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A rabbit paper bag puppet

Updated on October 4, 2013

Paper bag puppets are probably the most accessible of all the many types of puppets that exist. They’re easy to make, easy to manipulate and fun to watch. And on top of that, there recyclable!

What paper bag puppets have in common with sock puppets is that the forearm acts as the body of the puppet and the hand is used to animate the mouth of the puppet. This is quite an advantage over other hand puppets where the head and the arms can move but the mouth is usually not animated.

But I find that paper bag puppets are easier to decorate than sock puppets because you can work with construction paper, crayons, paint, or whatever medium you want. Also, it’s easy to glue buttons, sequins or other decorations on the paper bag if you want to get really fancy!

Rabbit Puppet

I recently made a rabbit puppet from a paper bag. It’s a great craft for Easter, but even at other times of the year the rabbit can be used in children’s stories.

And don’t forget the fable of the tortoise and the hare. I know, a hare isn’t a rabbit, but when they’re puppets, can you see the difference?

Some examples

How-To video

Patterns

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! Love making hand puppets, and my kids like putting on plays with them... well, they did, when they were younger... Still do, if given the right circumstances!! Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Rdsparrowriter :-) I have some in preparation and I hope that I will have time to put them on HP :-) Have a wonderful weekend and God bless you too!

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Hi I'm looking forward for more puppet crafts :) I find them useful. God bless you!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I think puppets are the greatest for kids! They can learn how to create them, they can write about them.... have them talk, etc.

      Thanks for the visit and your comments :-)

      Have a great Sunday!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      I just love these! I used to do a lot of puppet crafts with my children when they were little. I miss those days.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Eddy! I am working really hard in producing a lot of other projects that will come in the near future! I will give you plenty to do with your grandkids :-)

      Enjoy your Sunday!

      Joelle

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I am saving this 'crafty gem' for those wet days when the grandkids descend upon us. I also share with my family so that little ones can 'get crafty' at home too. I am going through the ones I have not yet seen and will have quite a collection by the end I am sure. Also voted up.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comment and your visit, Dream-On!

      Enjoy your weekend :-)

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      So much fun only to be a kid again.I am sure so many children will love it.Another wonderful hub.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit Btrbell. Very kind comment! I read that you are a grandma now.... so... be ready for the next generation ;-)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This is a great project! I used to love to do this with my kids, They not only enjoyed makin them, but they loved to make up plays to use them in after! Thank you for this great idea and step-by-step insruction.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your comment! I am very happy if your son loves it! Puppets can be a miracle as the kids can express themselves through them :-) They are a great tool!

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      Gable Rhoads 4 years ago from North Dakota

      My son loves puppets! I'm glad more a coming! Pinning ++

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you HealthMom :-) I hope your kids will like it! I have a few more puppets in my paper bag coming ;-)

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      healthmom 4 years ago from Ohio

      I will have to make this with the kids! Cute idea.

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      This look like a great idea for my grand nephew's birthday activity next week. Thanks for sharing.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you CharronsChatter! If you know someone who would be happy with this project... please, just share :-)

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      this is the best paper bag puppet I've ever seen! Neither "socky", nor blocky, I think even a little "princess" would adore this.

      great images, too. So crisp and clean.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      That would be a great idea Michelle... printed lunch paper bags for kids!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Now, I want that bag to take my lunch in! Thanks for sharing, and sharing this again!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Stricktlydating! You are making my day :-)

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      StricktlyDating 4 years ago from Australia

      Now that is seriously cute! You are so inspiring with your craft Hubs :)

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      I am sure they will.,those are very cute.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit Paolo and also for your kind compliments! I hope that your nephews will like it :-)

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Another cute creative works! I am going to make one when I get home for my nephews. Great hub and clear instructions how to make one.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for the kind compliment :-)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your paper bagg bunny is adorable.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hi Michelle! I know.... I have other puppets ready in my bag ;-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Simple and variations can be done will all animals! Thanks for sharing, and sharing this again!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit Lady Fiddler! I am sure your nephew would like to do this craft.... unless you try my model of the Earth :-)

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      This is so cool maybe some day I should sit with my nephew and let us do craft together. Thanks for sharing this interesting craftwork :)

      God bless you

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Joelle---It's wonderful to hear about your workshops! I love doing arts & crafts with my daughters, and agree that seeing their interpretation is so much fun. And quality time, yes! Cooking is another great activity---it takes longer when they help but it's worth every second. :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comment Lurana! I am glad that your daughter liked the project. I love puppets as well because as you said, it's a craft (so they use their hands) and then they can play with it after. What I also like about puppets is the fact that it helps kids express themselves. I saw students with learning disabilities come out of their shells because it's almost like it's the puppet that talks and not them. They are a great tool in education. An other aspect that I love when I give a workshop with puppets (or any other workshop) is that I can propose the project and teach the technique and it's fun to see the creative mind take over and it becomes their puppet :-) I just love it!

