Super Cute Mermaid Paper Bag Puppet Craft for Kids

Let’s make a super cute mermaid paper bag puppet with the kids!

We are going to make a mermaid puppet craft using a brown paper bag and scrap craft supplies. You could also make this craft with the opening of the bag at the top for a mermaid party and fill it with treats.

Mermaid paper bag puppet crafts made using paper bags, paper, yarn, and ribbon.
Make these fun and colorful mermaid paper bag crafts with the kids.

Mermaid Puppet Craft for kids

This is a fun craft for parents to make with their elementary-aged kids. It’s such a fun summer craft that can be used to put on a puppet show, or as a goody bag for parties.

Related: Check out our inspiration paper bag puppets tutorial

How to make a mermaid paper bag puppet

We are going to use lots of scrap craft supplies including yarn, ribbon, and paper and glue it to a brown paper bag to make this mermaid craft.

You will need a brown paper bag, googly eyes, yarn, and scrap paper to make a mermaid puppet.
Gather a paper bag, scrap paper, yarn, and googly eyes to make a mermaid puppet.

Supplies needed to make a mermaid paper bag puppet

  • Brown paper bag
  • Scrap paper – assorted colors such as purple, blue, green, or pink
  • Yarn – any color, and any thickness
  • Ribbon – any scrap pieces of ribbon will work
  • Googly eyes
  • Small pom poms
  • Glitter glue
  • Glue stick
  • Circle punch
  • Scissors
  • Marker

Instructions for making a mermaid paper bag puppet

Step 1 for your mermaid paper bag puppet is to add googly eyes, pink, cheeks, a pom pom nose, and a mouth to your brown paper bag.
Add facial features to the folded section of your paper bag.

Step 1

Add the facial features for your mermaid to the section of the paper bag that is folded over. Use glue to attach googly eyes and a pom pom nose, and then cut out pink cheeks. You can also use a marker to add your mermaid’s mouth. I actually forgot to do this until the very end.

Step 2 for your mermaid paper bag puppet is to cut out circles from blue, aqua, and purple paper and glue them on in a pattern to the paper bag.
Cut out purple, aqua, and blue circles and attach them in a pattern to the paper bag.

Step 2

Use a circle cutter or scissors to cut out circles from blue, purple, and aqua paper. Glue them into place in a patter across the bottom of the brown paper bag.

Step 3 for making your mermaid puppet is to cut out shells for your mermaid's top, and then decorate the shells and tail with glitter glue.
Cut shell shapes out of paper for your mermaid, and then decorate it with glitter glue.

Step 3

Sketch a shell shape onto a piece of paper and then use that as a template to create two identical shells for your mermaid. Glue them on and then decorate them, along with the tail with glitter glue.

Step 4 for your mermaid puppet is to add hair by tying yarn together with ribbon, and then gluing it into place.
Add hair to your mermaid with yarn and ribbon.

Step 4

The final step for your mermaid is to give her hair. Cut lengths of yarn, tie them together with ribbon, and then glue the top section into place.

Our finished mermaid paper bag puppet

Mermaid puppets made out of paper bags, yarn, ribbon, and paper.
These mermaid puppets made out of paper bags are so cute!
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Mermaid Paper Bag Puppet

mermaid paper bag puppet crafts

Make a brown paper bag mermaid puppet with kids. You can also make it the other way around so it makes a fun gift bag for a mermaid party.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • Brown paper bag
  • Scrap paper - assorted colors such as purple, blue, green, or pink
  • Yarn - any color, and any thickness
  • Ribbon - any scrap pieces of ribbon will work
  • Googly eyes
  • Small pom poms
  • Glitter glue
  • Glue stick
  • Marker

Tools

  • Circle punch
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Attach the googly eyes and pom pom (nose) to your paper bag with the glue.
  2. Cut out circles for the cheeks, and for the mermaid tail, and glue those into place too.
  3. Use a red marker to draw on your mermaid's mouth.
  4. Sketch a seashell onto paper and use that as a template to make 2 identical shells for your mermaid's top. Glue those on too.
  5. Decorate the shells and the tail with glitter glue to make them sparkle.
  6. Cut lengths of yarn, tie them together with ribbon, and glue them across the top of the bag with glue.

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Did you put on a puppet show with your mermaid paper bags, or use them for a mermaid party?

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