How to Make a Paper Puppet to Enjoy with Kids

by Leyla Torres on March 6, 2013

in -Action & toys, -Geometric, -Human, -Video Instructions, • How to & Techiques

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This paper puppet takes no time to make and will be a delight for the kids in your life. Parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles will love to make it! This talking puppet comes to join a collection of other fun paper toys featured in Origami Spirit.

The creative minds of two origami designers came together to create this delightful and easy paper puppet:

  • David Donahue came up with a double pyramid, which he uses as a card or iPhone stand.
  • Rikki Donachie turned the double pyramid into a delightful talking puppet by changing the direction of just one fold.

This is a great example of how to be creative with origami by applying a small transformation to a previously created figure. Looking for ways to modify existing models, and then visualizing what they can become is a way to start making our own origami figures.

This video will give you  instructions on how to turn the double pyramid into a paper puppet. In no time at all you will be playing with your students, your children, your grandchildren, your nephews or your nieces!

Materials needed  to make the paper puppet:

  • A square of paper 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm)
  • Access to this 4 minute video.
  • A marker to draw the eyes or two little paper circles and glue to paste them on.


Optional things to add to the puppet:

  • Paper ears
  • Hair made with paper or yarn
  • A tongue
  • A hat
  • A bow tie

Origami purists might wiggle about pasting tongue, eyes and hair to this puppet, but sometimes we have to sacrifice purism for the sake of having a lot of fun!

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vivien cooper March 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Love these puppets – thanks so much for sharing.


Belinda March 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Thank you, Leyla. My Origami Club kids had a great time making these this week!


Adrian March 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

I discovered it too!


Leyla Torres March 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

Congratulations Adrian! You are very creative, keep going!


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