How to make a spooky shadow puppet theatre

How to make a spooky shadow puppet theatre

Halloween is creeping up on us once again and we are definitely feeling the holiday spirit here at HUE!

The spookiest time of year is also one of the best times to get creative with the family and make so many fun things such as Halloween costumes, spooky snacks and decorations.

To celebrate the season this year we have created a fun and practically free craft project to help keep little imps occupied this fall.

We grabbed our trusty HUE HD Pro camera, fired up HUE Intuition and captured all the steps you need to create your very own spook-tacular shadow puppet theatre!

What you’ll need:

  • A large, empty cereal box
  • Black card
  • Tracing or baking paper
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • Regular sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewers or chopsticks
  • Sticky tack/putty
  • A pen or pencil
  • A ruler

Step 1

Lay the cereal box out flat by cutting along the side of the box.

Step 2

Cut a panel off the box and leave to one side for later.

Step 3

Draw a rectangular border inside the box to create a frame and draw a wavy line on one of the thin side panels to create a theatre style top.

Step 4

Cut out the wavy top edge and middle section of card. The middle section of card can be saved for making shadow puppets later on.

Step 5

Take the large panel that you cut off the box in step 2. Trace around the wavy theatre top and central frame, then cut them out.

Step 6

Use double-sided tape to stick the traced shapes onto the printed face of the box. This will help reinforce your theatre and the plain cardboard face will be easier to paint if you want to get creative and decorate your theatre later.

Step 7

Tape a sheet of tracing paper on the inside of the frame to create a theatre screen.

Step 8

Add some double-sided tape on the bottom edges of the side flaps. Fold and stick the bottom edge to create a base for the theatre.

Step 9

Take one of the remaining pieces of cardboard and stick this onto the base to extend it and help it stay secure and upright.

Step 10

Stand your theatre upright and place a lamp behind it.

Step 11

Cut a spooky scene out of black or dark coloured card and use sticky tack to attach it to the front of the theatre

Step 12

Take some black card (or any left over cereal box card) and cut out some terrifying puppets! Attach your puppets to your wooden skewers or chopsticks with tape or sticky tack.

Step 13

Dim the lights, play some haunting music and gather your family. It’s showtime! Moohoohahaha!

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