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Paper Bag Puppets Horse

We've recently added a paper bag puppets horse template to help you learn how to make puppets!

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

All you need to get started is a simple brown paper lunch bag. I'm not kidding, it's that simple! We provide you with the templates and easy pictorial instructions.

Let's take a look at the finished craft!

Make a paper bag puppet horse.

Now let's see how to make this paper bag puppets horse:


  • One brown paper lunch bag (ours was bought at Target)
  • Yellow, brown, black 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 :)

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    2. Once you decided on your paper colors, cut out the template pieces and lay them out in front of you.

    Paper Bag Puppets Horse

    3. Outline and color the mouth and muzzle template pieces. Don't forget to color the tongue bright red!

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    4. Use a black marker to color in the hooves (lower part of leg piece).

    Paper Bag Puppets Horse

    5. Now that we've cut out and colored all of the body parts, now it's time to glue them to the bag. Let's start with the head. Put glue on the back and place it on the center of the bag's flap. Check the photo if you have a question.

    Paper Bag Puppets Horse

    6. Now, glue each body part to the bag. As you let the head dry, glue on the horse's four legs. Then glue on the forelock, eyes, ears and mouth!

    Paper Bag Puppets Horse

    That's it, you're done! Now you're ready to put on a puppet show! Check out our recommendation for a neat puppet stage.

    Use Paper Bag Puppets in a Puppet Show

    Now that you've made some paper bag puppets, are you ready to showcase them in a puppet show?

    Here's the neatest table top stage just perfect to house your first show! Set it up on your kitchen table and invite your parents to sit in the audience.

    The set comes with easy instructions for assembly, and when you're done taking your bows, you just fold up the stage and store it in the closet or even under your bed! How cool is that?

    Melissa and Doug have done it again! They provide a sturdy, durable product that does everthing to encourage creative play! All I can say is, "Bravo" and "Encore!"


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