DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Bag Alien Monster Puppet
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is a fun and easy cut and paste paper craft that uses a paper bag as a base to make a puppet suitable for Halloween or Outer Space themes.
You can make a turquoise monster or use different colors for a green, blue or any other colored version if you feel like getting creative.
- a paper lunch bag (white or brown will work),
- turquoise paint or turquoise paper (or color of your choice if you're making a different colored monster)
- a printer,
- some crayons,
Print the Template:
- Print out the template of choice (color or b&w)
- Colour (as required) and cut out the template pieces.
Get Familiar with your Paper Bag:
- I'm going to walk through this slowly. Look at your paper bag.
- It should be closed and flat like a piece
of paper. Just like when they are brand new.
- On one side, it's all smooth. This will
be the BACK of your puppet
- It's important that all the kids get
the back and front straight at the beginning!
- On the other side there's a flippy tab
(which is typically the bottom of the bag when you're carrying your
- This flippy tab will be the HEAD
- Lift the flippy tab up a bit. Underneath
of the tab will be the mouth,
- When the child puts her hand in the
bag, she'll be able to make the puppet talk.
- Look at the rest of the front of the bag.
(The 3/4 or so of the bag below the part with the flippy tab) This
will be the BBODY.
- Look at the sides of the bag. There
should be a FLAP
- We'll be slipping the arms (template
2) into this flap.
- If the kids goof and glue the arms onto the front or back of the bag, it isn't a big deal.
- OK, now that we're comfy with our bags, let's craft!
Assembling your Puppet:
- Cover the BODY
and BACK paper bag with turquoise paper
(just glue it on and trim) or paint the paper bag turquoise and let
- Glue the mouth underneath the flippy tab so you can see a tiny part of it sticking out when the flap is closed.
- Glue the teeth to the flippy tab so they stick out when the flap is closed.
- Glue the ears behind the
- Glue the hair at the top of the
- Glue the eyes onto the
just under the hair. If you like, you can use wiggly eyes instead
of the paper template pieces. We made our little monster with three
- Glue the oval nose under the eyes.
- Glue the belt onto the
- Glue the arms into the
We used 4 but you can put on less if
- Glue the tail onto the back of the
- NOTE: The arms and the tail are on the
second template. If you're worried the craft is too big a project
for your child, you can skip this template altogether and just make
an armless monster.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Printable version of these instructions