Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tool Time Tuesday...Doorway Theater

Or how about Doorway Theater or From The Doorway To Broadway...

What ever name you give this project, your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews will be glad you turned 2 tension rods from the hardware store into...

a Doorway Theater!

This is more of a technique, rather than exact measurements, because every one's doorways are different sizes and well, so are your children! lol. Just as a reference, my doorway is 34 inches wide.
I used 2 strips of fabric that I had. Each pieces is 28 inches wide and 72 inches long. I also had a piece of red and white polka dot that you'll see later.

The process for this is really easy. I didn't even hem anything. If you don't sew too much, it just took 3 straight lines and that's all...oh yeah and some hot glue. If you don't sew at all, just hot glue everything!!

First step is to fold over the top edge down about 13 inches.

Now from the top folded edge, go down about 2 inches.

The 2 inch mark is where you will sew, hot glue or use that stitch witchery iron on stuff (that's the technical name!!)

I sewed the channel for the tension rods in each of the long pieces.

Here's a quick peek of what it looks like. It's a quick step in making a valence. The only way this works is if your fabric is the same color on both side. The perfect fabric for this is a cheap flat sheet.

This is the piece of fabric I used for the lower portion of the theater. See, I didn't even turn the edge on the hem...I just used pinking sheers!

Add one tension rod through the top valence and the second tension rod through the lower portion and your theater is done.

I closed the door so you can see the fabric better without the light shining through from the back, but your little ones will be in the door way behind the curtain with a fantastic puppet show for you.

This is a close up of some of the hot glued trim. A cute little button on the ribbon tie backs

and some ric rac hot glued to the valence edge.

This was the driving force behind this project. The finger puppets I bought back during my trip to Ikea. Aren't they the cutest and I think only $4.00.

Here are the stars of the show. Wish my girls were here to demonstrate rather than leaning these finger puppets up against the door. On second thought, even if they were home, they wouldn't do this for all of you to see. I think they're glad they are away at school right now!

You know I tried these on...I just couldn't snap the picture at the same time!

Let the show begin.

Here it is with the door open. If your little ones don't want to do a puppet show, you can remove the lower tension rod and they can do theater by themselves.

I have another little tip for the kids to sell tickets.

I borrowed this from the girl's bathroom. It's a stand up toilet paper holder.

Great to sell tickets from.

Enjoy the Show!

Have a wonderful Tuesday,


  1. Thanks for the memories...made one of these for my three daughters...over twenty years ago!! Hope your kids love it as much as my kids did!! When they were finished with it I put it in my classroom and they loved it!! Take care!!

  2. This is so great! I have always wanted to make my daughter a puppet theater but didn't have the room(or so I thought!). I am adding this to my to do list!

  3. That is too, too cute!!! (love the ticket holder!)

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  4. I am printing this out and tucking away for the kids (my kids, who will have little ones eventually) what a SUPER idea! Sandy

  5. Such a cute idea. I get a couple children's toy catalogs around Christmas each year. They have had a theater curtain and finger puppets. Not inexpensive I might add.

  6. This is such a fun idea. I think I will have to use it when our grandchildren visit. Thank you!!

  7. NOW my dear, this is FUN FUN FUN...
    I think a good idea to run by Stash Manicure too..you think???
    blessings madame samm

  8. I love your idea Karen! That is genius! :)

  9. I've made many of these for gifts and love them!! I never did such a sassy red one, though--yours is gorgeous! And, the ticket stand is to die for!!

  10. Your idea is incredible!!! I love it. Every one with kids and every grandma needs to have one of these. I'm going to show my Mom.



  11. Karen el teatro te quedó muy bonito y los actores maravillosos. Un besote

  12. How adorable...I am posting this on facebook!

  13. Great idea! It sure beats a tablecloth over a folding table ;-)

  14. This is the cutest thing.........can't wait to try it.

  15. How absolutely funky... And you said about removing the lower tension rod, it got me thinking... If you had a princessy type girl, you could put the tension rod at the top of the door and have longer fabric that draped down to the bottom of the floor. Very princess like! Easy embellishment for a room.

    It's currently school holidays over here, I might share it around a few people, lots of great entertainment.

  16. Great tutorial! I'm sure you'll get much use out of it. Love the lil scuba diver!! Cracked me up!

  17. You are simply Brilliant.........

    We use two tension rods placed close to the floor on our bedroom door to keep our Maltese out of the room. We can simply step over them but he can't.......VBG

  18. So cute my daughter and friends will love this

  19. Karen! Karen! Karen! This is just TOO awesome!!!!!! You know what I love the best? It can be packed up and put away nice and flat so not taking up much storage space - all the other theatres I've seen are quite big and bulky. YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!! The ticket dispenser is just way too cute! I'm going to make one of these for my daughter for Xmas!!!! Thank you so much sweetheart for all the time and energy you put into your blog and for us readers. You really are incredible and it's much appreciated! Loadsa love you fun, gorgeous gal!!!
    Vikki xoxoxo

  20. Fantastic! Granddaughter is too young for this now, but I can start making/collecting the puppets now so I am ready when she is. This is just such a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  21. I feel a little silly asking because it's likely so obvious I'll have an "of course"! moment, but how did you make the curtains stay to the side so easily? do the tie backs need ot be attached to the doorway somehow or is the lower rod making the tie backs stay put? I'm planning making these for my own kids AND several niece/nephews for Christmas!! love love love the idea!

    1. I'm wondering the same thing. How did you make the tie-backs stay put? Such a cute project! Found you on Pinterest. Thanks!


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