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Recycled Cereal Box Football Player Puppet

Get ready for the big game by making a football player puppet from a recycled cereal box and other supplies you have at home. Kids can show their team spirit by using their team’s colors and favorite player’s number on their puppet.

Recycled cereal box football player puppet

For this recycled cereal box football player puppet, you will need:

  • A recycled cereal box
  • A paper plate
  • Construction paper
  • 2 large googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • White glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue (parents only)

Football player puppet - make a helmet out of a paper plate

1. Draw a football helmet shape on the inside circle of a paper plate. We drew a large half-circle and then divided the bottom half of the helmet into a grid shape. Cut out with scissors (a parent might want to help with this).

2. On the back of the paper plate, color the top half of helmet with a marker in your team’s color.

Football player craft: helmet paper plate

3. Trace paper plate onto a piece of skin-colored construction paper, then cut out. Glue googly eyes and draw facial features onto construction paper circle. Glue face onto back of paper plate so it is peeking through the mask.

Recycled cereal box football player puppet

4. Open a cereal box carefully along seams. Trim bottom flaps off of box.

5. Cut construction paper in your team’s color to fit on bottom half of each side of box, and glue onto box. Glue skin-colored construction paper to cover top half of box.

6. Draw and cut your player’s jersey number onto a piece of construction paper in a contrasting color. Cut out and glue onto front of uniform.

Recycled cereal box football player puppet

7. Reassemble box by gluing seams with hot glue gun (parents only). Hold seams together until glue is cool (about ten seconds).

8. Glue helmet onto top front of puppet.

Recycled cereal box football player puppet craft

9. If desired, add a football made of brown construction paper to the front of the puppet.


Heather Mann is the mother of four boys, and is constantly on the lookout for fun games, activities, and recipes to keep her busy boys, well, busy. She designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts.