21 Tutorials for a DIY Carnival

Summer is coming to a close (can you believe it?) What better way to go out in style than a DIY carnival that the kids and all their friends will remember forever. Do you have a carnival coming up, or a carnival party you are starting to plan? Keep all your costs low by building your own ticket stand and making your own games. Go for a vintage carnival theme and make your own light-up, old-timey marquee letters.

Planning this carnival will definitely be all fun and games with these 21 tutorials for a DIY carnival:

1. Photo Booth

Image Source: Bird’s Party

Build this adorable photo booth to keep memories from the carnival.
Get the tutorial at Bird’s Party.

2. Carnival Games

Set up a pyramid of cans on top of a barrel and see who can knock them all down.
Find out more at Pop Sugar.

3. Basic Bean Bag Toss

Line up bowls and see who can get the highest points by throwing in the bean bags.
Find out more at Morgan Moore.

4. Monster Bean Bag Toss

See how many bean bags you can get into each monster’s mouth.
Check it out at Crafty Carnival.

5. Balloon Dart Board

Image Source: Landee See Landee Do

Stick balloons through a pegboard and see who can pop the most by throwing darts.
Spotted at Landee See Landee Do.

6. Popcorn Paper Cones

Follow this template to make paper cones to fill with popcorn.
Check it out at The Gilded Bee.

7. Marquee Letters

Brighten up the carnival with your own marquee letters.
Check it out at Ruffled.

8. Ring Toss

Set up a pretty ring toss game by painting the bottles and covering embroidery hoop rings with fabric.
Find out more at Two Shades of Pink.

9. Tassel Garland

Image Source: Pretty Prudent

Use scrap fabric to make a tassel garland to decorate the carnival with. No sewing required.
Find out more at Prudent Baby.


10. Tattoo Booth

Hang a curtain and sign to set up a temporary tattoo booth.
Check it out at Martha Stewart.

11. Ticket Booth

Use these ticket booth plans to make a fun and colorful carnival one.
Get the tutorial at Make Projects.

12. Prize Bags

Image Source: Lil’ Blue Boo

Iron-on transfer carnival designs onto bags for a cute way to give prizes.
Find out more at Lil Blue Boo.

13. Pick-A-Duck

Everyone wins a prize in this fun game.
Check it out at Simply Beautiful.

14. Mustache Props

Use this tutorial to make mustache props for the photo booth.
Get the tutorial at Easy Makes Me Happy.

15. Ruffled Streamers

Image Source: Made Everyday

Use your sewing machine to make ruffled streamers to decorate.
Find out more at Made Everyday.

16. Carnival Tent

Make this carnival tent and put something fun inside like a fortune teller booth or delicious desserts.
Get the tutorial at Little Miss Momma.

17. Cone Holder

Make a wooden cone holder to hold ice cream cones or popcorn in paper cones.
Find out more at 100 Layer Cake.

18. Fish In A Bag

Image Source: Cap Creations

Make fish shaped soap and set it inside bags of water for fun carnival prizes.
Find out more at Cap Creations.

19. DIY Pinwheel

Make a collection of pinwheels to give to the carnival guests.
Get the tutorial at Style Me Pretty.

20. Cotton Candy Tray

Make an acrylic cotton candy tray you can use over and over again.
Check it out at Oh Happy Day.

21. Chalkboard Labels

Image Source: Little Bit Funky

Make these cute chalkboard labels to label food, games and prizes.
Get the tutorial at Little Bit Funky.

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