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Video:How to Make a Cardboard Roll Puppet

with Kaytie Sproul

Want to learn how to make a cardboard roll puppet on your own? Here, see tips and tricks for easily creating a puppet.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Cardboard Roll Puppet

Hi, I’m Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com, and today I’m going to show you how to make puppets out of cardboard rolls. You may be accustomed to throwing out your toilet paper or paper towel rolls once they’re empty, but they can be recycled into entertaining objects for children of all ages. Let’s take a closer look.

Supplies for a Cardboard Roll Puppet

To make a cardboard roll puppet, you will need the following craft items:
  • glue
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • and, of course, cardboard rolls

Tip for Making a Cardboard Roll Puppet

If you’re really crafty and want to go all out, the sky is the limit, so feel free to use anything you have access to whether it be glitter, buttons, yarn, pipe cleaners – you name it!

Instructions for Making a Cardboard Roll Puppet

When making a puppet, you can use markers to color the cardboard roll accordingly, but be aware that this will be quite taxing on the pens themselves. I like to wrap my cardboard rolls in colorful construction paper, which makes them a bit sturdier and provides a clean canvas for creation.

All you have to do is cut a piece of construction paper to fit the roll and glue it into place. At this point, you can draw a face on your newly covered cardboard roll, or glue some googly eyes on it. Making one- to two- inch incisions, spaced three-quarters of an inch apart along the lower half of your cardboard roll, and folding them upward will give you an octopus. Or, cutting out and coloring a pair of beautiful wings, and gluing them to the back of your roll will give you a butterfly. Modifying your puppets before and after using them is easy to do as well. Two small pieces of pipe cleaner, wrapped around my little finger for some curl, can become a pair of antennas when attached to my butterfly.

I can also add some polka dots to my squid if I get tired of his monochromatic color scheme. Here are a few other examples of some fun finger puppets you can make with cardboard rolls: Frankenstein, Peter the Penguin, Froggy McFroggerson, Bonnie Bunny Rabbit, and Silvio Spider. When your puppets aren’t being used to entertain, be sure to store them in a container of some sort, whether it’s a craft box or an old shoe box. Cardboard roll puppets are a fun and frugal craft project that will keep your kids occupied and their imaginations active. When finished making their own individualized puppets, they can entertain themselves for hours, or put on a play for the whole family.

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