Pretend Play Puppet Theater / Storefront

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Free plans to build a wood tabletop puppet theater that easily converts to a storefront.  Tutorial by

Encourage pretend play with this versatile wood toy build!  Easily converting from a tabletop puppet theater to a storefront - children will love playing for hours.  It's a simple DIY project made with just one 1x6 board and some 1x3 pieces.  You can customize and personalize it to make it even more special.

And when play is all done, it all snaps in place with built in storage and a handle - so it's easy to transport and put away!

I teamed up with Jaime Costiglio to create this free project plan for you. 

Together we collaborate to bring you new gift plans every Friday in the weeks leading up to Christmas for our annual Handbuilt Holiday series - you can see all the plans we've shared over the years here.

I'm sharing the plans below, and Jaime Costiglio is sharing the build tutorial with lots more photos and build tips here.

Enjoy! Ana









Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long

1 - 1x3 @ 4 feet long

1/4" plywood @ 5-1/2" x 21-1/2"

3/8" dowels (just need a little bit)

magnetic clasp

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

2 - 1x6 @ 21-1/2"

2 - 1x6  16"

1 - 1X6 @ 19-3/4"

1 - 1X3 @ 20"

1 - 1X3 @ 19-3/4"

1- 1/4" PLYWOOD @ 5-1/2" x 21-1/2"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Build the 1x6 box.  3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws are recommended, but since we will be reinforcing the bottom with the 1x3, glue and 1-1/4" brad nails or 2" self tapping screws (try spax or similar) will work too.

Step 2

Attach 1x3 with glue and screws or nails.

Step 3

Attach plywood top piece with nails and glue.

Step 4

Build the flip over front.  

Step 5