Puppets are wonderful toys that help children use their imaginations. You can enhance the puppetry experience using a stage that conceals the puppeteer from the audience. Making a PVC pipe puppet stage is an inexpensive and easy project that can take your puppet show from good to great. PVC pipe is lightweight and easy to assemble, so it makes travelling with your puppet stage easy.
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Things you need
- 6 PVC 3-way joints
- 2 PVC 90-degree elbow joints
- 2 PVC tee joints
- 4 PVC pipes, 1.35 m (4 1/2 feet) long
- 8 PVC pipes, 90 cm (3 feet) long
- 2 PVC pipes, 60 cm (2 feet) long
- 5 m (5 yards) of 112.5 cm (45 inch) wide black fabric
- 1.5 m (1 1/2 yards) of 112.5 cm (45 inch) wide fabric any colour
Lay down two of the 1.35 m (4 1/2 feet) sections of PVC pipe horizontally as the length of your puppet stage and two of the 90 cm (3 foot) sections vertically for the width. Join together using the three-way joints. Make sure the third opening is facing up. You should have a sturdy rectangle.
Insert one of the remaining 90 cm (3 foot) sections of PVC pipe into each of the corner three-way joints. Top the two front pipes with three-way joints and the back two pipes with tee joints.
Join one section of 1.35 m (4 1/2 feet) PVC pipe to the three-way joints and the two sections of 90 cm (3 foot) PVC pipe to both the three-way joints and the tee joints. You should now have a box with three sides.
Put a 60 cm (2 foot) section of PVC pipe into each tee joint. At the top of these pipes, secure a 90 degree elbow joint. Secure the last section of 1.35 m (4 1/2 feet) PVC pipe together between the two joints. This will be the backdrop of your puppet stage.
Cut the black fabric to fit each side of the rectangle. Fold over 7.5 cm (3 inches) from the top and sew a casing, like a curtain. Detach one side of the PVC pipe and slide the fabric onto each pipe and reattach the pipe.
Fold the top 7.5 cm (3 inches) of the other fabric and sew a casing. Slide this over the top pipe to create your backdrop.
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