Here’s a fun craft you can save for many rainy days to come, for the kids to entertain themselves and loved ones with all manner of fantastic stories, the stuff of little kids’ imaginations!

DIY final craft

Materials needed:

  • Cardboard box – a large shoebox or equivalent sized grocery box
  • Beige/white masking tape – the paper kind, not the glossy plastic type
  • Gold and red acrylic paint
  • Mod podge
  • Brushes/sponge applicators
  • Gold glitter
  • Red felt
  • Green crepe paper
  • Super glue
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Set of finger puppets from Ikea (or equivalent)

DIY materials

Directions:

1. Fold down all sides of one end of the box, and 3 out of 4 sides of the other end. Neatly cover the whole box in rows of masking tape to keep the flaps in place as well as fortify the box structure.

Children doing craft

2. Paint the outside of the box with gold paint. Leave to dry, then paint the inside of the box with red paint. For a more obvious tone, you may want to paint 2-3 coats of each colour. Water colours don’t work well because they tend to get soaked into the box and look very washed out. For younger kids, you can let them paint with sponges instead of brushes.

3. Cover the top of the box-stage with mod podge. Immediately sprinkle gold glitter all over the top. Kids love to do this, but be sure to have a layer of newspaper or a large tray underneath to catch the excess glitter! Once the surface is covered, shake off excess glitter and leave it to dry for a couple of hours to overnight.

box-stage

4. Paint a layer of mod podge over the whole box, to seal in the paint and glitter. Let it dry completely.

5. Use the alphabet stickers to make a name for your theatre.

DIY theatre

6. Cut your “curtains” out of red felt, and stick the edge to the inside of the top of the box.

DIY curtains

7. Crumple up the green crepe paper into a long strip, then use small strips of red felt to bunch them up to create a garland shape. Stick in place with super glue, then stick garland to the top of the box front.

making your own puppet stage

8. Now you’re ready for your first production!

By Dorothea Chow