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Home visit: make a puppet theater from an old box

When you’ve unboxed your new buy, don’t bin the cardboard! With a little imagination, paint and fabric, you can turn it into a showstopping puppet theater. Watch the video to see how easy it is!

Two puppets in front of a colored backdrop inside a candy-striped cardboard frame.
Two puppets in front of a colored backdrop inside a candy-striped cardboard frame.

    DIY puppet theatre

    It’s a quick job! Get a cardboard box, scissors, brushes, paint (we used MÅLA fluorescent paints in happy brights), fabric, string and a marker. Cut off the back of the box but keep the sides so it stands up. On the front, draw your stage’s shape then cut it out. Decorate. Make your curtains (stitch or tape a seam to thread the string through). Hang curtains and ta-da, the stage is set.

    Use your imagination

    What can you do with a cardboard box? This was a question that inspired our puppet theater. We were visiting Hannah, Per and their kids Jack, Lo and Juno. Dad (Per) was up for the challenge and did the “sharp tool” work while Lo painted (Juno did a stripe too!) and Jack was the puppeteer who entertained us all with tales of the adventurous owl.

    We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA limited warranties and your right to return the products will be lost.

    Made by
    Interior stylist: Pernilla Warnhammar
    Photographer: Nato Welton