Make-a-Fairy-Tale: Printable Shadow Puppet Designs


Download and cut your own puppets to let children stage a shadow puppet, revolving around many of the familiar fairy-tale characters.

This listing is for the digital design to cut your own version. You can read the instructions on how to cut shadow puppets here. If you want to buy the puppets that are already cut and have them mailed to you, please check here!


Shadow puppetry is beneficial for children of various ages, encouraging development of:

  • literacy & memory
  • imagination & creativity
  • storytelling, oration & recitation

Most importantly, playing with puppets while telling your favourite stories is great fun for parents and grandparents who want to connect with their children in a creative way. Let the playful shadows frolic across the walls and bring the magic of ancient theatre into your playroom!

This set is not based on any particular fairy-tale, but rather includes familiar fairy-tale characters: a prince/knight, a princess/fair maiden, a fairy (also doubles as a fairy godmother), a witch (good or bad, it’s up to you to decide!), a dragon, a beast/ogre, a king, and a frog. There are also silhouettes of a castle, a pumpkin, and a rose. What’s your story going to be about?

While this set isn’t based on any particular story, there is a minimum number of characters required for such fairy-tales as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.

If you want to buy the finished puppets already cut, please check here


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