Last month on September 16th, my little boy Henrik turned 7. I can’t believe he’s getting so old! As some of you may already know, Henrik is a creative little boy and loves to make things with his hands. For the past two years Henrik has been really into making clay figures and creatures, we even did a claymation party last year. Lately Henrik has not been sculpting as much (which makes me sad), and all he wants to do is make puppets. He spends every spare moment looking at puppet books and researching new techniques to make puppets. I can’t keep up with him and his creations and puppet clippings, I find them EVERYWHERE. He has a very intense, and driven personality, I don’t know where he gets it from, ha!
This year we decided to do a puppet Birthday party for Henrik and his school friends. Being a social guy and considering everyone his friend, he wanted to invite his entire class. I helped him realize that inviting 20+ children might not be the best thing for his Mama’s sanity and helped him shorten the guest list to about 7-8 friends.
For Henrik’s birthday we gave him a few how to puppet books, some vintage muppets, and a puppet theater. I made the puppet theater from the Ikea Skylta market stand. I painted the entire stand in Martha Stewart’s Ink Encre Tinta chalkboard paint. I repainted over the red stripes on the roof in rust red, to make it look hand drawn. I also painted the sign that attaches to the stand in gold paint and black chalkboard paint. I sewed two simple curtains with two yards of black and white gingham fabric, using a tension rod to hold the curtains up. I also painted two strips of leather with red paint, and used snaps to fasten the curtains back. Henrik was so thrilled to see his new puppet theater and immediately started to perform a puppet show for us.
For the party we decided to keep the puppet making simple. We used fuzzy multicolored socks, googly eyes and felt. We let the kids cut and pick out all the pieces they wanted to make for their puppet, but left the hot gluing to the adults. It was so fun to see all the innovative little creatures they came up with. There was a white wolf, constantine, a cowboy, a blue monster, a puppet with a thick mustache, and a few more that I can’t remember.
After they had made their puppets we let them each perform a little puppet show for us.
Maja got a little overwhelmed with all these boys running around and had a little meltdown. It’s tough being the princess of the party.
Eventually she calmed down and joined the puppet show with her princess puppet.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun the kids had making their puppets and performing with them. We had so much fun doing it with them too.
The puppet performances were quite entertaining.
We even got a portrait of each of the kids with their puppets. I loved watching them interact with their creations. What sweet little boys.