Here's the way I made my Spooky Theater. The simple, basic design is easily adapted to your own interpretation with choice of color scheme, lettering style, stage curtain, and purchased or home made decorative accents.
Cardboard boxes (approximate sizes)
If you don't have a close size, you can build one with smaller boxes and duct tape. Boxes are covered with paper so inside construction won't show.
- 19" x 23" x 28" high for base
- 7.5" x 4.5" x 36" long for beam (got a 3 foot long Subway sandwich box? use it!)
- 5" x 10" x 12" high for spider dome
- approximate 2" diameter, 30" long (6)
- Orange to cover base and dome. Black to cover beam. Extra, including purple, to cover 6 cardboard wrapping paper tubes. Bulletin board paper or corrugated recommended.
- Halloween prints and black, orange and purple solid for letters, pennants, and stage floor
- 20" x 30" black
- Paper spider, 7" x 9" and paper web, purchased (or other decorations)
- Purple metallic table skirt fringe, 29" (substitute Halloween print fabric if desired)
- Wood spools and 2" stars (2 of each) painted neon green
- Craft glue
- Craft knife
- Masking Tape
2. Cover the 2 other boxes, but "gift wrap" those on all sides.
3. Cover all 6 wrapping paper tube. Secure with glue. Cover 4 of them with orange, 2 with purple. Accent purple with black paper stripes. (See photo.)
4. Glue 2 orange tubes together, side by side, then place a purple one on top and glue it down to make a sturdy triple post for the stage. Repeat for second post.
5. Place the foam board on top of base. Center it so there is about 1" overhang at front of base and about 3" at sides. Place the posts on top of base to determine position. The front orange tube should be about 3.25" from each side, 7" from front and 9" from back. Posts should be about 16" apart, with purple tubes facing inside. Trace each post bottom with pencil when it is in proper position.
6. Remove foam board and use craft knife to cut out opening along traced lines. Return board to base, push point of knife into cardboard box and duplicate the opening. Insert one end of each post into base, as shown.
7. Use 36 purple paper squares, 2" each, to make a checkerboard pattern and glue them down.
8. Glue the neon green painted stars on top of the spools and glue each one to center front of each post, between 10" and 11" from bottom.
The star spool will hold the curtain back on each side during performances.
Trace shape of each post on underside of beam, then cut a little smaller than pencil lines with craft knife so posts will fit snugly into openings.
10. Remove beam, measure metallic fringe curtain and cut it to match width of stage opening. Center the fringe on beam and staple it to bottom along back edge. Replace beam. Adjust posts so curtain sweeps stage floor, as shown on photo.
11. Position the orange box so it is centered on top of beam, 12" high, and glue down.
13. Make a garland of 6 letter pennants using the same method, but cut the initial rectangle 5.5" square for the "spooky" pattern. Make a third garland of seven 4.5" wide x 10" long pennants. (See photo for color ideas.)
14. Use purchased stencils or make a set of them on Word for letters. I used font AR Christy, 3.5" lower case for "spooky" and 4.5" upper case for "Theater."
15. Glue smaller triangles, centered, to larger ones and then top off with letters. Cut 1" paper circles from contrasting colors and glue to points of all triangles and to dome garland for eyes.
16. Use craft glue to attach the two top garlands as shown in photo. Use strips of masking tape to attach larger pennants to front edge of stage table.
17. Glue spider to front of dome. Glue paper web to each side of box.
- White kid's size tube sock (size 6-8.5)
- Thin white yarn, 12" length
- Small scraps of black paper
- Pom pom, orange, 1/2"
- Bow tie dried pasta
- Acrylic paint, white, orange, black
- Paintbrush, fine point
- Craft glue
2. Cut 2 freehand oval shapes from black paper, each about 3/4" long.
3. Use paintbrush to dot each eye with white.
4. Paint pasta either black or orange and decorate with dots.
5. Glue everything on puppet as shown in photo.
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