Puppets are one of the most classic crafts for kids! They make the best storytellers or crafts that will keep them busy for hours. Gather the family and make this fun paper bag horse puppet together to create memories we know will last.
Paper Bag Horse Puppet
This adorable paper bag horse puppet is so easy to make and fun to do with the kids. Most of the supplies you probably already have on hand. This is the perfect way to spend time creating with your kids. If you and the kids love paper bag puppets, be sure also to check out our Bunny Paper Bag Puppet and Dragon Paper Bag Puppet.
This horse puppet is the perfect way to inspire creative play to use as a prop for a puppet show or any other creative way the kids can imagine.
I love that my kids are always coming up with creative stories to act out, and this is the perfect papercraft to help them.
You can even use it for a fun afternoon or as part of a homeschool curriculum. Our horse puppet can be used in so many ways.
- Colored construction paper
- Craft glue
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How to Make The Paper Bag Horse Puppet
- Pick out 2 or 3 different shades of brown construction paper for this horse puppet. Trace the mane and hoof patterns onto the dark brown construction paper.
- Trace the head, ears, and legs on a medium shade of brown paper.
- Trace the inner ears on pink paper, and trace the mouth (bottom side of the face) on light pink or pink construction paper.
- Trace the belly pattern on light brown paper. Cut out the traced patterns.
- Glue the hoof cutouts onto the bottom of the leg cutouts.
- Glue the inner ear cutouts to the middle of the outer ear cutouts, and glue the face part near the bottom side of the head cutout.
- Glue the ear patterns on the top of the head pattern, keeping the pointy ends facing up.
- Glue the eye cutouts on the top part of the head patterns, and glue the mane to the top part of the head cutout. Use a black sharpie or gel pen to draw the mouth-line and nose of the horse.
- Attach the prepared paper to the paper bag, making sure it covers the bag nicely. You can keep a small space near the open side of the paper bag (the open side of the bag will be the bottom side of the horse puppet).
- Attach the belly cutout to the paper attached to the bag.
- Glue the leg patterns near the open end side of the paper bag, keeping the hoofs aligned with the open end.
- Flatten the bottom side o the paper bag and glue the horse head pattern on the bottom side. Allow the glue to dry.
Tips and Tricks
- Try different shades of construction paper for a more colorful horse!
- Small hands may have a hard time cutting out all the pieces. Precut the patterns for an easier time.
- Try adding sparkle to the mane of the horse with glitter, stickers, or sparkly paper.
- Have your child draw a horn and/or use a white paper bag to transform the horse into a unicorn!
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- Colored construction papers
- Craft glue
- Paper Bag
Select 2 or 3 different shades of brown colored construction papers for the horse puppet. Trace the mane and the hoof patterns on the dark brown colored craft paper, and the head, ears and leg patterns on the medium shade of brown paper. Then, trace the inner ears on pink paper, the mouth part (bottom of the face) on light pink or pink colored paper and the belly pattern on the light shade of brown paper. Cut out the traced patterns.
Glue the hoof cutouts on the bottom side of the leg cutouts. Then glue the inner ear cutouts in the middle of the outer ear cutouts and the face part near the bottom side of the head cutout.
Glue the ear patterns on the top side of the head pattern, keeping the pointy ends facing upwards.
Glue the eye cutouts on the top part of the head pattern. Use a black sharpie or gel pen to draw the mouth-line and nose of the papercraft horse puppet. If you want, you could use googly eyes instead of the eye cutouts!
Prepare a piece of paper to cover one side of the paper bag, under the bottom flap of the paper bag (this will be the front side of the horse puppet).
Glue the prepared paper onto the paper bag. You can keep a small space near the open side of the paper bag (the open side of the bag will be the bottom side of the horse puppet). Glue the belly cutout on the paper attached to the bag.
Glue the leg pieces near the open end of the paper bag, keeping the hooves aligned with the open end.
Flatten the bottom side of the paper bag and attach the horse head pattern on the narrow flap. Allow the glue to dry.
How Do I Print A PDF?
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Can I Resell These?
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