Create a handmade puppet theater for kids using an Elmer’s Tri-Fold board, this is a great rainy day project and perfect for summer break.



Remember the Bumble Bee Photo Station I created for the twins 4th birthday party? 

Well, it seems to have inspired an Elmer's Tri-Fold Board "Can You Top This" Challenge.

As one of 6 project leaders for this challenge I was asked to create something new using an Elmer's Tri-Fold Display Board.

barnyard puppet theater

Having been on a recent Real California Milk Tour (yet to be blogged about), I guess I had cows on my mind when I came up with this idea.

The kids absolutely LOVE their new Barnyard Puppet Theatre.  

It was fairly simple to make, I cut a section out of the tri-fold board to create the window and glued pieces of raffia onto the sides to create windows.  The puppets were pre-cut and painted wood animals purchased at Michael's craft store and popsicle sticks were glued to the back of them. I then painted the tri-fold display board to resemble both a barn and puppet theater.

Onto the challenge.

My challenge to you is to come up with an Elmer's Tri-Fold Board project.  Any project.  Can't think of anything, well not to worry, here are a few things I thought of:

  • A science fair project
  • A book report for school
  • A backdrop for a nativity scene for the Holiday's
  • A chore chart for your children
  • A holiday calendar
  • A bean bag toss game
  • A display board for your kid's artwork

You can break down the board, you can cut it, glue things to it, paint it.  Whatever you like.  You just have to use it.  Does your child have a school project coming up?  Or do you want to make homemade gifts this year?  Perfect.  And where do you purchase these boards?  Walmart.  That's where.  And they are very reasonably priced and you have 2 options, a cardboard or foam version.  I used the foam version for both the Bumble Bee Photo Station and this project and I used the cardboard version for the Halloween Photo Station.

And why would you want to take me up on this challenge?

I'll give you two reasons.

  1. I will be choosing 5 tri-fold project board submissions to each receive a $100 gift card to Walmart
  2. The 5 winning designs will also be turned into a 'recipe card' and included on the Can You Top This site.

So here are the rules:

You must create a project using an Elmer's Tri-Fold Board

You need to include the instructions and materials used to create your project.

You do NOT need to have a blog to participate.  You can post your project as a public note on Facebook, or add a photo with details required on Flickr.

You must acknowledge that you are submitting your photograph to the Can You Top This challenge (with a link to either the Can You Top This site or my blog post) and use this hashtag #CanYouTopThis

That's it!

Once you have published your project on your blog, Facebook or Flickr, add a link below.

You have until December 1st at 9 pm (PST) to get your entries in.  So let's get crafting.


Oh and one last thing.  I mentioned that there are 6 project leaders in this challenge.  Let me introduce you to the other 5:

Sarah's Deals / Super Saving Sense / Dealusional / Confessions of an overworked mom / MamaBuzz


Disclosure: As a project leader for the Elmer's "Can You Top This" Challenge for Collective Bias, I am being compensated.

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Jane November 13, 2010 - 3:50 am

Ha ha! I ACCEPT your challenge! (You knew it was good timing, right?) 🙂

Tonya Staab November 13, 2010 - 9:11 am

Ha ha ha.  You know when you asked me how to make it, it really didn't even register, but then when I was typing the blog post yesterday, I was like hang on a minute ….  Cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Conny November 21, 2010 - 11:35 am

how fun!!! 🙂 I would have loved that as a little girl (and love it now as a “big girl”!).

Here’s my entry:

Becca -Our Crazy Boys November 22, 2010 - 1:12 pm

I like that you did a linky!! Fun way to enter 🙂

Thanks for hosting!

Susieqtpies November 24, 2010 - 5:09 am

How awesome! I had just made something using the boards! I’m addicted to these vinyl wall decals. Do we submit our same project on the other blogs or just one unique project per blog?

I tweeted @Susieqtpies


Tonya Staab November 24, 2010 - 11:41 am

By submitting your projects on the other 5 blogs, you are giving yourself more chances to win, however, you can only win on 1 blog – I hope that makes sense :).  Good luck.  I absolutely LOVED your project.

Janel C November 24, 2010 - 10:15 am

Okay I entered in the linky.. but thought you might need my email? Anyways… I posted on FB (Janel C.) and tagged you on it, but you can also find my project here:

I used a bi-fold foam board, as that was the size/shape that worked for the project I had in mind, hope that was okay!

janel_marie at yahoo dot com

Nicole November 29, 2010 - 12:50 pm

Finally finished & the boys LOVE it! Hopefully it helps with all of their questions…

Megen Parsons November 29, 2010 - 7:31 pm Reply
Tonya Staab November 29, 2010 - 7:53 pm

Hi Megen,

Thank you so much for your entry, unfortunately though I am unable to access it.  Have you made the note public?

Courtney Mora-Ludwig November 29, 2010 - 11:39 pm

Hi there – I came over from Super Saving Sense with Sara

So here is my facebook note with my project on it. I made a fireplace for The Grinch and his dog, Max. It serves as a barrier for my twins versus the cords under the TV stand. It could also work as a “fireplace” for those kids worried about Santa delivering presents.

Happy Holidays everyone ! Thanks for a chance to win a gift card !!

Bev November 30, 2010 - 7:49 am Reply
Christy November 30, 2010 - 3:40 pm

Here’s mine! I made a homework station.

Tonya Staab November 30, 2010 - 7:51 pm

Megen, I still cannot access your entry for some reason. I have even tried manually viewing it by going to your profile to see if there is a note showing on the sidebar, but there isn’t.

Megen Parsons November 30, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Yes I made it public, can you see it now?
Sorry about that

Erica December 1, 2010 - 8:28 am

, I posted my project on my website. I hope I did the hashtag right!
And just in case I didn’t do it right, I put it on FB also!

Melissa December 1, 2010 - 7:34 am

I entered up top…do I have to link it here as well? I guess I will just to be sure. I had a blast doing this!

Heather December 1, 2010 - 6:47 pm

Okay, we’re in! I made it in time. Whew!

William A. December 1, 2010 - 10:38 pm

I can’t figure out how to use a linky thing.

I am trying to enter my project for the can you top this contest.
here is my post

postcard printing April 21, 2012 - 9:01 pm

What a amazing and colorful and handmade Puppet,Its really great and so nice,You have done great work,I love this,If you have more ideas kindly update us.


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