American Girl Doll Stick Puppets | Upcycle Project with Cereal boxes and catalogs

We receive the American Girl Doll catalog whenever they come out and recycle it when we're through with it.  This time, though, we decided to do something fun with the catalog pages before we tossed it into the recycle bin.  We made stick puppets with them!

 We cut pictures out of the pages of a catalog and created stick puppets.  Future Fashionista loves these and always wants to do puppet shows now.

  This is a great craft, but requires a lot of parent help if you want precision cuts and outlines for your puppets.  But, it's fun to sit down with your kids and do this.  You can cut while they glue the pictures onto the cardboard.

 We started by cutting out the pictures of full dolls.  The American Girl catalog was great because they show their dolls standing.  After you cut out the pictures, glue the picture to the printed side of a cereal box with a glue stick.  

 That way the back of the puppet is plain cardboard.  Then cut around the picture again.  Glue a craft stick or popsicle stick to the back of the cardboard figure with Tacky glue and let dry.

You can also make them stand by cutting a slit in the bottom and putting a piece of cardboard with a slit in the top together to form a stand.

Now, I just need to find some boy catalogs to do some for The Builder!

Have you and your kids ever made stick puppets before?  What do you do with your old catalogs?

You could also recycle/upcycle your catalogs doing any of these crafts:


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