Director Jewels: Inside Out Joy Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

Monday, November 16, 2015

Inside Out Joy Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

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My kids love Inside Out and were so excited when I told them that the movie had been released on DVD. They've been clamoring to watch it again for months, so it's easy to say the level of joy of our home about this release has been high!

We talk about emotions a lot, so I've loved having this movie to help open up that conversation with the kids. We were excited to stop by Walmart and pick up a copy of the DVD, and some fun new toys from TOMY to help celebrate the film's release!


If you have a preschooler, you probably know that once they decide they like something, they develop small obsessions over certain characters and stories! My kids love being involved in craft projects, so we took the opportunity to put together an easy paper bag Joy puppet with supplies that we mostly already had in our craft stash.


Joy from Inside Out Paper Bag Puppet 
Supplies Needed

-White Lunch Sack
-Sparkly Blue and Yellow Paper (I had a 12x12 sheet of each, but didn't need all of it)
-1 Yellow Pipe Cleaner
-2 Large Googly Eyes
-Star or Starburst Stickers
-Giant Yellow Pom-Pom
-Blue Paper (for mouth, optional)
-Adhesive
-Scissors


Joy from Inside Out Paper Bag Puppet 
Instructions

1. Cut a piece of yellow sparkly paper into an 8.5"x7.75" rectangle. On the back, make a pencil mark just over 1.5" from each edge, at the top. Trim each side from the marks to the bottom at an angle, creating the curve of Joy's dress. Attach dress just under the bag fold.


2. Cut Pipe Cleaner in half. Use tape to attach one arm on each side of the bag. Make sure you tape inside the crease and not on the back of the bag.


3. Decorate the dress with starbursts or star stickers, if desired.


4. Add a yellow "memory" sphere. For mine, I found the biggest, most glittery pom-pom I had and stuck the pipe cleaner arms into it to hold it in place.


5. Okay, this part is tricky but bear with me! If I can freehand cut hair, so can you! Cut a 5.75"x5" rectangle. On one of the 5.75" sides, cut multiple jagged edges (Joy's hair over her forehead). Round off the top, but make sure to include a pointy spike of hair on one side! Attach to the bag with your adhesive.


6. Attach giant eyes with adhesive.

7. Cut a 4 1/2"x1 1/2" rectangle from the plain blue paper. Round off one side in the shape of a mouth and attach under the paper bag flap with adhesive.


And there you have it! These would be cute for a birthday party - let kids make a puppet of the character whose emotion they feel the most. Hopefully at a party, you would have a lot of kids wanting to make Joy!


You can grab your own copy of Inside Out at Walmart. Have you seen the movie yet? How do you talk with your kids about their emotions?

40 comments:

  1. What an ADORABLE puppet, and a great, easy way to get your kids to open up about their emotions! It's so difficult to get your kids to open up about the way their feeling sometimes, but sparkles, a puppet, and a funny voice often do the trick. #client

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    1. Thanks, Summer! It's true - a little bit of fun encouragement goes a long way in helping kids open up about their feelings.

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  2. very cute!! and a great idea for kids to make their favorite emotion!!

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  3. That is the cutest thing! I loved Inside out more than my kids I think. Joy was my favorite character.

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  4. This is the cutest Joy I've seen! I love it. We saw the movie and bought the DVD, too. Joy is my fave!

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    1. My kiddos love the DVD, we've already watched it several times.

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  5. That is such a sweet little puppet. I don't have little ones at home anymore so I have not seen the movie.

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  6. What a fun puppet! My kids love Inside Out and they would love to help me make puppets like this! So cute!

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  7. OMG, this is so cute. I love Joy but, Sadness is my favorite.

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    1. I love Sadness, too! I love all of the emotions to be honest. :)

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  8. oh my gosh, I love this and I just know my kids would have a ton of fun!

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  9. Aw, this is just adorable! I just checked out Inside Out so I'm excited!!

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  10. This is such a cute little tutorial, I just love inside out and can not wait to watch it again. It made me think what I was like as a kid dealing with different emotions

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    1. I love the way the movie opens conversations about emotions.

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  11. This is a fantastic tutorial!! I noticed that Joy was extremely popular among the masses for Halloween, so this tutorial is great!

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    1. I didn't see ANY emotions on Halloween, but I did see lots of costume ideas on Pinterest! Haha!

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  12. Oh how cute. My kids love doing crafts like this - and this one looks so cute, I'm sure they'd love to do something like this! - Jeanine

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  13. This is such a creative idea! We really loved the movie, so I know my daughter would really enjoy making this while we watch it at home!

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  14. My oh, that Inside Out paper bag puppet is so cute! I LOVED Inside Out and I'm so happy I have it on DVD now so I can watch it again and again <3

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  15. We love the character of Joy from this movie. What a cute puppet you made. My daughter would love it.

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  16. Great craft for the kids but if I do Joy we would have to do all of them because my daughter is obsessed with them

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    1. I know.... I'm thinking we need to make all the other characters, too.

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  17. What a cute craft to make with your kids. I still haven't seen this movie yet but I can see my kids loving it, especially if I included the craft!

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    1. It's one of my kids' favorites right now. Give it a try! :)

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  18. Such a cute craft idea! I haven't seen the movie yet but I'm really looking forward to doing so soon....it looks so good.

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  19. Such a cute and easy craft idea. My daughters would love this, they are obsessed with Inside Out. Thank you for sharing.

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