Someone very special to me, who happens to be a big Punch & Judy fan, is going to get a kit for this for Christmas. I have had the theater printed larger than my printer will print but I am going to print the puppets large myself. Then I will put it in a special box I am working on with the chip board, brads, glue and so on so that she can make it herself. The graphic's for this are now available in my little etsy store.
As you know... I usually try to make my free image go along with whatever I am working on so I have a cute little Punch and Judy free printable for you. I thought it would make a great invitation to your show or Punch & Judy birthday party, or as I have used it to create a box lid for the little theater to go into.
Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.
I also would like to post a little history on Punch and Judy:
May 9, 1662 is the day that is credited as Punch's birthday as that was the first recorded day his show was preformed in Britain. The British show developed into "Punch and Judy" with its first published script in 1827. However the show was preformed in the 1700 in Italy only the puppets had a different names, Pulcinella and his wife Joan.
He speaks in a distinctive squawking voice, assisted by a "Bottler", who encouraged to participate and collecting money. The Bottler also played accompanying music or sound effects usually on a drum. Today it is preformed often in private parties and is fun for all ages.
Every time I post one of my theaters, I am always asked how I do it so here is a short synopsis on how I create them!
I print my images on brochure paper or you can use a light weight photo paper also. I always use a laser printer because it has a finish that is like what you would find on a commercial game board and it is resistant to splashes and spills. The ink will not run when it gets wet so if you use a water base glue, your safe :))
For this one I just did a single copy of the facade but if you use two copies of the facade you can select elements from the second copy to glue on top of the first layer on a pop out. You can also just laminate the elements like you would the facade and that will raise them up a bit to give your theater a little dimension.
To laminate the facade and puppets, I used spray glue to attach it to a medium weight matte board. You can purchase medium weight matt board at your local office supply store or just use the light weight gift boxes you get at the dollar store or even cereal boxes.
Cut all the pieces out and sand the edges with a emery board..the heavy ones for artificial nails. Be sure to use a marker on the edges of all you pieces too. I use a skin tone for the puppets but for the theater I would use a maybe a matching color however this one looks great with the edges done with a gold paint pen. Be sure to angle the marker or pen from the back side so you do not accidentally mark the front of the image and color the cut edges. That way no one will see cut cardboard on the edges. If you do it right, it will be hard to tell it from a die cut image. On the theater facade, I covered the backside with scrap booking paper also. That the theater would still look nice from the backside as well.
For larger puppets and if I am making a diorama display, I use brads on the puppets and make little wire stands. I twist the top like a paper clip and glue a flattened paper ring on the back of the puppet for the stand to hold to. This also works for the wire wands. This makes it easy to convert them from display puppets to performers in "the show". If you look at the post on my wonderland theater I have some of the wands pictured. For smaller puppets and jumping jacks it is better to use embroidery floss and tie knots threw punched holes. Then you can just jiggle them around for your show. The most important thing is to have fun... making it and preforming the shows as well!