DIY Bedtime Story Shadow Puppets

DIY Printable Shadow Puppet Bedtime Stories

We take bedtime stories pretty seriously in our home. The slightest hint of a yawn sends the kids scrambling for a stack of their favorite books, which never seem to be enough and leaves them begging for “just one more” as they drift off into sleep. Who can blame them? The stories are as important as any other basic necessity of life, transitioning us from the realities of the day to the imaginary world of dreams.

On any given night, your sure to find at least one desperate reader hiding under the blankets with a flashlight. So when Energizer asked us to check out their new collection of LED flashlights, we decided to combine two favorite childhood pastimes—enjoying stories and playing with flashlights—to create a collection of printable bedtime story shadow puppets.

Grab a flashlight, turn off the lights, and get ready to bring your bedtime stories to life!

DIY Printable Shadow Puppet Bedtime Stories

What You Need

  • Shadow puppet printables (download cabin & bear here, owl & rabbit here)
  • Portable light source (we used the Energizer® LED 3 in 1 Light and Energizer® LED Pop Up Lantern)
  • Four paper straws, pencils, or wooden craft dowels to use to control the puppets
  • Two sheets white (or light-colored) card stock
  • Two sheets black card stock
  • Glue stick or spray adhesive (recommended)
  • Scissors (or craft knife)
  • Printer
  • Tape
DIY Printable Shadow Puppet Bedtime Stories

Step 1
Download the shadow puppets templates using the links provided above and print on white or light-colored card stock. Use spray adhesive or glue stick to attach a sheet of black card stock to the back of each template. Cut out the shapes.

DIY Printable Shadow Puppet Bedtime Stories

Step 2
Attach your handle of your choice (we ended up using party straws) to the back of each shadow puppet using a small piece of tape.

DIY Printable Shadow Puppet Bedtime Stories

Step 3
It’s time to set up the lights and start the show! The Energizer LED flashlights were well-suited for our needs. The folding tripod legs turned the Energizer® LED 3 in 1 Light into the ultimate mini floor stage light, while the handy Energizer® LED Pop Up Lantern was perfect for situations where we needed to hang the light.

DIY Printable Shadow Puppet Bedtime Stories

All said and done, the new Energizer LED flashlights were big hits in the hands of our children. We highly recommend checking them out if you get a chance—be sure to come back and share your experiences as they light up your next adventure!

Brought to you by Energizer®.


  • August 29, 2013


    Awww… littlest is so into puppets right now. She is going to love this. She puts on the cutest puppet shows.

  • August 29, 2013

    Michelle — Little Paper Dog

    Oh my heck! Love this :)

  • August 30, 2013

    Georgie St Clair

    I adore this DIY. It’s the simple activities like this that are the most fun sometimes. I’ll be doing this with my kids!

  • August 30, 2013

    Rachel Faucett

    Thanks! We had a blast making up our own charachters. GraphicsFairy. Com has tons of cool open source to add to this collection my husband made. Karen is the sweetest! She has tons of free vintage Printables.

    Thanks for stopping in! I love your avatar. :)



  • August 31, 2013

    Handmade Charlotte

    Thanks Tracy! We had a blast and you will too!

  • September 12, 2013


    Just wanted to let you know that this project will be highlighted tomorrow on the blog.


  • September 18, 2013


    Adorable! I’m just seeing these now… as out tent sits out, but I can’t foresee more camping in Sweden! We’re a household fans of shadow puppets and I keep shadow puppets in our house, too. I haven’t seen a camping kit. This one is beautiful done — it would have been perfect for my son’s “Camp Grayson” birthday party we had last summer! Thank you for these — I’ll bookmark for next Summer!

  • January 1, 2014


    Inspired post!

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