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Paper Bag Puppets Giraffe

Our latest paper bag puppets giraffe tutorial is just one example of our "How to Make Puppets" series.

We love the idea of using puppets in all kinds of learning/play situations and are constantly looking for easy to make puppet ideas!

Here's one that Maya came up with using a simple brown paper lunch bag. Seriously, it doesn't get easier than this!

Take a look at the finished craft!

Make a paper bag puppet giraffe.

Now let's see how to make this papber bag puppets giraffe:


  • One brown paper lunch bag (ours was bought at Target)
  • Yellow, brown, and white construction paper
  • One black marker
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue (glue stick or white Elmer's glue will do)
  • A printer
  • Template 1 and Template 2


    1. Print out our templates and cut out the pieces. You can print the pieces on white cardstock and color the body parts, or you can print the template pieces on colored construction paper and cut them out. Your call :)

    Paper Bag Puppets GiraffePaper Bag Puppets Giraffe

    2. Cut out a rectangular piece of yellow construction paper that will fit the front of the bag, as shown in picture.

    Paper Bag Puppets Giraffe

    3. Glue the horns to the top of the giraffe's head. Next, glue the ears to the side of the head. Then glue the giraffe's head onto the bottom part of the paper bag (the flap).

    Paper Bag Puppets Giraffe

    4. Glue the muzzle onto the giraffe's face, and the lower jaw under the flap. Make sure to place it under the muzzle so that it shows when the bag's flap is down.

    Paper Bag Puppets Giraffe

    5. Color the muzzle of the giraffe a light brown or tan color, and color the tongue red.

    Paper Bag Puppets Giraffe

    6. Ready to put the finishing touches on your paper bag puppets giraffe? Glue on the eyes and the giraffe's spots, let dry...and then play with your new puppet!

    Paper Bag Puppets Giraffe

    That's it, you're done! Now you can perform your favorite giraffe story! Check out our suggestions in the right column of this page.

    Learn How to Make Puppets with this Easy Guide

    If we haven't already convinced you how easy it is to make puppets, then this book will literally spell it all out for you.

    First things first...define "easy." To me, easy means that the instructions are clear, the materials are simple (and won't break my budget) and the pattern is uncomplicated. Easy to me means that even I could make this puppet. And you know what? This book is the real deal!

    I was amazed to discover that you can make a puppet from almost any material! From construction paper to clothes pins, wooden spoons to toilet paper rolls, paper plates, felt, socks, gloves and even old sweaters! There are so many possibilites that it's mind boggling.

    There are patterns and instructions included in this book for kids ages 2-12! So if you're a parent, grandparent, educator, day care provider, chances are this book covers the age group you're interested in entertaining.

    And on the subject of entertaining...this book even includes songs, poems and skits so that you're only a puppet away from performing in your own puppet show.

    If you're still undecided, did I mention that the author also recommends which puppet to use for a specific activity and how you can combine puppets with poems and songs for more effective teaching in the classroom? This is truly an amazing reference book!

    I don't know about you....but I'm grabbing myself a copy right now!


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