Paper Castles & Triple Headed Dragons

After a very busy day adventuring yesterday we decided to lay low today and relax. On these down days I feel even more pressure to complete my Make Stuff Up Challenge. It’s one thing to fumble it on a busy day, but little excuse on a day like this. Except, of course, for my total lack of motivation. Or so I thought…

DIY Puppet Show

DIY Paper Puppets

I had figured by 5:30 my window had closed until, completely unsolicited, Jack said “remember those paper dragons you used to make me, can we make those again” and just like that, inspiration ignited. Though really it was all Jack, I was just executing on the idea. The paper dragon idea expanded to include a castle, a princess, guards, and an entire slew of items we set out to make.

Jack and I worked as a team, he would tell me what he wanted, I would draw it. He would color it, I would cut it out and tape a stick to it. It was a blast and maybe the most creative thing we’ve done together. And it’s not over. He has a whole puppet show script he’s formulating in his head. He’s the producer & director, actor and sound FXs (Dragon fire explosions being his speciality)… I am the set designer. Elise isn’t as focused on it, but will participate as the occasional actress, co-director, and coloring assistant.

Watching Jack get so excited, inspired, proud, and hands-on with it made me smile from deep within.

I have been tasked with making the following: a queen, a king, a prince with a sword in sheath, a dragon cave, a dungeon, and a jester. Clearly this won’t happen tonight so I’ll follow up as the puppet collection grows but for now, here’s what we made up tonight.

This is all it took.

This is all it took.


Jack's vision, a 3-headed fire breathing dragon with a spiky ball tale so I drew this.

Jack’s vision, a 3-headed fire breathing dragon with a spiky ball tale so I drew this.

I sketched this guy and then photo copied him a bunch of times.

I sketched this guy and then photo copied him a bunch of times.


Elise coloring her princess.

Elise coloring her princess.


Jack coloring his dragon.

Jack coloring his dragon.

Imagination igniter.

Imagination igniter.

I made the castle out of card stock and tape and the puppets are card stock, tape, BBQ skewers.

I made the castle out of card stock and tape and the puppets are card stock, tape, BBQ skewers.

2 thoughts on “Paper Castles & Triple Headed Dragons

  1. I’m inspired!! Gonna have to do this with Logan and Charlotte. Perhaps Jack can put on a show for the neighborhood peeps?

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