Carnival-Theme Party Decorations

Dress up your house in orange and black with these fun carnival-theme decorating ideas, complete with free downloadable patterns!

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Decorative Halloween Clock

Create a stunning orange-and-black mantelscape with orange pillar candles, painted pumpkins, ticket stubs, and a paper medallion garland. Add the perfect touch to the carnival theme with a 13-number clock.

What You'll Need:

  • Paintbrush
  • Orange paint
  • 16-inch-diameter pizza pan
  • Black masking tape
  • Starburst and Clock Number patterns, available below
  • Computer and printer
  • White paper
  • Self-sticking shelf liner or scrapbooking paper
  • Quick-setting crafts glue
  • Rub-on decal paper suitable for running through your printer
  • Adhesive numbers (optional)
  • Brad fastener
  • Clock hands

Instructions:

  1. Paint the reverse side of the pizza pan; let dry. Adhere pieces of black masking tape along the rimmed edge to create a border.
  2. Print the Starburst patterns, available below, onto white paper; cut out individual starbursts. Trace around the patterns onto the back of the shelf liner or scrapbooking paper; cut out.
  3. Working from the center outward, adhere the starbursts to the pizza pan. (If using scrapbook paper, adhere using a quick-setting crafts glue.)
  4. Print the Clock Numbers, available below, on rub-on decal paper, following manufacturer's directions for application, or use adhesive numbers.
  5. Place a brad fastener through the hole in the two clock hands to fasten them. Adjust so hands almost point to 13. Glue the hands to the middle of the starburst.

Editor's Tip: If you want an operational clock, purchase a clock kit at a crafts or hardware store. Drill a hole in the center of the pan and follow the manufacturer's instructions for putting together the clock kit.

Get the Clock Numbers patterns.

Get the Starburst patterns.

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Easy Add-Ons Treat Bag

Add clever embellishments to treat bags made from flattened cupcake liners and our downloadable numbers and patterns.

What You'll Need:

  • Medallion clip art numbers and patterns, available below
  • Computer and color printer
  • White cardstock
  • Circle punch (optional)
  • Two cupcake liners
  • Scallop-edge scissors (optional)
  • Quick-setting gel glue
  • Striped treat bag

Instructions:

  1. Print the Medallion clip art numbers and patterns, available below, onto cardstock. Cut out with scissors or use a circle punch.
  2. Flatten one of the cupcake liners. Scrunch up the middle of the second liner to form a smaller ruffled circle shape. If desired, make a decorative edge using scallop-edge scissors.
  3. Adhere the smaller-shape liner onto the larger-shape liner with quick-setting gel glue; then glue onto a treat bag. Glue the printed medallion onto the center of the cupcake-liner rosette.

Get the Medallion clip art numbers and patterns.

Chilling Magnifying Glasses

Create an eye-popping still life with our downloadable Vintage Magnifying Glass patterns, available below, displayed on the buffet table or beverage station.

What You'll Need:

  • Vintage Magnifying Glass patterns
  • Computer and color printer
  • White cardstock
  • Quick-setting gel glue
  • Magnifying glasses

Instructions:

To make, print our three different-size magnifying glass patterns, available below, onto white cardstock and cut out. Apply quick-setting gel glue to the edge of a magnifying glass; adhere a magnifying glass pattern to the rim.

Get the small (2-inch) Vintage Magnifying Glass pattern.

Get the medium (3-inch) Vintage Magnifying Glass Pattern.

Get the large (4-inch) Vintage Magnifying Glass Pattern.

Character Sketch Pumpkin Faces

Give your front steps Halloween personality with these fun-loving jack-o'-lantern characters. Use our patterns, available in a downloadable packet below, to create the expression-filled faces.

What You'll Need:

  • Pumpkin Face patterns, available below
  • Pumpkins, hallowed out
  • Tape
  • Knife or pumpkin-carving tools
  • Miscellaneous decorations: hats, mask, bowtie, mustache, and glasses to fit your pumpkin

Instructions:

  1. Choose the desired Pumpkin Face pattern, available below. (The patterns have been pre-enlarged from Halloween Tricks & Treats to fit most pumpkins; you can enlarge the pattern on a copy machine if needed.)
  2. Tape the pattern to the pumpkin, and transfer the design by poking holes through the outline of the pattern. Remove the pattern and carve the outlined areas. For best results, carve from the center forward.
  3. Use the bowtie, mustache, and mask patterns that appear with some of the face patterns to decorate the pumpkins, cutting the pieces from black cardstock. For more embellishments, add glasses on some pumpkins, and top others with hats.

Editor's Tip: Leave the cutouts in place until you're done carving, then push out the cutouts from the inside of the pumpkin.

Get the Pumpkin Face patterns.

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