How to Make it Yourself Carnival Booths

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Booths are a necessary part of everything from backyard carnivals or county fairs. They can range in function from hosting games of chance to selling ride tickets. Whatever the purpose, a booth has to be constructed, and if you can do it from home with minimal cost, then that may be an option to explore. Luckily, it can be done in minimal time, and with few materials.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Six 6-foot 2"x 2" boards
  • Six 4-foot 2"x 2" boards
  • One 4-foot 1'x 4" board
  • Two sheets of fabric (6' x 4')
  • One sheet of fabric (4' x 3')
  • Staple Gun
  • One 3'x 4' sheet of hardware cloth
  • Screws
  • Four 1/4-inch diameter 5-inch long carriage bolts
  • Four washers
  • Four nuts
  • Twenty-four L-shaped mending plates
  • Paint
  • T-square
  • Level

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set out a basic, rectangular wooden frame on the ground, or any flat surface, by placing two 6-foot 2x2 boards on each side, and then two 4-foot 2x2 boards on the top and bottom.

  2. 2

    Place L-shaped mending plates on each of the corners of your frame. Use a T-square and/or level to make sure that the corners are squared and at exact right angles to one another, before you screw the mending plates in place.

  3. 3

    Use two screws per mending plate (one on each arm of the "L") to affix the plates in place.

  4. 4

    Flip the frame over so that the mending plates you just affixed are at the bottom, touching the ground. On the side now facing you, place another mending plate onto each corner and screw it into place. Put a mending plate on each side of the frame for added strength.

  5. 5

    Repeat steps 2-4 twice more. You want to have three wooden frames completed after this step. Once they are complete, feel free to paint them in whatever colour you would like your booth to be. Try to match the colours of your fabrics for a more professional look.

  6. 6

    Determine the front wall frame of your booth and measure down 11 inches on both of the vertical (6-foot) studs. Mark the spot on the 2x2. Determine the orientation of the other two side wall frames, and measure 11 inches down the vertical side that will touch the front face. You only need to measure down one stud of the side walls, since you will be using these markings as connection points--the back studs of the side walls wont be connected to anything.

  7. 7

    Drill a hole through the 2x2 at the 11-inch mark down on each of the vertical slats. On the front facing wall frame, drill a hole from the front of the frame to the back. On the side frames drill the hole from the outside inward (from left to right--not right to left).

  8. 8

    Repeat steps 6-7, but instead of measuring 11 inches down from the top, measure 11 inches up from the ground. Once complete, you should have 4 holes in the front frame (2 on each vertical board--11 inches down, and 11 inches up), and 2 on each of the side frames (2 on one vertical stud, and none on the other).

  9. 9

    Place your large sheet of fabric over the frame of your side wall and staple it into place. Make sure that it is tight and taut, to remain professional looking. Repeat this step on the second wall frame.

  10. 10

    Measure 3 feet down from the top of the front frame and insert your 4-foot long 1'x4" board horizontally in place. Use your level and T-square to make sure it is properly in place. This will be used for a shelf. Use self-tapping screws to adhere the shelf into place.

  11. 11

    Place the small sheet of fabric on the bottom half of your front frame. use staples to keep it in place and, again, make sure it is taut and not loose.

  12. 12

    Prop the three walls into place and slide the carriage bolts through the 11-inch holes on the front frame. They should slide through the front frame holes and then slide into the holes of the side walls. Once in position, place a washer and a nut over each of the carriage bolts and make sure they are tight. Test its durability and if it is up to your satisfaction, you have a completed carnival booth.

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