These DIY Paper Bag Puppets will ensure that kids will never run out of ideas to have fun! Perfect for pretend play for kids of all ages!
It’s always nice when you can think of a fun way to use an everyday item – it’s like you look at it with brand-new eyes! Take a plain brown paper bag, for instance. Something that we use to bring in groceries or pack our lunches can be turned into a princess, an animal, an alien or anything else – by making paper bag puppets!
Today, we’ve rounded up our best DIY paper bag puppets that are perfect for kids to use in pretend play. We’ve included puppets from different areas, like wildlife, movies, books and more. You can either stick to a theme when putting up a puppet show, or you can create a completely quirky script that includes a mix of multiple universes!
20 DIY Paper Bag Puppets for Pretend Play
We start our list of paper bag puppets with some animals, and here’s a beaver puppet that’s perfect for any Canada Day celebration! It’s also a fun craft when learning about the amazing beaver, including his incredible ability to build a dam out of pretty much anything!
You’ve probably heard the recent study that shows that kids who are obsessed with dinosaurs tend to be smarter. Well, your smarty pants will also love this fun dinosaur craft – a paper puppet!
As Fall approaches, woodland animals make an appearance, and one among them is the badger. This is an animal that most of us don’t know much about, and this badger craft will help us learn more about it!
While the giant panda has always been popular, the red panda entered the spotlight after the release of the 2022 movie ‘Turning Red’. If you enjoyed the movie too, you’ll love making this cute red panda puppet craft!
While it is fun to make paper bag puppets based on animals, it’s also interesting to make people puppets – especially featuring different professions! Here is a paper bag astronaut puppet that will encourage kids to seek out a career in space!
If your child is fascinated by how the human body works and would like to role-play as a doctor, what better way than a cute doctor puppet?
Many kids love what firemen do – sliding down on poles, charging ahead on fire engines and bravely putting out fires to save people’s lives. This fireman puppet craft gives them an opportunity to play out their fantasies, and have fun!
Yes, STEM fields are great as careers, but we can’t ignore the arts! Let kids explore the world of art by learning about famous artists. If you don’t know where to start, we recommend Frida Kahlo, who this beautiful puppet is based on!
While not exactly a career choice, kids can still learn a lot from Superman and his many qualities, like integrity, bravery and others. In the meantime, you can still play out your superhero fantasies with this Superman puppet.
We are now making paper bag puppets of famous fictional characters, and most people would think of traditional princesses. However, our favorite heroine has got to be the feisty Mirabel from Encanto, which is why we love this puppet craft so much!
One of the most popular fictional characters among today’s generation has got to be the boy who lived, a.k.a. Harry Potter! Create your own adventures with the young wizard using this cute little paper bag puppet.
The Little Mermaid has had many versions so far, and we love seeing the many variations! You can create your own version too, by making any modification you like to this mermaid puppet craft.
Do aliens exist? Are they really watching us from afar? Well, we don’t know for sure right now, but we can imagine what they may do and we can recreate these scenes with these alien puppets!
A fictional character that many of us hold close to our hearts is the Cat in the Hat, along with the Lorax or Horton! You can now recreate the Cat’s craziness by playing with this cute paper bag puppet craft!
Who did The Guardian call “2019’s biggest new character”? Baby Yoda, of course! This character exploded on the internet ever since it was introduced, and we got on the trend too – with a Baby Yoda puppet!
Since we’re on the topic of Star Wars paper bag puppets, here’s another fun puppet from Simple Everyday Mom – Chewbacca – looking cuter than he has ever looked!
If you’re planning to put up a puppet show that features lots of animals and needs a main character, look no further than the King of the Jungle – with this cute lion puppet craft from Mommy Made That.
We hope these paper bag puppets have inspired you to store any extra brown paper bags you find so you can breathe new life into them later. Think of a fun story and replace the characters in it with some from this list – and you may just end up with something super interesting!