Pirate Paper Bag Puppet - a Fun Pirate Craft for Kids

This pirate paper bag puppet is such a fun pirate craft for preschoolers and toddlers! They will have so much fun helping you make a pirate puppet and playing with it for countless hours after it's finished. This is the perfect pirate craft for kids! We have included a pirate puppet template to make this pirate craft even easier. Just download and print the free printable template and follow the step by step directions to make your own set of pirate puppets!


Pirate paper bag puppet - a fun pirate craft for kids with free pirate puppet printable template. An easy pirate activity for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.


Are you looking for more fun pirate crafts? Your toddlers and preschoolers will have so much fun making this pirate treasure chest from an egg carton! Or if you're looking for more paper bag crafts, they'll love making this mermaid paper bag puppet.


Pirate Paper Bag Puppet - a Fun Pirate Craft for Kids

Below you'll find step by step directions to make this pirate craft using our free printable pirate puppet template! This pirate craft would be perfect for a party or playdate with your toddler or preschooler. They'll have so much fun helping you make a set of pirate puppets and even more fun playing with them!

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Supplies for the pirate puppet craft


  • Pirate Puppet Template
  • Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Paper Bags
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black Marker
  • Gold Glitter Foam Sheet or Gold Glitter Cardstock

How to make the pirate puppet craft


STEP 1: Gather all the supplies


Before you get started, I recommend rounding up all the supplies for the pirate craft. This makes making the pirate paper bag puppets much easier - especially when you have toddlers and preschoolers involved!

Along with gathering the supplies, make sure you have your pirate puppet template downloaded and printed out. You can get it by scrolling down below.

pirate puppet


STEP 2: Create the shirt and belt of the pirate craft



Once you have your pirate puppet template downloaded and printed out, it's time to cut it out!

After you've done that, cut large squares of paper and glue them onto the paper bag. You'll want to glue on the side that the square bottom flaps up.

Next, glue strips of coloured paper onto the bags to give the shirts some stripes.  (see image below) You'll also want to glue a brown strip of paper across the bag to give the pirate puppet a belt.

Make sure to trim off any excess paper from the edges using your scissors.

pirate craft



STEP 3: Create the vest or hat for the pirate puppet


Some of the pirate paper bag puppets have a vest or hat. For the pirate puppet with the vest, you're going to fold a piece of paper in half and create a jagged vest. You'll want to cut all the way around in order to create two identical pieces. Then, glue the vest onto the pirate's shirt. Use additional paper to add more details.
pirate paper bag puppet

For the pirate puppet with the hat,  you're going to fold a white piece of paper in half and cut a "fluffy" shape out, somewhat resembling a cloud. Unfold the paper and glue onto the pirate's shirt.


STEP 4: Create the belt for the pirate paper bag puppet


Now, cut rectangles from gold glitter foam or cardstock and glue them onto the pirate puppet's belts. Cut a small rectangle from black paper and glue into the center of the belts.

pirate craft for kids


STEP 5: Create the head pieces for the pirate craft


Next, you are going to create the head piece for the pirate puppets. Trace the head template onto flesh colored paper, then cut out and glue it on the top of the paper bag.

Once you've done that, trace the bandana template onto your desired coloured paper, then cut out and glue onto the top of the pirate's heads. Cut some pieces of coloured paper to add accents to the bandanas as pictured below.

After you've done that, cut hair pieces from coloured paper and slip it under the bandana or hat while the glue is still wet. Cut some earrings from gold glitter foam or paper and glue them onto the pirates ears.

pirate puppets. An easy puppet craft for kids


STEP 6: Create final details for the pirate puppet


For the pirate with the hat, trace the hat template onto black paper and cut it out. Add yellow accents with paper and use white paper to create a skull and crossbone and then glue the hat together. Then, glue the hat onto the top of the pirate's head.

pirate puppets. An easy puppet craft for preschoolers

Trace the eye template onto white and black cardstock, then glue the eyes together and glue them onto the pirate's face. 

For the pirate with the hat, trace the mustache template onto paper and then cut it out and glue onto the pirate's face. For the girl pirate, use the black paper to add eyelashes to her eyes. Use a black marker to add a nose, mouth, and beard stub on the boy pirates.

Trace the sword or hook template onto cardstock, cut it out, glue together, and then glue onto the side of your pirate puppets.

Pirate Paper Bag Puppet - a Fun Pirate Craft for Kids


You now have a set of super fun pirate paper bag puppets that your toddler or preschooler is going to love not only making but playing with for endless hours! There's even a template for a parrot if you want to add one to your pirate crew!

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free pirate puppet printable template

Pirate paper bag puppet - a fun pirate craft for kids with free pirate puppet printable template. An easy pirate activity for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.


Your toddlers and preschoolers will have a blast helping you make this pirate craft! This is such a fun paper bag craft and the template makes it SO EASY! Kids will love helping you make a set of pirate puppets and have endless fun engaging in play long after!

Don't forget your pirate paper bag puppets don't have to look exactly the same as those in the pictures, be creative with this pirate craft and come up with your own individual pirate puppets!  

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