How to Make a Craft Stick Theater

We’ve had a less-than-snowy winter this season. While many of us grown-up crafters are perfectly OK with that, the younger crafters in our lives may be wishing for a snow day here or there. We many not be able to deliver record amounts of snow this year, but we can offer some simple crafting supplies for them to make a snowman-themed project in honor of the well-known fluffy white stuff. Wooden craft sticks act as the puppet base for these snowman actors and an empty cracker box is the foundation for a simple theater stage.

Materials

  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Cardstock
  • Markers
  • Empty snack box
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Pompoms
  • Craft glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Circle paper punches: 2-inches, 1.5-inches and 1-inch

For the puppets

Start out by punching out three circles for each snowman puppet your child wants to create. The biggest circle punch (2-inches) is the base of the snowman. The smallest circle (1-inch) is the face.

 

Place a piece of double-sided tape on the wooden craft stick toward one end. Place the largest circle on first, then the middle and then the smallest.

 

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Once all three circles are in place, it’s up to your child to decorate the character as they see fit.

 

When it comes to decorating, have fun with markers, glitter, adding paper accessories, etc. It all comes down to whatever the big show is all about!

For the stage

With the “actors” ready for the show, it’s time to create the stage. Cut the box apart so that it looks like this.

 

Next, cut a rectangle out of one of the panels. This will be the stage window.

 

Using your duct tape, start covering all sides of the box. The duct tape will help add stability to the box, especially for when it’s time to stand it up.

 

Add extra pieces of duct tape to any section that feels at all weak.

 

With your theater covered in tape, a few pompoms glued around the stage opening is all you need to complete the project. Once the glue has dried, it’s time for the show to begin!

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