How to Make Carnival Signs

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If you are organizing a small-scale carnival, such as for a class fundraiser, you can end up spending a lot of money on professionally created signs to advertise the carnival. Instead of wasting money on professional signs, you can make your handmade signs for the carnival using a few craft materials that can be purchased inexpensively at any craft store. This will enable people to see the carnival rides, activities and food stands more clearly, which can help generate more revenue for your fund-raising event.

Things You'll Need

  • Craft foam sheet, 1 inch thick
  • Scissors
  • Poster paint
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • Lettering stencils
  • Art tape
  • Cut a 1-inch-thick sheet of craft foam into a rectangle measuring 3 ft. wide, 4 ft. long. Select any color of craft foam you prefer. If you use a light-colored foam sheet, use dark-colored paint. If you use dark-colored foam, use light-colored paint.

  • Apply poster paint onto the foam using a sponge paintbrush. Apply the paint in a design or pattern that will reflect the ride or activity the carnival sign will be for. For example, if the sign will advertise cotton candy for the carnival, sponge on the paint to resemble a container of cotton candy. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.

  • Place large lettering stencils over the foam rectangle and on top of the area you painted. Spell out the wording for the poster. For example, if your carnival sign will advertise cotton candy, spell out "Cotton Candy" using the lettering stencils.

  • Secure the lettering stencils to the foam using art tape, which can be applied and removed without damaging the paint underneath.

  • Sponge poster paint over the lettering stencils, making sure not to apply the paint outside of the stencils. Allow the paint to dry for five minutes, then remove the lettering stencils and the tape. Allow the paint to dry for an additional 15 minutes before displaying your carnival sign.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep poster paints out of the reach of children. Poster paint can be toxic.

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