Paper Bag Lion Puppet

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Today we are making this cute paper bag lion puppet! Using our free printable lion template makes this a super easy paper bag puppet craft.

paper bag lion puppet

This cute paper bag lion puppet is sure to bring a smile to your face! With just a few simple supplies, you can easily create this adorable creature that kids will love.

The best part? You don’t have to be an expert at sewing or crafting – just unleash your creativity and create something special with this adorable lion puppet!

These kinds of crafts are great for kids fine motor skills. And be sure to check out some of our other fun lion crafts like our 3D lion craft or our printable lion mask.


Colored craft paper: We used oranges and yellows, along with a bit of pink. You can use construction paper or just color in the template pieces with crayons or colored pencils and use those.

Lion puppet template: We provide the free template at the end of the craft tutorial.

Paper bag: Just the small lunch sack size, you can get a bunch of paper bags for cheap at the grocery store.

You’ll also need some basic craft supplies like:

  • Scissors
  • Black marker or pen
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue

How to Make a Paper Bag Lion Puppet

Grab and print out the template. Our lion template includes the head, the lion’s mane, tail and tip, nose, inner ear parts, the forehead, his paws and belly.

Trace out all the pieces onto colored papers and cut them out, or color them in with colored pencils before cutting out the pieces.

lion puppet template pieces

Begin by gluing the tip of the lions tail to the end of the tail piece. Then attach the nose the skinny part of the forehead piece. Then glue on the inner ear areas onto the ears of the lion’s head.

assembling lions face

Then attach the forehead piece in the middle top of the head.

attaching face to mane

Glue the head piece onto the center of the mane and using the black marker draw on his face, including eyes, a mouth and whiskers.

lions face with drawn eyes and mouth

Grab a piece of paper (we choose yellow) and cut it out to the shape of the paper bag to cover one side, like shown below.

paper bag

Then attach the paper to the bag, forming the lion’s body.

attaching yellow paper

Next, attach his paws to the bottom of the lion, along the open side of the bag.

attaching paws and belly

Then add his tail on one side, pointing it up.

attaching head to lion body

Attach the head onto the bottom flap of the bag, allowing kids to use him as a hand puppet, like shown below.

paper bag lion puppet craft

And that’s it! You have an adorable paper bag lion puppet!

paper bag lion craft
paper bag lion puppet

Grab the Free Lion Template

To grab the free paper bag lion template put your email in the box below. We’ll send the free printable straight to your inbox.

This is for personal or classroom use only please. Not for commercial use. Thank you!

Other Lion Activities

Looking for other fun lion crafts or activities? Check out our printable lion craft template, where you can cut out the pieces and build a lion.

Or our rainbow lion craft printable, where you can color in a rainbow lion and put him together. Or our lion crown printable that kids can decorate and wear.

paper bag lion puppet craft

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