Gift Bag Puppets

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Upcycle small gift bags to create adorable animal hand puppets! These puppets are great for storytelling and are fun to make!


  • Neon Fuzzy Sticks
  • Rainbow Fuzzy Sticks
  • Glitter Fuzzy Sticks
  • Neon Poms
  • Wiggly Eyes 25mm
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue Gun ***May Require Adult Assistance
  • Small Gift Bags
  • Tissue Paper
  • Card Stock
  • Scissors
printDownload Template


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Step 2.

Remove the handles from all of the gift bags.

Step 3.

Cut a light brown fuzzy stick in half. Create half circles for the lion’s ears and glue them to the back of a small gold gift bag.

Step 4.

Glue a dark brown pom and two wiggly eyes to the front (side with the flap) of the small gold gift bag.

Step 5.

Download, print and cut out the provided template. To download the template, click the “Template” button above. Be sure to cut along the dotted line as well as the outside lines of the lion’s mane.

Step 6.

Lift the flap of the gift bag and glue on the smaller half of the lion’s mane.

Step 7.

Flip the bag over and glue the larger half of the lion’s mane to the back. Make sure the bottom of the mane is lined up with the top of the mane.

Step 8.

Tear up pieces of yellow and orange tissue paper. Crumple them and glue them to the mane template until it is completely covered.

Step 9.

Cut a white fuzzy stick in half and fold as shown to create two teeth for the lion.

Step 10.

Lift up the flap of the bag and glue on the white fuzzy stick “teeth”.

Step 11.

Set aside the lion puppet to dry. Grab a silver gift bag to create an elephant!

Put together (2) silver fuzzy sticks and form a backwards “3”, as shown. Put together (2) more silver fuzzy sticks and form a regular “3” for the other side.

Step 12.

On the back of the bag (the side without the flap), glue the silver fuzzy sticks to each side.

Step 13.

Wrap another silver fuzzy stick around your finger to create the elephant’s trunk.

Step 14.

Glue the curled silver fuzzy stick and two eyes onto the flap of the gift bag.

Step 15.

For the inside of the elephant’s ear use (2) pink fuzzy sticks and create a regular “3” and a backwards “3”.

Step 16.

Flip over the bag and glue the pink fuzzy sticks inside of the silver fuzzy sticks as shown.

Step 17.

Set aside the elephant puppet to dry and grab a lime green gift bag for a frog puppet!

Glue on (2) large lime green poms to the top of the flap.

Step 18.

Glue a wiggly eye onto each pom.

Step 19.

Form an accordion shape using half of a fuzzy stick.

Step 20.

Curl the end of the other half of the fuzzy stick.

Step 21.

Lift the flap and glue the red fuzzy stick underneath for the frog’s tongue.

Step 22.

Wear your puppets during story time or for imaginary play for hours of fun!