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July 12, 2018

How to Make a Shoebox Theater - two fish behind the stageThis is a cute and fun way for your child to play with puppets, theater, dolls, make believe, animals, tell stories, etc. Besides making your own characters on cardboard, you can also find pets, or animals/dolls in magazines and attach to craft sticks too!

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Total Time: 1-2 hours + drying time

Supplies:

  • shoe box lid
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • kabob stick
  • hot glue
  • craft sticks
  • ribbon
  • tape
  • bottle cap
  • wiggly eyes
  • X-acto Knife
  • scissors

Steps:

  1. Using a shoe box lid, figure out how small/large you want your theater screen to be. Draw your screen out and then cut out with an X-acto knife.
  2. How to Make a Shoebox Theater - shoe box lid
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater - screen size drawn on lid
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater - cutting it out
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater - rectangular hole in lid
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater - finished hole in lid
     
  3. Paint your box with your desired color. I used black acrylic paint and allowed it to dry.
  4. How to Make a Shoebox Theater - ready to paint
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater - paint the lid and allow to dry
     
  5. In the meantime, you can ask your child what objects or animals they want. Mine wanted some fishes so I freehand drew some on the left over cardboard. Then painted in the colors they wanted (green, orange, blue, and pink).
  6. How to Make a Shoebox Theater - fish shape on cardboard scrap
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater
     
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  7. Once the lid is dried, I taped together 2 kabob sticks.
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    How to Make a Shoebox Theater
     
  9. I poked a hole with the sticks in the lid so I can hang the ribbon (as the back drop/curtains).
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  11. I used leftover complimentary Bath & Body Works ribbon I had on hand as the curtains. I placed tape on the end of the ribbon, over the stick and taped on the ribbon so the curtains can slide.
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    How to Make a Shoebox Theater
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater - multiple pieces attached as seen from back
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater - ribbon curtain from the front
     
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  13. Optional: If you have more ribbon - you can make them longer and tie if needed.
  14. How to Make a Shoebox Theater - ribbon curtain tied back at the sides
     
  15. Once fish are dried, hot glue on wiggly eyes and then glue the fish to craft sticks.
  16. How to Make a Shoebox Theater - glue eye to fish and fish to craft stick
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater - 4 finished fish
     
  17. Lastly as a safety precaution, cut down kabob sticks and cover with hot glue or I used bottle cap so it is not sharp.
  18. How to Make a Shoebox Theater - trim excess off the kabob sticks
     
    How to Make a Shoebox Theater - or cover with a plastic cap glued in place
     
  19. Ready to play.
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