How to Make a Clown

by Chelsea Fitzgerald
Clowns often wear exaggerated smiles or frowns.

Clowns often wear exaggerated smiles or frowns. Images

Many people associate clowns with pleasant memories of attending a circus or a birthday party where the clown performs funny antics. Making a clown at home is an enjoyable way to spend quality time with your child and to recycle household objects. Whether you make a clown with a wide grin or a frowning face, the project brings out the creativity in the artist.

Items you will need

  • Ping pong ball
  • Colored markers
  • Two pieces of felt in different colors
  • Compass
  • Sharp scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Small pom pom
  • Gold string or twine
  • Two paper plates
  • School glue
  • Two red pom poms
  • Tissue paper in assorted colors
  • Long craft stick or wooden dowel

Clown Christmas Ornament

Step 1

Draw a clown's face on a ping pong ball with markers in assorted colors.

Step 2

Trace a 3 1/2-inch circle onto a piece of felt with a compass.

Step 3

Cut the felt circle out with a pair of sharp scissors.

Step 4

Fold up the edges of the felt circle about 1/4 inch, form it into a cone shape and glue it together with a hot glue gun.

Step 5

Set the cone shaped hat onto the ping pong ball and glue it in place.

Step 6

Trace tiny felt circles by drawing around a pencil eraser onto another color of felt.

Step 7

Cut the felt circles out and glue them onto the hat to add colorful dots.

Step 8

Add a small pom pom to the top of the hat with the glue gun.

Step 9

Cut a piece of gold string or twine to an 8 inch length. Tie the two ends together and glue the loop onto the back of the hat to form a hanger. Use the clown as a Christmas ornament or to hang in your bedroom to decorate it.

Reversible Clown

Step 1

Draw clown eyes and a clown mouth on each paper plate with the markers. Make a frown on one plate and a big grin on the other.

Step 2

Glue the red pom poms in the center of each paper plate face by using school glue to form the clown nose.

Step 3

Cut strips out of different colors of tissue paper that are approximately 2 by 8 inches long.

Step 4

Wad up each tissue paper strip and glue assorted colors to the top edges of the paper plates. This forms a wacky colored wig on the clown.

Step 5

Attach the paper plates to the large craft stick or wooden dowel by hot gluing the stick to the back of one plate. Once the glue dries, line up the other paper plate to the back of the other and glue it to the stick. Rotate the stick in your hand to create a reversible clown puppet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cut a black bow tie shape out of felt and glue it to the bottom edge of each paper plate.

Photo Credits

  • Images