Chicken Marionette DIY Egg Carton Craft March 27, 2015
When it gets to be the holidays, I get to feeling crafty. While my chickens have started laying again like crazy (thank goodness!), it seems like a bad time to waste egg cartons on crafts. But I don’t let that stop me! I decided to make a chicken marionette out of egg cartons.
I’ll need to make my chicken marionette a few companions before I can put on a show, but I’m pleased with the way she turned out.
What I used to craft my chicken marionette
- Egg cartons: Use any color carton, or a combination! My cartons are an undyed, natural color, but if you’re crafting with kids, you may want to have different colors on hand.
- Yarn, thread, fishing line, or twine: I used yarn. (It probably would have looked a little better if I’d used fishing line to string the chicken marionette to the control bars, but I haven’t gotten my fishing poles out this season, yet!)
- Glue: I used carpenters glue, but regular old school glue would work fine. A hot glue gun would have been easy, too, and wouldn’t have required so much drying time. If you’re using construction paper in your version, a glue stick would work well.
- Googly eyes: Glue them on… or don’t use bought eyes. Just draw or paint eyes on, in a pinch.
- Sticks: Popsicle sticks work–I used paint stirrers, since I had some on hand. In a pinch, you can also use, well… just sticks.
- Color: I used markers, but you could also use crayons, paint, or even food coloring. Alternatively, you could cut out bits of construction paper.
- Tools: I used sharp scissors and a yarn needle.
If you don’t have a yarn needle, you’ll need something with which to poke holes through the carton… for instance a skewer. But keep in mind that you don’t want the holes to be too big, or you’ll have to make a zillion knots to keep the string from coming through!
Your chicken marionette can be made a number of different ways, but what I did was this.
Head: For her noggin, I glued two cups together with a center cone for her beak.
Body: I simply used four eggs’ worth of carton for the body.
Feet: I fashioned each foot from a single cup.
Tail: I used several cups slipped inside one another, and placed some inside the carton, sticking out, and others on top, for a fuller tail. If I’d been making a rooster, the tail would have been longer and more elaborate! You could also decorate a tail with fallen feathers, or fake feathers made from construction paper or card stock.
When your pieces are ready, string everything together: attach the feet and head to the body with yarn, then attach the whole chicken to the control bar. I attached the feet to the left and right cross bars, the head to the forward bar, and the tail to the rear bar. Then i attached the body to the center of the cross.
Tips when building your Chicken Marionette:
If you’re gluing anything closed, such as the head or body, be sure to run your string first, as it may be harder once your piece is fixed shut. Just think everything through so you don’t create extra work! On the other hand, it won’t be the end of the world if you do make a mistake. After all, it’s just an egg carton!
If you do poke a hole that’s too large and your string won’t stay attached, you might consider tying a washer to the end to keep the end inside the carton where it’s supposed to be.
Make a couple of these, and your family is ready for a puppet show! For a stage, you can drape a blanket, towel, or drop cloth across a doorway–or better yet, a poster board! This will be the backdrop for your production. Stand behind it, with the marionettes in front.
We’d love to see your work! Send us links to any family friendly videos of your chicken marionette productions–or photos of the marionettes you made–and we may post them on our Facebook page!
Break a leg!