Paper bag witch puppet

I wish you could have been there when I scared my kids with this witch-monster! They were just finishing up quiet time. Instead of walking into the room to tell them they could come out, I poked the witch-monster head around the corner and cracked my best spooky voice: “Hello, dearies . . . come out if you dare . . . muah ha ha HA!” They screamed for a split-second before breaking into a giggle fit. After Evie got to know her better, she named my witch-monster puppet Witchirina—like the cartoon Vampirina. I think it suits her. What do you think?

Here’s how you can make your own paper bag witch puppet with materials you may already have at home.


  • Paper bag

  • Acrylic paint + paintbrush

  • Orange tissue paper

  • Black foam

  • Green pom-pom

  • White, black and green cardstock

  • Sparkly white foam or cardstock

  • Scissors + glue


  1. Open the paper bag. Paint it and set it aside to dry completely.

  2. In the meantime, cut out a nose, mouth, and teeth from your green and white cardstock. Glue the pom-pom (the “wart”) to the nose.

  3. Make the hair! Fold a sheet of orange tissue paper in half, hamburger style. Then fold it hamburger style again. Starting at the long open end, cut the paper in strips, stopping about an inch from the center. Unfold the paper once. Twist and scrunch each strip to give the look of scraggly hair.

  4. Cut out a triangular hat from your black foam. Cut out eyes from your white and black cardstock.

  5. When your bag has dried completely, glue on the eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, hair, and hat (you’ll need lots of glue for the hair and hat!).

  6. Add a sparkly white strip (the “belt”) to your new witch friend.

  7. Go scare someone.