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)
- 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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