DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Bag Pig Puppet
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
They call me MISTER Pig!
This is a fun and easy cut and paste paper craft that uses a paper bag as a base to make a puppet.
You could leave off the moustache and put the bow in the "hair" for a Mrs. Pig.
- paper bag
- pink paint or construction paper
- something to color with,
- Print out the template of choice.
- Color the pieces as appropriate and cut them out. (cutting may require adult assistance and can be pre-done).
- See the picture above for how the puppet should look when complete.
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 lunch around...)
- 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 BODY.
- Look at the sides of the bag. There should be a FLAP of paper.
- We'll be slipping the arms into this flap, though it isn't a big deal if they glue them right to the front of the body.
- OK, now that we're comfy with our bags, let's craft!
PUTTING IT TOGETHER:
- Print the template of choice and color in the pieces, as necessary.
- If desired, take a piece of pink construction paper and cut it out to be the size of the body and glue it onto the paper bag.
- Cut another piece the size of the head and glue it onto the bag.
- You can also cut a third piece the size of the back and glue it onto the bag.
- Alternatively, you can paint your whole bag pink.
- Lift the flap and glue the mouth on underneath it.
- Glue the eyes, snout, ears and moustache (if you want one) onto the head.
- You could put a cotton ball under the snout to make it stand out a bit from the head.
- Lift the side tab and put on a spot of
glue. Attach the arm (or just put the arm on the front of the bag).
- Do the same with the other arm.
- Glue the bow onto the head (girl) or on the body (boy).
- Make the eyelashes. There are instructions on the template for how to do this.
- Basically, just cut down the dotted lines.
- Use a pencil to curl them a bit and fold the tab to make it easier to glue the lashes to the pig.
- You can color the back side with a black marker before you start cutting, if you like.
- Cut the
tail out in a spiral (follow the template dotted lines).
- Turn the bag over and glue the center of the spiral to the bag.
- You can decorate your pig further if you like. Some ideas are
- sparkles/sparkle glue,
- bits of lace or ribbon,
- buttons glued down the front, or
- older kids might like to "dress up" their pig with clothes they draw/cut out of construction paper (overalls and a top hat for
the boy, a dress and fancy shoes for a girl).
- There's lots of room to expand on this template to allow for more creativity as part of the project.
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