Elephant Paper Bag Puppet Crafts for Kids

This elephant paper bag puppet is so cute and fun for kids to play with. Animal puppets are one of the favorite choices for many kids using just a simple paper bag. You can color your bag to match your animal or buy a bag in the color you want.

Although we made our elephant craft a pretty pink you can pick a traditional gray or a fun color of your choice. This kids craft idea is easy, quick to make and inexpensive. You can even try making more zoo animals and create a zoo puppet show for your friends or family.


  • 2 Pink Paper Bags
  • Pink Construction Paper or Cardstock
  • Purple Paper
  • 2 Pink Pipe Cleaners
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Purple Marker
  • Glitter Glue
  • Wiggle Eyes

How to Make an Elephant Paper Bag Puppet

Step 1: Place one pink bag on the table with the flap side up. The flap will be the elephant’s mouth.

Step 2: Draw an Elephant’s head using pink paper. Next draw out two elephant legs and arms. Now draw out the elephant ears using darker pink paper. Draw out smaller elephant ears using the same pink paper as the head. You can use this paper bag template here for the elephant’s body pieces.

Step 3: Now glue on all the elephant’s head pieces to the paper bag. Glue the head to the flap. Glue the two ear pieces together (bigger pink on bottom and the smaller pink on top). Glue the completed ear to the side of the elephant’s head.

Step 4: Glue each of the arms on the side of the bag. Open the bag slightly and glue to the inside front part of the bag inside the fold. Glue on both legs to the inside front of the bag.

Step 5: Complete your elephant’s face by gluing on wiggle eyes (or you can just draw the eyes on the head). Take the second pink bag and place a pipe cleaner on one edge of the bag. Now fold the paper bag about 1/2″ over and over to form the trunk. Bend the bag to shape the trunk and glue it to the head to make the trunk.

Step 6: Accessorize your elephant paper bag puppet. We created a cute purple bonnet and cut out a flower to glue to the top of the bonnet. Then we glued the hat on the elephant’s head. Next we drew on the finger nails using a purple marker and then filled in the nails with pretty purple glitter glue for finger nail polish.

Step 7: Let the glue dry on your puppet and then simply slip your hand through the bag and place your fingers in the flap. To move your puppet, simply move your fingers.

You can have hours of fun pretending to be an elephant with your paper bag puppet crafts for kids. As you move the flap back and forth, just make a big elephant sound and stomp your feet like in a stampede.