Paper Bag Pumpkin Puppet For Kids [Free Template]

Does your family love Halloween and pumpkin carving? If so, they’re going to love creating these homemade paper bag pumpkin puppets. These puppets are not only a simple pumpkin craft for kids, but they also keep the little ones entertained while working on their creativity and anxiously anticipating Halloween!

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  • Brown paper bag
  • Card stock (in black, orange, and green)
  • Orange marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Jack O'lantern face template (download form located at the end of the post)


  1. Trim off about 2″ of the bottom of the brown paper bag to make the total length about 8.5″.
  2. Cut out two rectangles from the orange card stock. One rectangle will be for the pumpkin head, measuring 5″ wide by 3.5″ tall. The other rectangle will be for the pumpkin body, measuring 5″ wide by 7″ tall. Keep in mind, this is for a standard paper bag. Measure your paper bag to be sure you're cutting the right-sized paper.
  3. Glue the larger rectangle underneath the paper bag flap and to the bottom of the bag.
  4. Glue the smaller rectangle onto the top of the paper bag flap.
  5. Using a ruler and the orange marker, draw straight lines down the length of the paper bag pumpkin puppet.
  6. Download the jack o'lantern face pieces and print them on the black card stock. Cut out the shapes if your child is too young to do it themselves.
  7. Glue the eye and the nose onto the orange flap.
  8. Glue the mouth onto the main “body” section, just below the flap.
  9. Cut out a rectangle from the brown card stock and glue it behind the bag, at the top of the head.
  10. Cut out a thin, long rectangle, about .75″ wide and 5″ long, from the green card stock for the pumpkin's leaf.
  11. Wrap the green paper around a pencil or your finger to curl it.
  12. Glue the leaf to the top of the paper bag flap, near the stem.
  13. You're all done!

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This paper bag pumpkin puppet is a fun and simple Halloween craft for kids of all ages!

Adapting This Craft For Kids Of All Ages

Want to make this pumpkin craft with the whole family? No problem! We've got recommendations on how to make this craft suitable for children of all ages.

  • Toddlers: For toddlers, we suggest having all the pieces pre-cut and having the orange base already glued to the paper bag. Alternatively, instead of using a brown paper bag, you can buy an orange paper bag and skip this step entirely. From there, you can help your child use the glue stick and position the eyes, nose, and mouth onto the bag. To make it really easy, just leave off the stem and leaf.

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  • Preschool or Kindergarten: Children in preschool or kindergarten will be able to do more steps. With the help of an adult, they can use a ruler to draw the orange lines on the card stock or cut out simple shapes like the stem and leaf. Most likely, they'll need to have the jack o'lantern pieces already cut out for them to glue. If you want to make it more simplified, you can let them draw the eyes, nose, and mouth on with a black marker instead.

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  • Grade School: Older children in grade school will likely be able to do this craft with minimal adult assistance. They can cut out their own facial expressions, draw the lines themselves, and glue everything together without help.

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