Join the conversation


Shoe Box Puppet Theatre

During this ‘back to school new shoe’ time of year – spare a thought for all those discarded shoe boxes. They can be useful, they want to be useful – and rather than just leaving Molly’s behind us in the shop this year or using it for organising Polly Pocket outfits I decided to give a shoe box a chance, a chance at a bright new future, a chance to be a star!!

jump on for the step by step photos and instructions for making your very own finger puppet theater – and if you don’t happen to have a shoebox ask for one in your local shoe shop… they’ve got loads :)

How To Make A Shoe Box Finger Puppet Theatre

StepOne - the box base
– Open out the box flat and cut a circle in the back
– Shape the fold-down side flaps into curtain shapes

Step Two – the box lid
– Cut a rectangular opening in the box lid, leaving approx 1″ all round
– From the left over piece cut three half circles, one larger than the other two

Painting & Decorating
– paint the outside of the box and lid and leave to dry
– use a contrasting colour to add pattern or detail (I used a wine cork dipped in paint to create the polka dot pattern, reversing the colour combination for the centre large semi-circle)
– when this layer of paint is dry glue the semi circles to the top of the box (I used copydex for quicker drying)
Рnow paint the entire inside of the box  black
– and glue some fabric or paper onto the curtain flaps

let the show begin :)


My Instagrams

Join the fun with hashtags

I'm a craft writer for

Featured On:

badge-craft-gossip badge-craftgawker
afkc_featured_on badge-crafty-crow
badge-small-for-big badge-colour-me-there

Anorak Magazine
Handmade Christmas Magazine
Sunday Telegraph UK, ST Kids Magazine
Irish Country Magazine
Homespun Magazine
Zero to Two: Book of Play
Handmade Winter


MollyMooCrafts is filled with creative DIY projects for children and their moms, craft tutorials, handmade toys, handmade gifts, decor ideas, everything I love and much much more!
Follow me on