How to Make a Carnival Invitation for a Kid's Party

by Erin Ringwald

Although store-bought invitations are available in hundreds of designs at party supply stores and online, finding the perfect design for your party's theme may be difficult. If you are throwing a carnival-themed party, making your own invitations requires little out-of-pocket expense. Utilizing card stock from the craft store or your favorite carnival-themed photo, your homemade invitations can announce your party's theme.

Items you will need

  • Brown card stock
  • Solid-colored card stock
  • Craft glue
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Photograph
  • Home printer (optional)
  • 4-by-6-inch heavy-weight, photo paper
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Card Stock

Step 1

Cut a brown piece of card stock into a 4-by-3-inch rectangle. Cut two more brown strips each measuring 1/4 inch by 4 inches long.

Step 2

Place a solid-colored 5-by-7-inch piece of card stock vertically on the table in front of you. Choose a colored card stock that matches your party's color scheme. Center the 4-by-3-inch rectangle on the bottom of the 5-by-7-inch piece. Align the rectangle so that the 4-inch side is parallel to the 5-inch side. Position it 1/2 inch from the bottom edge. Attach it to the card stock using craft glue.

Step 3

Place the 1/4-by-4-inch strips on top of the rectangle, extending upwards. Position one end of each strip underneath the top edge of the rectangle, with the outside edge of each strip flush with the outside edges of the rectangle. Secure them in place with craft glue to create a carnival booth.

Step 4

Cut a piece of wrapping paper or patterned card stock into a 4-by-3-inch rectangle. Trim one 4-inch edge into a scallop shape using scissors. Cut from the bottom right scalloped edge up to the top edge, 1/4 inch in from the top right corner. Repeat the process on the left side to create an awning for the booth.

Step 5

Attach the awning to the 5-by-7-inch card stock with craft glue. Position it so that it rests on the top edge of the two thin brown strips of the booth.

Step 6

Punch six holes out of a piece of colored card stock using a hole punch to create balls. Attach the balls to the 5-by-7-inch card stock using craft glue, resting them along the top edge of booth's brown base. Position them into a pyramid shape, placing three balls on the bottom, two in the middle and one on top.

Step 7

Turn the card stock over and write the party details on the back.


Step 1

Take a photograph of your favorite carnival attraction or game at a local carnival. Alternatively, utilize a photograph from the Internet.

Step 2

Print the photograph at a photo-printing kiosk of a local store or on a home photo printer, using 4-by-6-inch heavy-weight photo paper.

Step 3

Turn the photograph over and turn it horizontally. Draw a line down the center of the invitation. Write the party details on the left side of the invitation. Write the guest's address on the right.

Step 4

Mail the finished invitation as you would a postcard.

Tips & Warnings

  • When choosing card stock colors, choose a color for the 5-by-7-inch piece that matches your party's color scheme. Choose one to two different colors to create the balls. For the awning, choose striped, star-print or polka dot wrapping paper that matches the party theme colors.

Photo Credits

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