      Thanks again for your visit and your comments :-)

      Joelle

      PS: another thing... it gave you quality time with your daughter... so important... and later in life she will remember that :-)))

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      My preschooler and I just finished making this! It turned out great and she really likes it. Puppets are so much fun because they are a craft and toy in one. Thanks for the great project!

      :-) Lurana

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Ignugent! Indeed, you can use a used paper bag to create this puppet... and with Earth Day coming soon that's a good example for recycling!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your ideas. This is really cool and I think kids will find this project easy. They will also learn how to recycle things by using used paper bags.

      Voted up and useful! :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you DDE for your visit to this hub! I love puppets of all kinds and the paper bag puppet is really an affordable project. I have several other puppets that I still have to draw! Everything thakes time and I like neat and clean presentations.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great work you have shared wonderful ways of creativity and I am looking forward to read more of your hubs, keep sharing the helpful creative ideas.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and your kind comments Joe! If my hubs help you make fun projects with your younger grandso and with grandnephews...than I am really happy! When you spend quality time with kids they will remember those precious memories!

      Thanks again for your visit!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Absolutely delightful hub, kidscrafts! I used to be intimidated about getting involved in paper crafts, but your hub and the accompanying video help me realize just how simple it is to make these puppets. Now I have an additional fun project with which I can entertain my youngest grandson (as well as grandnephews). Thanks for sharing!

      Joe

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you alocsin! I hope that your nephews and nieces enjoy that special time you take with them to create special projects! When they grow up, they will remember those precious times!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love this because it's something to do with my nephews and nieces. Plus it's inexpensive. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I very happy if it can help you have fun with your children Careermommy! That's the all idea :-) I hope that you will find fun activities to do with your kids through the year!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your visit tobusiness and your vote! I try to create things that kids might enjoy. I know that usually kids love to play with puppets and paper bag puppets are affordable. My hope is also that it can help parents, teachers, etc.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Kidscrafts, my kids will love...these puppets. I'm always looking for new craft ideas and am excited to read through your hubs! Thank you for a great idea!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Very artistic!... now I understand why the name kidscrafts, this is wonderfully creative, it will keep the kids busy for hours. Voting up and sharing.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit Mama Kim! I always have been fascinated by puppets and the paper bag one are really affordable! I hope your son will love create his own little bunny puppet and also play with it! You never know what the bunny might tell you ;-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      They are really cute and perfect for my son who suddenly loves puppets ^_^ voting up and awesome

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      kidscrafts,

      yeah paper bags

      I think that making things is very fun for you and your kids

      they are quite interesting and I really do love puppets

      Voted up

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hi Michelle! Thank you for your second visit to the puppet bunny :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you MarieAlana1 for coming visit this hub! I think kids love puppets because it's a great way to express themselves.... it's not them who talk, but the puppet. So the puppet can say things they would sometimes not say themselves. And for sure it's always great for puppet shows!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit Nyamache! I love to create and recycle materials. You can do so many things and you are right....it's great for the environment!

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      My kids love to put puppet shows on. I have done hundreds of different paper bag puppet crafts. Great idea for a hub!

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      Joshua Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

      I acknowledge your creativity. Recycling helps to save money and preserve the environment. I have voted for this hub.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Joelle, passing this round again!! Thanks for the eco-friendly idea too.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are welcome Michelle! Thanks for your visit!

      Joelle

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sounds so fun and easy to do! Thanks for sharing!!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visite Joanne and for your vote! I wanted to create something easy for busy teachers or parents :-)

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      Oh these are so cute and surprising seem very easy to create. Great for Easter. I love em :) Voted up

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hi Carol, Drpennypincher, kashmir56, purl3agony and Gipsy Willow!

      Thank you so much for coming and for your kind comments! Usually, I try to answer the comments as they come in but today I was giving a workshop in a Sciences and Technology Museum in Ottawa....the theme : robots! That was fun! I will do a lot more this coming week with March break so if you ever hear of robot invasion in Ottawa...that's my fault ;-)

      If you have a chance to create a bunny paper bag puppet, I hope that you will enjoy it!

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      Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Useful idea when the children are stuck indoors. Thanks for the instructions

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      Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

      So cute and so creative! I love it. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great idea and so easy to make, well done !

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      It would be fun to put the puppet "ingredients" in the Easter basket along with the candy.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      These are darling. You are so creative and I enjoy anything that is recycled. Great hub and I am voting up andpinning.