Let’s make paper bag puppets today with this fun paper bag craft idea and put on a fun puppet show! Making paper bag puppets is a classic paper craft that has stood the test of time. Our version of papberbag puppets is accessorized with yarn hair and big googly eyes and is a fun craft for kids of all ages.

Classic Craft: Making Paper Bag Puppets by Amanda Formaro - two paper bag puppets shown one with red yarn hair and a orange and yellow outfit and the other with colorful stand up hair dressed in grey and white
Let’s make some paper bag puppets today!

Making Classic Paper Bag Puppets

Paper bag puppets are easy to make with a few simple supplies you already have at home like markers, yarn, paper, ribbons, leftover scrapbook and colored paper, googly eyes and buttons, they’re a great kids craft project any time.

  • A paper bag puppet is a fun craft and perfect for pretend play.
  • Kids can play by themselves with the hand puppets, with a friend or sibling or even with a group of friends.
  • Kids can make their paper bag puppets to look like themselves and their friends or make imaginary friends to play with…that aren’t so imaginary!
  • This makes this craft great for preschool as an ice breaker on the first day.

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Paper Bag Puppet Craft for Kids

Classic Craft: Making Paper Bag Puppets by Amanda Formaro - two paper bag puppets outside with kids giving puppet show in backyard
Host a backyard puppet show!

Supplies Needed for Puppet from a Paper Bag Craft

Directions to Make Paper Bag Puppets

Step 1 Classic Craft: Making Paper Bag Puppets by Amanda Formaro - add hair to the paper bag, add facial features for the puppets face
Let’s start with making the puppets hair and face.

Step 1

Start by making the paper bag puppet’s face. Making the faces is the fun part!

Puppet Hair Ideas

Let your kids use glue and yarn to create hair. They can make pig tails by tying several yarn strands together with a piece of ribbon.

Classic Craft: Making Paper Bag Puppets by Amanda Formaro

To make this spiked hair cut (my boys liked this one). Simply cut yarn into short strands and glue to the top of the bag. Remember, decorating is part of the fun, so let them have a ball!

Puppet Facial Features Ideas

Cheeks can be make using markers or pink crayon, I have used circles I cut from pink construction paper. Medium pom poms make great noses, and googly eyes will finish off the face.

Look for the googly eyes with lashes for girl puppets! <–you can find that HERE

Step 2 Classic Craft: Making Paper Bag Puppets by Amanda Formaro - add clothing for the paper bag puppet
Now it is time to add clothing to your paper bag puppet!

Step 2

Next we are making clothes for our paper bag puppets. Dressing them up is just as fun as giving their face some character.

Use scrapbook paper to create simple clothes, ribbon makes great collar trim!

Once the clothes are glued in place, trim off the excess, being careful not to cut the bag.

Classic Craft: Making Paper Bag Puppets by Amanda Formaro

If you like making puppets from bags, try my paper bag frog puppet with the kids!

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Paper Bag Puppets

Classic Craft: Making Paper Bag Puppets by Amanda Formaro

Make a paper bag puppet with simple supplies. This traditional kids craft is great for kids of all ages and is the inspiration for hours of fun. I can't wait to see the puppet show!

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost free


  • Paper lunch bag
  • Markers
  • Construction paper and/or scrapbook paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom pom
  • Yarn
  • Ribbon


  • glue stick
  • scissors or preschool training scissors
  • craft glue


  1. Start by creating the paper bag puppet's face and hair on the bottom of the folded paper bag. Use yarn attached with glue for hair and accessorize with ribbons or give the hair a cut! Create eyes with markers or googly eyes, cheeks with markers or construction paper circles glued onto the bottom of the bag and make a pom pom nose.
  2. Next dress the paper bag puppets with construction paper and scrapbook paper shirts and pants.

What is a paper bag puppet?

A paper bag puppet is a simple puppet made from a paper bag and other materials such as construction paper, markers, scissors, and glue.

Are paper bags biodegradable?

Paper bags are made from wood pulp or recycled paper and they’re generally biodegradable, which means they can break down naturally over time. The exact amount of time it takes for a paper bag to decompose depends on things like the type of paper and the presence of moisture and microorganisms. Paper bags are usually seen as a more eco-friendly option compared to plastic bags because they can be recycled and they’re biodegradable, but it’s important to remember that making paper bags still has an environmental impact due to the energy and resources it takes.

How to make a paper bag puppet person:

Follow the simple instructions in this article to make a paper bag puppet person. If you want to customize it to look like yourself or someone else you know, then consider these things when making your paper bag puppet:

  • Cut out features that resemble the person from construction paper, craft paper or scrapbook paper.
  • Use yarn or other materials like cotton for hair to mimic the hairstyle for your puppet person.
  • Add details with markers and crayons – like glasses, hair accessories, facial features and more.
  • Dress your puppet person with clothes made of fabric scraps, scrapbook paper or other scraps found around the house that the person you are making would wear!

More Homemade Puppet Ideas & Crafts from Kids Activities Blog

Another Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog Video

Host Your Own Puppet Show with Homemade Puppets

Classic Craft: Making Paper Bag Puppets by Amanda Formaro - finished paper bag puppets one with red yarn hair pigtails and the other with rainbow spikey hair
Make your paper bag puppets exactly like you want to make them…

They can host their very own puppet show and all you need to start with is a simple paper bag. This is one of the many classic kids crafts that are part of the massive book, The Big Book of Kids Activities

The Big Book of Kids Activities Cover with 500 projects that are the bestest, funnest ever!
Making paper bag puppets is one of the classic crafts in The Big Book of Kids Activities!

The Big Book of Kids Activities

Our newest book, The Big Book of Kids Activities has 500 projects that are the bestest, funnest ever! Written for kids ages 3-12 it is the compilation of bestselling kids activities books perfect for parents, grandparents and babysitters looking for new ways to entertain kids. This paper bag puppet craft is one of over 30 classic crafts that use materials you have on hand that are featured in this book!

–>Oh! And grab The Big Book of Kids Activities printable play calendar for a year’s worth of playful fun.

What did your paper bag puppet look like when you were done?

Psst… Try out this Paper Pinwheel Craft!

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  1. My daughter and I have always loved writing short stories and plays, and then creating paper bag puppets to act it out!

  2. Paper bag puppets are loads of fun to make and the possibilities are endless! It’s amazing to see each child turn a few craft supplies into a whole new character!

  3. I remember making paper bag puppets as a kid! Thanks for reminding me of this classic kids craft :).