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Paper Character Puppets

Here’s a fun project to beat the heat! Kids will have a blast making homemade paper puppets out of their favorite characters! DIY paper puppets are easy to make — just print off our handy coloring pages, color in the characters and cut them out. And best of all, one you are done you can put on your own puppet show!

We printed off some characters from the popular Disney movie Big Hero 6. My three-year-old daughter has loved this movie ever since it came out. Baymax easily became her favorite character over the Disney princesses and even Tinkerbell. We’ve made these handy character printables available for your own use at the bottom of this post.

Make your own character puppets - Mommy Scene

To make your character puppets, cut out each character and color them in using colored pencils, markers, even paint! Get as creative as you want!

Disney Character Puppets - Mommy Scene

Once each character is decorated, cover both sides of the cutout with packing tape, overlapping the tape to cover the whole character. You could also use contact paper. This will give the puppet durability and make it water resistant.

DIY Baymax Puppets - Mommy Scene

Finally, tape the character onto a popsicle stick or wooden skewer. This easy project is simple for toddlers to help with, and learning how to maneuver kids’ safety scissors to cut out the characters helps teach fine motor skills.

DIY Disney Character Puppets - Mommy Scene

You can make a whole variety of character puppets! Just print off your favorite characters from a simple google search, size them to a medium size within your printing program, and color them in! We printed some of these puppets on cardstock and others on regular paper with a glued-on cardboard backing for durability.

DIY Paper Hello Kitty Character Puppets - Mommy Scene

Once your puppets are finished, you can get to work coming up with a story line for your puppets to act out. Share your puppets with friends during a playdate or put on a puppet show for the rest of the family! A cardboard box makes a wonderful puppet stage!

Kids' Craft Character Puppets - Mommy Scene

Character Puppet Printables

Use these templates to create Big Hero 6, Hello Kitty, Frozen, or Inside Out puppets! Click each image to open the high-resolution printable file in a new window.

DIY Paper Baymax Character Puppets - Mommy SceneDIY Baymax Character Puppets - Mommy Scene

Hello Kitty Character Puppets - Mommy Scene Frozen Amna and Elsa Puppets - Mommy Scene

DIY Inside Out Character Puppets Craft - Mommy Scene

Paper character puppets are a fun project to beat the heat! Kids will have a blast making homemade paper puppets out of their favorite characters - Mommy Scene

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Christina C
Christina C
5 years ago

These puppets look so fun and easy!

Ellen Schull
Ellen Schull
5 years ago

I remember doing this when I was a kid. Now days things so are so high tech it is good to see old fashioned activities for kids.

Ashley D
Ashley D
4 years ago

These look like such a fun kids’ craft and activity

4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this fun activity! My kids would love to turn their favorite characters into puppets.