How to Make a Puppet Theater

It seems there is a never-ending supply of the hutch part of dressers at Goodwill, thrift stores and on the side of the road.   After driving by a curbside hutch for days I finally hauled it into my mini van totally unsure of what I would transform it into.   I love providing opportunities for imaginary play for my kids.   This puppet theater/snack shop is the perfect prop for hours of fun for them.

* This is a repost from September of 2009*

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This is what it looked like when I found it.   I was in okay shape.   It was dirty and nasty but it seemed well constructed and it had a fun shape to it.

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Supply List:

Old Hutch

Paint

Primer

Scrap wood (I used plywood)

Circular saw or Jigsaw

Screws

5/8” drill bit

5/8” dowel rod

fabric and sewing machine to sew curtains

chalkboard paint

trim

Liquid Nails

sandpaper

electric drill

hammer

thin nails

miter box and saw

 

1. After I cleaned it I took off the backer board.   It wasn’t stable enough to handle my crazy kids so I knew I had to stabilize it somehow. I got out some scraps of plywood and measured the width of the hutchy thing and that is how wide the top of my parallelogram is. Then I widened the bottom to give it the stability it needed.

2.   Using a circular saw, I cut out two of them and screwed them into the sides of the hutch.   This provided the stability it needed, it definitely isn’t tipping over.

3. Then I used a 5/8″ drill bit I drilled holes in the sides and inserted a 5/8″ dowel rod (cut to size) for the curtains to hang from.

4. Next I sanded the whole piece down and gave it a coat of primer followed by two coats of red paint.

5. Then I decided to to use the backer board as a chalkboard on the front. I cut it down using a utility knife since it was just a thin wood composite. After primering it and painting it with chalkboard paint I nailed it in place with thin brad nails.

6. Since it did not cover the entire piece I cut some trim to frame it out using my miter box and saw. I just used the foam composite stuff because it is so easy to cut.
Then I laid it out in place to make sure it looked perfect..and it did!
7. I sprayed the molding with black spray paint. Since there wasn’t anywhere to nail it in, I used Liquid Nails and clamped it in place. Some of the glue oozed out but I just touched it up after it was dry.
8. I made little curtains out of fabric I had on hand and hung them from the dowel rod.
We use it for puppet shows…

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and a snack shop…

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You don’t need a hutch type thing for this project. Any small book shelf would work. This one I used an old laminate shelf and just propped it up higher.

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Bookcases are perfect for this project because you have the shelves in the back to store stuff…

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