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Friday, March 19, 2010

Thrifty Theatrics of the Puppet Sort

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm on the planning committee for my son's parochial school's big Spring Fundraising Gala, and I decided to throw my thrifty creativity toward creating some cool and different items for this year's Silent Auction at the event.  The first that I committed to was the Tres Chic Play Kitchen.  Then, this item came my way from someone on FreeCycle.org:


Months ago, I saw Beckie at Infarrantly Creative make an adorable puppet theater from an old hutch/bookshelf thingy. Genius!  I knew right away that this bookshelf headboard would make a fantastic puppet theater.  Knowing that I, myself, have no room whatsoever for anything of the sort in my house, I thought that I could make this for the school's silent auction as well!  I get a project, and the school gets some moola!  Win/win...

It really needed very little structural work in order to make it over into puppet theater form.  I just got a small piece of beadboard cut for the front and nailed that on and removed the back from the top portion.  Like Beckie's, mine was a little top heavy and none-too-steady.  I wouldn't want to crush any little Catholic School kiddo while they were attempting to act out some story for their Grandparents in their living room, so I jig sawed some boards down to an arch shape and attached them to the sides for added stability.

After those minor alterations, all it needed was paint.  I chose Cherry Red from Krylon, which is a really fantastic, deep red.  This was my first time using this color, and I'm a now a huge fan.  After a coat of black glaze, I was in love.  I have to recommend, if you'd like to keep your sanity when working with reds, do yourself a favor and use gray primer.  It makes the job so much easier!  It only took one coat and a touch up here and there after the gray primer.

And if you want a glorious color combination, try paring the Cherry Red with Blue Ocean Breeze, also from Krylon.  I painted the chalk board marquee frame with this fave color (it was leftover from the Turquoise Chair), and it was the perfect accent to the deep red!  I hand-painted the "Presenting" and flourishes, and the marquee is ready to announce the latest production!

I used a little turquoise bucket that I had around and painted on "Puppets" and some flourishes with some red acrylic.  It holds some hand puppets I bought from Amazon for the occasion.

Also made a little curtain out of some vintage fabric that I found at the thrift store, held up with an el-cheapo expansion rod.

Voila!!






Hope you're inspired to start looking at old things in new ways!

Craftily Yours,



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25 comments:

  1. I couldn't love it more! That is just fabulous!!!!!! I am really starting to love the turquoise and red paired together and I LOOOOOOOVVEE the Ocean Breeze spray paint! Great job!

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  2. so very very cute!~I love it:)

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  3. You just never cease to amaze me. I can't believe the stuff you come up with.
    Great job!
    Brooke

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  4. that is amazing!!! i want to try that for my kids. my husband just said it would definitely last longer than the IKEA cardboard one they broke within a week of getting. and it would be so much cuter and more personal! i may be asking you for help- really incredible!!

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  5. Oh my! This is really, really, really great! I just love it, and have already sent the link to several friends!

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  6. Wow! That is so neat. I love the color combination. What a great transformation. I would have never been able to think of that. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Visiting from Funky Junk's SNS.
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Amy

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  7. What?!? This is the most amazing creation I think I've ever laid eyes on. I have to go stare at it again. And again. Better yet, I'll just put you on the SNS sidebar for the entire weekend so I can stare at it there. I love being moderator. :)

    Awesome! So awesome! Thanks for linking up!
    FJ Donna

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  8. Were you able to put this absolutely cute thing in the auction! To inspirational for words. Love it.

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  9. Oh, my kids would LOVE this! Nice job!

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  10. That is so fantastic! They will be blown away at the auction!

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  11. I have to say that is the BEST puppet theatre I've seen. You did a FABULOUS job. I absolutely love the colour choices! Amazing!

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  12. Fabulous! It turned out spectacular!!

    Judy@cutest-little-things

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  13. My 3 year old son would LOVE that! What a fabulous job you did. You must be an awesome mom.

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  14. That is so adorable! I know my parents have a headboard just like that in their attic!

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  15. How fun is that!! I just made one with pressure rods to fit the doorway - this is way better!!

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  16. How great is this! These come up all the time where I live. I'm gonna have to snag one up and do this!

    Fantastic!

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  17. Oh my word...sooooo cute! I love the presenting sign. Very creative.

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  18. Wow! This is incredible. You definitely went above and beyond simple re-purposing with the beadboard and gorgeous paint colors. Love the "Presenting" board as well. I'll be on the lookout for one of these headboards when I'm thrifting now. :)

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  19. I saw the puppet theater on Mustard Seed Creations and I had to see more. You definately think out of the box. I had to become a follower to see what you will come up with next.

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  20. I too love those colors! This project is so cute.

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  21. This is toally AWESOME! What a fun thing for kids to play with!

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  22. This is a fantastic transformation. I just adore the red - perfect color and fabulous finish. and the turquoise is gorgeous! Amazing job - Thanks for sharing. Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

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