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polling booths and circus side show alley

With the state election all over, there will now be 1000's of cardboard polling booths stacked in the corners of school, community and church halls all over the state of NSW. It was at the last election (federal) last year that I walked from our local community hall after casting my vote, with my head full of ideas for those cardboard polling booths. You see, last year I was starting to think about ideas for the Year 6 end of year dinner, and thinking of our circus theme, and my thoughts turned to circus ticket booths and side show alley stands....

So along with my dinner decorator partner (ie. a fabulous mum who shared my creative idea maddness when I discussed my idea with her), we managed to secure a few of the dismantled polling booths from the school.


We set to work to cover these booths with coloured paper, using huge amounts of spray adhesive and double-sided tape, and a hot glue gun.

The booths then had to be further decorated to create the finished products. Fabric skirts were sewn, painted cardboard signs were added, and lots of little bits and pieces where found to create these fun decorations for the circus-themed event. Surprisingly, rick rack became my very good friend in decorating and covering joins on the booths.

Loving lettering and fonts the way I do, I searched for circus-themed fonts to use on the booths. {I have listed the fonts later in this post with the website links of where you can find them.} Circus-themed fonts really helped with the decorating (especially when working on a tight budget).

So here they are, the finished and decorated polling booths turned into circus stands. These photos were taken after the dinner, they survived the event with only a few tears and rips.


Font used for BULLSEYE: Tropicana


Font used for HOOPLA: CarnivalMF Open Shadow


Font used for MYSTIC READINGS: Cast Iron


For the MYSTIC READINGS stand I used some old velour fabric which I'd bought ages ago (with plans to make something for my girls when they were younger, and would wear purple velour). I created the curtains and top, held in place with the hot glue gun. A sparkly light was added on the night to make it look "mystic" 


Font used for SHOOTING DUCKS: Big Top


For the Shooting Ducks stand, layers of cardboard where created, so the ducks and target could be staggered. A toy gun was hung from the top of the stand.


Font used for SLAM DUNK: Masquerade


Font used for TICKETS booth: JFRingmaster

Font used for LOLLIES stand: CarnivalMF OpenShadow

FONTS list used on the booths and banners {with the links for download}:

To make the larger sized lettering banners, I created the wording on an A4 sized document and printed these off. Like this:


I then used a photocopying machine to enlarge the lettering. The photocopied letters were then cut out and stuck in place.

For some larger banners I enlarged one letter to the size on an A3 piece of paper.

Font used for FAREWELL YEAR 6 banner: JFRingmaster

The polling booths could be turned into other things like a puppet theatre or a "play" shop for the kids.

These booths were a fun additional to the school hall and to the circus-themed evening.


If you're quick, maybe there will still be some cardboard polling booths left in the corner of a hall near you...

Thanks for visiting.



the day the circus came to town

The year 6 dinner was a few weeks ago, and I'm finally sharing the photos of the school hall that we decorated for the kids. You've probably guessed by now, the theme was CIRCUS.

It was such a great theme to work with, full of colour and happiness for the kids. I had SO much fun working with this theme. I started with the colour scheme; blue, red, yellow, purple, green and orange. Anything that went into the decorations were kept to these colours, which worked to give an overall look to the hall.

The whole dinner event was certainly a group effort with lots of our year 6 parents helping out in many, many ways to bring the whole evening together.

So here's an overview of the evening in photos....

Here is the hall all decorated waiting for the kids to arrive.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

Another mum (who was was so much fun to work with) and I made all the bunting for the ceiling space. We sewed triangles of cardboard onto ribbon. These lengths of bunting were then hung from the centre of the hall out to the walls to create the feeling of the inside of a circus tent.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

I love the coloured paper lanterns which can be purchased in many stores at the moment. I used them to "flood" the ceiling to hide the centre of the ceiling space where all the bunting and fairy lights were tied.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

The walls of the hall were covered with coloured fabric, and a large bunting was hung around the edge to form a border.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

Banners and circus go so well together. This big banner was hung on the stage so it could be seen from the hall.
Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

The hall stage with the "farewell banner", the cake stand with cupcakes and a lollies stand (made from a polling booth).

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas 

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

The cupcakes were gorgeous and delicious, made and decorated by a talented group of year 6 mums.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

Side show alley filled one corner of the hall. Each "side show alley" attraction is made from a cardboard polling booth.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

Laughing clowns made from polystyrene heads. One of the very artistic year 6 students painted the clown faces for us.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

Bendy mirrors. I was able to buy two sheets of bendy (perspex) mirror from Reverse Garbage. A year 6 dad took on the task of making the frames for these mirrors. They looked so fantastic and filled another corner of the hall.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

The "class of 2010" photo wall. Each child had a photo mounted onto a balloon shape on the wall.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

These silhouette carousel horses were on loan to us from Myer Chatswood. I was walking through the shopping centre back in October (obviously the start of spring carnival racing), and these horses were on display in one of Myer's windows. We were very lucky to be able to borrow them for our evening. The horses fitted the theme perfectly, and filled a few large spaces in the hall.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

Outside we had a "ticket booth" also made from a polling booth, and lots of balloons.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

There was a clown and two stilt-walkers entertaining the kids outside before they entered the dinner.

Fiona Carter's circus themed event ideas

The night went really well, it seems as though the kids and teachers enjoyed their night at the circus. Another mum was the coordinator for all the food served to the children and teachers. They enjoyed sausages in rolls, corn on a stick, fruit and marshmallow sticks and ice-creams. A popcorn-making machine was hired for the evening which, apart from spreading the smell of freshly popped corn across the playground, gave the kids a snack while they were gathering in the playground prior to the dinner.

To finish off this post I need to include a photo of my gorgeous girls. Big sis with little sis (who isn't that little anymore). I think they might be the same height now. Phoebe looked beautiful going to her dinner.

FEC blog photo

Thankfully one of the dads at the dinner snapped a photo of Phoebe with mum and dad at the end of the evening....

FEC blog photo 

Well, that's about all for this post. Thanks for visiting.