How to Make a Stage With Moving Curtains for a Puppet Show

Written by jeffery keilholtz
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How to Make a Stage With Moving Curtains for a Puppet Show
Puppets can dangle from string. (Cambodian Puppet image by Jason from

Puppet shows are a wonderful way for a child or an adult to explore and express creativity. Designing and carrying out a puppet show is a fun activity for a school project or on a weekend at home. Encourage kids to enjoy the process by constructing puppets out of everything from brown paper lunch bags to an unused pair of tube socks. A puppet stage is easily made with an old bedroom sheet. Even building a stage with moving curtains for a puppet show performance demands only a simple design and the help of a couple of assistants.

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Things you need

  • Sheets
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • String
  • Tacks

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  1. 1

    Cut a square hole into the centre of a bed sheet. Make the hole at least 18 by 18 inches to accommodate more than one puppet at a time.

  2. 2

    Trim four colourful 18-inch long pieces of 1- to 2-inch wide ribbon. Glue the ribbon around the perimeter of the hole to act as a frame.

  3. 3

    Choose a new sheet with a dissimilar pattern. Cut a 20 by 20 inch square in the new sheet. This square will function as the curtain. Pin the upper right and upper left corner to the backside of the hole in the first sheet. Connect two additional pins at the top and centre of the curtain.

  4. 4

    Cut the curtain up the middle, dividing it in half. The cut should divide the curtain evenly between the two centre pins. Your curtains are now intact and in place.

  5. 5

    Tack the sheet at the top of an open door frame. The sheet is now the stage.

  6. 6

    Loosely tie two pieces of long string or ribbon around the centre of each curtain. Have two assistants - one on each side of the door - pull and/or release the string or ribbon to open and close the curtains for the performance.

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