We threw a massive Halloween circus party this year!
This is how we did it.
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Step 1: The Creepy Clown
I went big with the clown!
I made a huge canvas by gluing white paper to cardboard. You'll need to completely cover the back of the white paper with glue to get the best bond possible.
After that, I started painting. I looked at old school pictures of Bozo the clown for inspiration and painted this badboy freehand.
Step 2: The Circus Light Board!
First, I ordered the light bulbs. I ordered them off of AliExpress and they are great little LED bulbs.
I made two of these light boards out of thin plywood. Those four sockets are parallel wired together and on a plug. I bought all of my electrical supplies at the home center over here in Japan.
Measuring everything out is key to perfect shapes. I used painters tape and cheapo dollar store craft paint to do these.
Step 3: The Circus Sign!
This is also thin plywood with a nice chunky frame.
This is all freehand, but it's easier than it looks.
I used a pencil and yard stick to measure and draw out boxes to fit each letter of CIRCUS in. I used a little paint brush to paint the letters and outlined the letters with a paint marker.
I used sand paper to distress it and clear Briwax to wax it up and make it shiny.
Step 4: The Hot Air Balloons!
These are made out of rubber dollar store balls and yarn. I have a detailed DIY here:
Step 5: Night Time!
Step 6: The Party!
Here is the spread my lovely wife did!
Step 7: We Even Bottled Our Own Circus Juice!
These were super easy to make! For more details, please check out: