How to Make Life-Size Cutouts for a Carnival Party

by Filonia LeChat

Filling your next carnival-themed party with bodies usually comes from sending out invitations, but there's another way to increase the guest list. Whether you're celebrating the multicultural Carnival, about to set sail on the Carnival Cruise Line or just offering guests a carnival circus theme event, create life-size cutouts to populate the room. Decorate cutouts from your own shape or that of your friends and family, then get the party started as people attempt to recognize themselves in their much-flatter doppelgangers.

Items you will need

  • Foam-core board or cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Craft paper
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Decorations such as feathers, beads, cloth and yarn (optional)
Step 1

Tape foam-core board or thick pieces of corrugated cardboard end to end with duct tape on both sides of the edges until they are just slightly longer than the length of a person who is laying on the floor.

Step 2

Unroll a length of brown craft paper, cut it to the length of the board. Tape the edges of the paper to the underside of the board.

Step 3

Trace the outline of a person laying on top of the paper -- vary sizes of adults and children for more carnival options -- with a thick black marker.

Step 4

Cut the shape of the person out with a box cutter, slicing through both the paper and cardboard. Glue the paper tracing back to the cardboard and let dry. Make other tracings while each dries.

Step 5

Paint the carnival characters onto the tracings, such as clown faces, bearded ladies, animals and gory images.

Step 6

Glue costume decorations on with feathers, beaded necklaces, pieces of felt, old unwanted clothing and items drawn on pieces of paper.

Step 7

Make the cutouts appear more lifelike by adding elements such as marbles for eyes, yarn for hair, press-on nails and makeup. This step is optional.