Reuse a paper grocery bag and fabric scraps to make your own giant puppets.


  • large paper bag
  • fabric scraps
  • ribbon
  • buttons
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • scrap paper
  • black marker



    1. Start with the hair. For the bangs, fold over a piece of knit jersey fabric the same width as your paper bag, and cut fringe 1/2 inches from the top.

    2. To make the braids, cut three strips on two longer pieces of fabric. Then braid and tie with a ribbon.

    3. Glue the bangs and braids to the top of your paper bag with a hot glue gun.

    4. Next, cut out a mouth and eyes and color in the pupils and glue them onto your bag.

    5. Cut out another piece of fabric for the body and hot glue on. Add ribbon and buttons to embellish.

    For the male puppet, use some fabric scraps as a hat or hair. Enjoy imaginative play with your puppets!

Amy Johnson is a crafter, writer, and mother of four, who believes in the power of handmade, secondhand, and eco-friendly living. Her favorite craft store is the thrift store and she shares creative reuse ideas on her blog Maker Mama. Follow her on Facebook for daily inspiration!

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