I illustrated this little spring play puppet theater this weekend and it had me all giddy: The colors, the whimsical flowers, the Easter basket application. It was all just fun. Print out a couple extra pages of the clip art page and glue the images to create scenes on your easter baskets this year. It personalizes each basket and makes it unique to the recipient. And of course, always add gobs of ribbon.
The download is available on Etsy HERE.
SPRING PUPPET THEATER INSTRUCTIONS
Craft Materials & Tools needed:
- Color printer or access a commercial printer, such as Staples, The UPS Store or Fed Ex Office
- Quality color print cardstock
- Hot glue gun & hot glue stick
- 8-1/2 X 11 sheet of heavyweight cardstock or chipboard
- Bamboo skewers used for barbecuing
- 2 yards of 1/2”-1/4” wide ribbon (if tying the theatre onto a basket handle)
Instructions fro making the theatre:
1. Print out the 3 pages in the zip file. The quality of your print will depend upon the printer, settings, ink, and the paper choice. A professional printer and high quality supplies are recommended. Some colors may print slightly different than displayed on your computer screen, depending on the type of printer, screen settings, and inks used. For the most vibrant color print out, I recommend using Hammermill digital color print cardstock, (I love 100 lb) or a good quality photo paper will work as well. Note:***This file is designed to print “borderless”, if you need to adjust the print out, click the “fit to page” or “scale to page” option on the print dialog box.
2. Using scissors, cut out the inside of the Spring Puppet Theater Front and around the outside. I like to use a pair of small detail scissors, like thread cutting scissors or smaller paper cutting scissors made for cutting intricate details. Then cut out the Spring Puppet Theater Background. Cut out the desired pieces from the animals, fauna and floral page of clip art.
3. Hot glue the animals at the bottom bamboo skewers used for barbecuing so you can hold puppet handles from the top of the theatre. I use the leftover cut out flowers, foliage and animals on spring baskets and nesting in paper flower arrangements. Hot glue little paper spring flags onto bamboo skewers. Tie ribbons around the skewer flags.
4. To assemble the Spring Puppet Theatre cut out four strips of cardstock or chipboard 3” L X 3/4” W, this will be your spacer strip.
5. Draw a line at the 1/2” mark on both ends of all four strips, making 8 pencil lines.
6. With a bone scorer, score at the 1/2” mark on the pencil lines on both ends of each of the 4 strips.
7. Fold at each end so the folds face down at the crease mark.
8. IF YOU WANT TO TIE THIS THEATRE TO THE BASKET HANDLE, FOLLOW THIS STEP, IF YOU DON’T, THAN SKIP TO #9. Sandwich the wrong side of the theatre front and the right side of the theatre back together so that the top and bottom match up, and so you can see the flower and foliage backdrop through the opening of the stage). With the pieces together, punch two holes towards the top of the theatre to tie ribbon around the basket handle if you want it to be tied to a basket. Do not tie around the basket handle at this step, just punch the holes so they are there for step 11. If you don’t want to tie it to the basket, skip this step.
9. With the theater’s front wrong side and the back right side of the theatre touching, glue a “spacer strip” tab in between the two pieces to both sides at the bottom of each corner of the theatre. Start by taking a 3” spacer strip and apply a dab of hot glue on one of the two folded tabs with folds facing up. Stick to the left bottom corner about 1/4” in from the edge of the wrong side of the theatre front and glue the folded tab to the other side of the back theater piece. Then do the same on the right side of the bottom corner. This creates the spacers for the puppets to fit in between and have room for a dramatization to take place.
10. Repeat step 9 using the last two spacers for the top of the theatre to stabilize the whole theatre, glue the tabs facing down at the top two corners.
11. To tie the theater on the basket handle, string a 1/4-1/2” silky ribbon through the four holes that were punched on both sides at the top of the theater, and then secure the ribbons with a bow around the basket’s handle.
12. Apply a dab of hot glue at each bow to hold the ribbon in place on the handle.
13. For any questions with this theater project, refer to www. aimeeferre.com for a full photo tutorial
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