and inspires the little kid in us to come out and play. Making Paper Puppet People is one activity that Tiffany knows will bring great joy to your little ones. This craft is a fab way for children to express themselves and use bits and bobs from around the house to make a new "friend." Get crafting!



  • Balloons
  • Newspaper cut into strips
  • Flour
  • Jar
  • Wood or white glue
  • Warm water
  • Small boxes of any kind
  • Tape
  • Scrap fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Fabric trims
  • Buttons
  • Jewels
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads
  • Hot glue
  • Box cutter blade
  • Lace
  • Ribbons
  • Google Eyes
  • Round soft wooden bits
  • Yarn
  • Acrylic paint white and a colour of your choice
  • Sponge brushes for glue applications
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun




  • Find an empty box that can act as the body for your puppet. Use Mod Podge, glue, and foam brushes to decorate the box with scrap fabric, paper, feathers...anything you like. Once you've covered the box completely, set it to dry overnight.


  • Blow up a balloon to a size that works for the box-body. You can play with scale here and keep the balloon really tiny - or blow it up really big. You decide!
  • Now for the fun part! Paper Mache! In a plastic bowl, combine:
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 cup white or wood glue
  • Add warm water to the bowl and mix with your hands or a wooden spoon you don't need to use again. The final consistency should be similar to a very thick soup.
  • Over a covered table, dip a strip of newspaper into the glue mixture and place onto balloon. Continue doing this until strips have completely covered the balloon. You can also add some glue directly to the balloon surface and then place strips on top. Make sure to saturate strips well with the glue. Leave a small space free of paper and glue where you've tied the balloon. Once the balloon is covered in paper and glue, place it on a small empty jar and let dry overnight.
  • Once the paper mache balloon is dry, paint the entire balloon with white paint. This will act as a primer. Once the white dries, pick another colour and paint the head of your person that magic shade. After the balloon is completed, snip or poke the balloon to let its air out.

  • Hot glue your puppet head to your box-body. Now it's time to give your puppet a face.  Glue eyes, nose, eyelashes, hair, mouth, etc. to the balloon. Get creative with what you use for these features! Nothing needs to match - this is the perfect time to let your child's individuality shine through.
  • You can make a paper hat or add flowers in the hair - this is the fun part - you can look around the house and find things that you do not use and style your paper person with these dazzling trims.


  • Take 4 pipe cleaners and twirl a loop at the end of each so beads do not spill off, and begin beading the arms and legs for your puppet. You can bead the arms a little longer or shorter than your legs, this is fun to play with scale.
  • Once the arms and legs are done take your box cutter and find the perfect place for you to have the arms and legs come out of your box. Once you have a big enough slit, sneak the end of the pipe cleaner that you left bead-less into the hole and place some hot glue in and on top of your pipe cleaner so that the arms and legs are secure.

HAVE FUN!  This is a great activity to use leftovers in your home and make one magical little friend that you and your little one can remember assembling, making and naming, for years to come!


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