Set up a big top circus of your own, for your dolls or your own enjoyment, and you’ll have a great time doing it! Take the project as far as you want, and create a masterpiece, or go the shorter route and make a tent that justs sits on a shelf. If you love the circus, you like playing with your dolls, or you’re just bored, you’ll enjoy this craft that uses an ice cream carton to make the cool circus.
First, enjoy the ice cream, and when it’s gone rinse the container and lid well. The carton should be a round one with fitted lid that’s completely removable. The larger the container, of course, the larger the finished circus. Position the lid on the carton, draw around the very bottom of the lid, then separate the carton. Wrap the entire container with red and white striped paper. If you have none, wrap the container with white paper and use red tape to create the stripes.
To create a big top from the lid you’ll first need to fashion a paper cone. Tape or glue the cone on top of the lid. Create the red and white design on the lid in the same manner you did with the ice cream carton. Along the bottom edge of the lid glue a band. The band should be long enough to go all the way around the lid with an inch or so to spare. On one long side, cut it straight, but on the other side, cut a scallop design. The band is optional. Another option for the big top Place the lid on the ice cream carton but don’t attach it permanently.
Make one type of circus by simply cutting a very large window out of the front of the container. This will allow you and others to peer inside. This is a nice circus to make if it will sit on a shelf. Set up the circus scene you want inside then display it. If you want to change the scene simply lift of the top and rearrange.
Create a circus where a child can play with dolls by creating a doorway to the big top tent. Cut a rectangle shape out, leave it like that, or affix a piece of red or white fabric or plastic over the doorway. The scene can be changed, and dolls taken in and out, by accessing the simple doorway.
Make a floor for the circus by using a piece of sandpaper or sprinkling in sand or sawdust. Set up novelty pets, clowns, chairs and similar things. You can make a very elaborate circus or a much simpler version. There are many things you can make for the circus yourself, like a trapeze and cardboard box cages for the animals.
Instead of an ice cream carton you can also cut an oatmeal canister down to size and make a circus tent. No matter how simple or how nice you make it you’ll have a lot of fun creating just the setup you want for your dolls – or for a shelf.