How to Make Posters for a Carnival Birthday Party

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How to Make Posters for a Carnival Birthday Party
Balloons are one possible image for a carnival birthday party poster. (Balloons image by elmgrover from

If you're planning a birthday party with a carnival theme, you'll need to know how to make carnival-themed posters to help create the atmosphere of a real old-time carnival. You can make posters for a carnival birthday party by using images associated with carnivals like clowns, sideshow acts and amusement rides.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Carnival-themed image files

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  1. 1

    Get carnival-themed images at a public domain image site like PD Photo ( or a pay site like Fotosearch ( by searching for clowns, candyfloss, carousel and other images that fit a carnival theme.

  2. 2

    Open a graphic design program like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator.

  3. 3

    Open a new document, and select a size for your poster. Carnival posters are usually very large, so choose a size that will be large enough to make a presence at your birthday party.

  4. 4

    Select a background for your carnival poster. For example, you could make red and white stripes the background to your posters, as these are common to carnival rides and games.

  5. 5

    Upload your carnival-themed images to your poster.

  6. 6

    Select a circus or carnival-themed font, and enter text detailing the image you selected for each poster. For example, you could write "Step Right Up, Birthday Boy," like the call of a carnival barker, or "Happy Birthday, Bearded Lady," like an advertisement for a sideshow.

  7. 7

    Insert a border on your carnival birthday party poster. For example, you could put a balloon or popcorn border around your poster.

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