Paper Bag Butterfly Puppets

Paper Bag Butterfly Puppet


Students will make butterfly puppets using paper bags.

Goals for Learning:

  • Three-dimensional shapes are called forms.
  • Puppets can be used to tell stories.


  • 25.A.1d Visual Arts: Identify the elements of line, shape, space, color and texture; the principles of repetition and pattern, and the expressive qualities of mood, emotion, and pictorial representation.
  • 26.B.1d Visual Arts: Demonstrate knowledge and skills to create visual works of art using manipulation, eye-hand coordination, building and imagination.
  • 26.A.1e Visual Arts: Identify media and tools and how to use them in a safe and responsible manner when painting and constructing.
  • 27.B.1 Know how images, sounds and movement convey stories about people, places, and times.

What You Need:

What You Do:

  1. Using one or two sheets of tissue, fold in half and twist in the middle to create two wings. Teacher will tape to back of puppet.
  2. Student will use markers to create a face on the top section of the sack. Sticker features could be used.
  3. Pipe cleaner antenna could be added with tape and glue.

Note: This project is teacher intensive.


  • A variation could be to cut out wings from construction paper and add marker patterns.
  • For older students, I have them fold paper in half and draw a letter “B” on the fold. We cut it out and create wings.
  • Create wings (letter “B”) and copy on colored copy paper and then add marker design.
  • Use a book about butterflies to tell a story, or write a story as a class.

Image: Kids & Glitter

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