Magazine article Sunset

Animals to Airplanes, They're Paper-and-Paint Puppets

Magazine article Sunset

Animals to Airplanes, They're Paper-and-Paint Puppets

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From designing and construction to putting on a play, children can participate in all stages of production of these simple paper puppets on a stick. Between performances, the puppets make striking decorations when placed in simple wooden stands.

Materials for each puppet cost about $3. Here's what you'll need:

* 2 to 4 square feet of butcher or white shelf paper (found in grocery, art, variety, and hardware stores)

* Shredded newspaper

* Craft glue

* 1-1/4- by 18-inch dowel

*1 8-ounce jar of gesso (each puppet requires about 4 ounces)

* Acrylic paints

You'll also need a pencil, scissors, stapler, a 5-1/8-inch needle, and flat, thin paintbrushes. Your cost should be about $3 for each puppet.

To attach movable parts, use dental floss and beads or buttons. Create hair with cotton twine. For an optional base, use a 3/4-inch-thick piece of scrap wood with a 1/4-inch-diameter hole drilled through it.

A coat of gesso applied before painting makes the figures stiff and more durable. …

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