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Making the World Cuter: Toot Toot Tuesday-DIY Puppet Theater

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Toot Toot Tuesday-DIY Puppet Theater

I have been wanting to make my kids a puppet theater forever, but I have just never found the right piece of furniture to turn into one.
So I decided to build one myself. (with help from my husband of course, but I did do a lot of it, if not most of it myself).
Now it drives my hubby crazy but I don't ever start out anything with a plan, just an idea in my head and then I just make it work.
I went through our scrap wood-found 3 pieces of wood that were all the same size for the top, middle and bottom and then I cut a 2x3 (I think) in half.
I measured the 2x3's width, doubled it and cut that much off of the middle board so that it would fit between the two pieces of wood and then screwed it all together.
Here is the side view, you can see I just drilled screws in the top and bottom pieces down into the posts and then through the side of the post to attach the middle piece. Pretty easy...if you can just get those darn screws started! :)Then I painted it white...well the first coat anyway, my hubs finished the painting process for me, one because I am not a patient person when it comes to painting and two because my finger hurt after the first coat! :)We went back and forth for a day or two, trying to decide how to stable it, we thought of a sort of a-frame brace, some sort of hinged brace that would fold up for easy storage and finally settled on the easiest brace of all. Just a small piece of wood screwed into the bottom of the theater on each side. This also presents the least amount of opportunity for kids to trip over it.
Next I sewed some curtains out of this very stretchy, very thin, red fabric...such a pain. I don't have a tutorial on it because I was cursing it most of the time I was sewing it. Basically just sewed over the top to make a loop and then did a longer stitch on the bottom, sewing straight up and then pulling the thread to make it gather a bit.To attach it to the theater I was going to use a wooden dowel and some hooks, but I had an extra shower tension rod, that my husband conveniently broke. For the curtain we used part of it, and just added the caps with a little electrical tape under one of the caps to make it tight. Then under the shelf part of the stage, we attached these closet rod holders that we had in a bucket of misc. things. Then cut the rest of the rod with a hack saw (my hubbys job) to fit securely inside...
So that I could hang this little bag on the back of the stage to house the "performers" in between shows. I was planning on making a bag out of the same red fabric with little loops and buttons to hold it on-but after the curtains, I quickly abandoned that idea. I found this old pillow sham, sewed the shorter side over to make a loop and it was ready to go as a bag. Easy and free!
Lastly I had my hubby cut a piece of wood to fit along the bottom, screwed that to the base... then I quickly painted it with my handy dandy chalkboard paint and let the kids at it.
They are ecstatic to say the least, and have already come up with a few more uses for it than just a puppet stage. Bekah has been a princess at the top of a tower waiting for a knight to save her, and Christopher has been using it as his house, and will look out the window to see if his friends are ready to play. Of course, we've had many a puppet show, or more like puppet giggle shows as well.

I'm pretty excited about it too-we used mostly what we had on hand and only had to buy a couple extra cans of white spray paint and the fabric for the curtains.



Blogger Anne Maskell said...

That is fantastic! I think all kids love to put on puppet shows and act out stories. I remember my kids doing it over the kitchen table edge, while we gathered around the other side to watch the show. They would have loved your theater, as I'm sure your kids do! Fabulous job!

Tue Jul 27, 03:43:00 PM

Blogger Maria said...

So much fun! I love kids projects, especially when it encourages them to be creative. Way to go!

Tue Jul 27, 05:14:00 PM

Blogger Kristabelle said...

This is amazing. The black board paint is such a fantastic touch well done!!!

Tue Jul 27, 08:19:00 PM

Blogger Nancy E said...

How great! I love it! NIce job and they will have such a great time. We have a collection of puppets here, but we never had a theater. :(


Wed Jul 28, 04:29:00 AM

Blogger LADYHIGHTOWER said...

Ingenuity! WOW!

Wed Jul 28, 06:19:00 AM

Blogger Patricia Torres said...

I can hear the laughter... so much fun.... This is a wow!! wow!! so cute.. so gorgeous!! I am falling in love with your blog..

Tue Aug 03, 07:06:00 AM

Blogger Alison said...

Thanks for this FABULOUS idea!! I can't wait to make one for my son! I featured your puppet theater on my Wednesday's Wowzers today:

Have a super day!

Wed Aug 04, 07:40:00 AM


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