Marionettes – Puppet Cut Files

Most of my paper crafts come with no strings attached, but I can’t say the same for today’s design. But, if you can get past that fact, then you are sure to love these die cut, fairytale marionettes!



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When I was a kid, one of my very favorite places to visit was the local children’s museum. Everything about it was so magical and fun! Whenever I got to go, I would make a beeline to my two favorite activities: (1) tissue paper flower-making (go figure), and (2) the marionettes!

Recently, I was reminiscing about those visits to the children’s museum, and I remembered how much fun it was to put on plays with the marionettes. And thus, this project was born!


I could have gone a lot of different directions with these puppets; but, in the end, I settled on a fairytale theme. Mostly because I wanted to create this dragon.


Besides the normal supplies of cardstock, glue, and a cutting machine, here are a few other things you will need for this papercraft:

  • Paper-fasteners/Brads (the smaller the better)
  • String
  • Sticks (for the handles)

I found the super tiny brads I used at Michael’s, but you can get similar ones on Amazon. They work perfectly for creating the “joints” for each of the characters and allow them to move freely. As for the handles, I just used wooden cake pop sticks and a bit of gold thread. Because the dragon is bigger, I used two handles for him.


I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy putting my die cut marionettes together. And don’t forget to share your fun finished projects with me on Instagram!

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12 Comments on Marionettes – Puppet Cut Files

  1. stéphanie
    June 29, 2022 at 5:25 am (2 years ago)

    No comment ? really ? you’re too creative and generous, thank you so much Mandy, it’s always such a pleasure to discover a new blog post from you !

    • Mandee
      June 30, 2022 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

      Aww, well thank you for being the first to comment on this one. I’m so glad you enjoy work!! ❤️

  2. Patricia
    July 4, 2022 at 3:53 pm (2 years ago)

    You have the most wonderful designs! I love poking around your page and discovering wonderful things. You are so talented, appreciate all you do for us!

    • Mandee
      July 6, 2022 at 10:13 am (2 years ago)

      Aww, thank you Patricia! I’m glad you enjoy my work!!

  3. Melanie Siganos
    July 4, 2022 at 7:09 pm (2 years ago)

    How adorable! I can’t download it because I just have my iPhone. Will it work on a silhouette? It’s amazing! Thank you for being so kind to people. These are so cute!

    • Mandee
      July 6, 2022 at 10:46 am (2 years ago)

      You should still be able to download the design, even on your mobile device. You just might need an app to extract the file. And yes, you can cut the design with a Silhouette machine. 😊

  4. Denise
    July 7, 2022 at 3:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Is there a tutorial on the marionettes? I think this would be very helpful. Thank you for the beautiful crafts you give to us. It gives me so much joy to finish one of your amazing crafts.

    • Mandee
      July 7, 2022 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m so glad you like my designs! I don’t have a tutorial for this project, unfortunately. Sorry! I’ve limited the number of tutorials I include in order to put out more designs. But, if you look at the SVG file itself (preview it with your computer’s image software), then you should be able to get an idea of how the pieces fit together. 🙂

  5. Karen
    September 11, 2022 at 5:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t seem to download it onto Silhouette. Any tips?

    • Mandee
      September 12, 2022 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Karen! If you are a Silhouette user, then you will need the Designer Edition of their software in order to make use of the SVG files I share. Or, if you can use a file conversion tool to change the SVG files to a type recognized by the software you currently use. 🙂

  6. Rosemary
    March 12, 2024 at 5:26 am (3 months ago)

    Hello Mandee

    Thank you very much for your wonderful puppets. I’m a drama teacher and I’m going to use them in one of my classes.

    • Mandee
      March 14, 2024 at 8:38 am (3 months ago)

      How fun! I’m so glad that you will be able to put my puppets to good use in your class!!


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