Image showing two puppets sitting between the supplies required
Supplies required for making puppets

One of the great things about doing shadow puppetry at home or in the classroom is that you don’t need fancy tools and supplies. You can make a desktop theater of a cardboard box and parchment or tracing paper, and cut puppets out of the thin cereal boxes. Ordering materials through the Amazon links provided below will allow me  to receive a small kickback if you make a purchase. All supplies listed can also be purchased through your local stores.



  • Foam board presentation board 48″ x 36″ (24″ wide when folded, 36″ tall). Alternative: Cardboard box minimal size 18″ x 21″ (preferably bigger)
  • 15″ wide tracing paper, architectural vellum, or clear (not patterned!) parchment or cookie paper
  • Black painters tape (3/4″ or 1″)
  • Velcro sticky back 3/4 inch tape
  • Box cutter


  • For desk top shadow puppetry: clip-on light such as bed light, craft light, or book light. Shown on page: Rechargeable piano/reading/craft lamp
  • Alternative: cell phone flash light, flash light, or desk light

Puppet storage