We have a lot of puppets in our house, both handmade and store bought. The kids also love to role play. So for a while now I've been wanting to set up an area for them where they can put on puppet shows, play school, and do other role playing activities.

DIY puppet theater for kids and a fabulous puppet stand
I found a fantastic cabinet a couple of weeks ago at a local thrift store. I just had to have it, but at the time couldn't think of where to put it and thus couldn't justify purchasing it. And then it came to me a couple of days ago that it was the perfect height for a puppet theater, and the large open space inside was perfect for putting the kids cardboard puppet theaters and other handmade role playing items in, so I raced back to the store and thankfully it was still there. Plus, it was a steal at $19.99 and although there are a few chips in it, it's in quite good condition, and I love that the back is wood, not the flimsy board that is nailed onto the back of cheaper furniture. 

Cabinet to puppet stand
So after moving furniture around in the play room I made a little space for the cabinet and turned it around. I taped around the edge with painters tape, applied a sealer and then sprayed on 4 coats of Krylon Catalina Mist that I had left over from the spoon holder project. I then took to it with sandpaper for that worn, weathered look I love so much, and then applied a varnish over the top. I only painted the back because once the kids have outgrown their love of puppets and role playing I can then use the cabinet elsewhere in the house and the back of it can go up against a wall.

In my office I found a black picture frame that was laying around unused, and a piece of ply wood left over from a previous project. I painted the wood with 4 coats of chalkboard paint and then attached both the wood and frame to the cabinet with E6000 glue.

I had chipboard letters in my scrapbooking supplies, so painted those with silver acrylic paint and then with glitter paint, and attached them to the cabinet above the frame.

I wanted to put 'show time' on the chalkboard, but didn't have any white or colored letter stickers on hand that I really loved so I brushed a little white paint onto assorted alphabet stamps to create the words and they turned out great.

DIY puppet theater for kids
Now, do you see that amazing puppet stand to the right of the cabinet? That's a Floor Standing Bottle Rack from Create-ologie.  It's such a fantastic piece, and as soon as I saw it I had to have it. I knew it would be perfect for puppets. I even popped the kids handmade popsicle stick puppets into small silver buckets and was able to hang them on the rack too. 

bottle rack from Create-ologie
The kids can use the cabinet as is for puppet shows or place one of their cardboard puppet theaters (this one and this one) on top if they like.

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Disclosure: I received this Floor Standing Bottle Rack from Create-ologie and it's fabulous.

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