Circus Tent Crafts

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Circus Tent Crafts
Use glitter, ribbon and felt as embellishment for your crafts. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

A world of wonder, awe and magic takes place within a circus tent. Children often are filled with wonder as they watch trapeze acts, tightrope walkers, clown acts and animals tricks while snacking on candyfloss and popcorn. Bring some of that circus magic home with you by making circus tent crafts.

Template Circus Tents

Find circus tent craft templates from children's craft websites, or purchase them in craft books from bookstores, craft stores or online retailers. Circus tent templates usually include pre-drawn tents that you cut out. Some templates allow you to colour in the tent's stripes and flag yourself; others are already coloured. After colouring and cutting out the shapes, follow the directions and fold the pieces to form a two- or three-dimensional tent. Some templates even include stickers or cut-out characters, such as a ring leader, clown or lion, with their circus tents for decoration.

Paper Circus Tents

Use construction paper to make a flat or three-dimensional circus tent. Cut a rectangle and triangle out of construction paper. Draw vertical stripes using crayons, markers or paints on both shapes. Draw a door on the rectangle. Glue the pieces onto another piece of construction paper so they form a tent. Draw people and animals around the tent. Alternatively, fold the construction paper in half, glue the pieces onto the front of the card and use it as an invitation to a circus-themed birthday party.

For a three-dimensional construction paper tent, draw stripes and a door on a rectangular piece of paper. Bend the paper to make a cylinder, and tape it together. Fold another piece of construction paper so it forms a cone and tape it. Trim the edges so they are even. Place it on top of the cylinder.

Recycled Circus Tents

Recycle items you have around the house, and turn them into a circus tent craft. Use an empty, round oatmeal container for the bottom of the tent and a plastic funnel for the top of the tent. If you don't have a funnel, make a cone out of construction paper. Cut the door out of the bottom of container, and paint vertical red and white stripes on the oatmeal container. Paint the funnel to match. Create a flag for the top of the tent out of a toothpick and construction paper. For a smaller circus tent, use an empty toilet paper roll for the bottom of the tent and a smaller funnel.

Circus Tent Magnets

Transform craft foam into a circus tent magnet using magnetic tape. Cut out a rectangle and triangle from white craft foam. Use fabric paint to draw stripes or tent flaps on the foam. Glue the triangle on top of the rectangle. Affix magnetic tape on the back of the tent. Craft stores and online retailers sell magnetic tape. Use the circus tent magnet to display other circus-inspired artwork on the refrigerator.

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