How To: Do Shadow Puppetry at Home

How To: Do Shadow Puppetry at Home

Heather Blaha
Jun 30, 2009

Yesterday we posted about Greek shadow puppetry and theatre, and in our online inquiry came across this how-to for creating your own shadow puppet show at home. Using a paper, cardboard or wood puppet, the cutouts create shadows for viewing when moved behind a screen with the correct light source. Link below for detailed steps to create your puppet, screen, and props:

For starters, here is the shadow puppeteer's tool and supply kit:

1. Cardboard box, box lid (about 13"x16" or bigger), or 2'x3' cardboard/foam display board for presentations (bought at craft and office supply store)
2. Parchment (wax) paper, tracing paper, architectural vellum (from office supply store), or thin white plastic disposable table cloth found in party stores
3. Masking tape (ducktape too when using parchment paper)
4. Black poster board (or, if not available: card stock or cardboard from cereal box)
5. Scissors
6. Hole punchers: standard size for eyes, 1/16" for the connecting holes (optional)
7. Brass paper fasteners (smallest size: 0.5" to 1")
8. Bendable straws
9. Wooden barbeque skewers
10. Velcro sticky back fasteners (optional)
11. White or light colored pencil for sketching on poster board
12. Bright desk lamp (preferably 75Watt, more for bigger screens)
13. Photo copy transparencies and permanent markers for sceneries (optional)

Click here for the full How To.

Has anyone done this before and have other suggestions for making the greatest of shows?

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