Shoebox Shadow-Box Theater

Shoebox Shadow-Box Theater craft

Set the stage for magical, mysterious, heroic puppets.

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    With a puppet stage and a couple of finger puppets, you can tell super-hero or super-mysterious stories in exotic locations. Here’s one way to make a stage for your stars.

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    Design finger puppets. Shape Crayola Model Magic® modeling material into animal or human characters. Mix colors if you wish. Poke a finger into each character to turn it into a finger puppet. Add details with small Model Magic bits. When it’s fresh from the pack, it sticks to itself. Air-dry your puppets overnight.

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    Decorate your finger puppets with Crayola Glitter Glue. You could create an owl’s feathery chest and staring eyes or a polar bear’s fur and long claws. Air-dry your decorated puppets.

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    Prepare the stage. Cut a large rectangle out of one side and the bottom of a shoebox with Crayola Scissors. Draw a stage backdrop by coloring a thick layer with Crayola Twistables crayons. Add design elements, perhaps spider webs in tree branches or a tre

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    Make a scrim. Cut a vinyl sheet to fit across the box opening to act as a scrim (a curtain that lighting makes transparent or opaque). With a shadow theater, the scrim is in front of the puppet area. Draw on the scrim with Crayola Window Markers. If you have a night scene maybe you want stars or a moon. If it’s winter, maybe you’ll want snowflakes. Attach scrim to the box front with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue.

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    Decorate your theater. Color construction paper with Crayola Twistables crayons. Cut out sections to cover the box and scrim edge. Glue them on. When they’re dry, it’s time to raise the lights on your shadow box theater. (Ask a friend to hold a flashlight