For Bo’s birthday, we used a circus theme. And what is a circus without a big top circus tent? We don’t own any big circus tent decorations, so I improvised. I didn’t even use Pinterest, so you know I was using my brain. :-)
If you want to make your own crepe paper big top circus tent, the steps are outlined below.
Crepe Paper Big Top Circus Tent
Make your own DIY circus tent using these steps.
- Clear tape
- White and red crepe paper (large rolls)
- A room corner
Measure the length of the area from the center of the ceiling where you want to build the tent to the wall, then from the top of the wall to the floor. I used the crepe paper and added a little swoop to make it look more tent-like. Cut the streamer to this length.
Use the streamer as a guide for the rest. I ended up using about 30 strands of each color, but you might need more or less depending on the size of your corner.
One at a time, drape the streamers from the center of the ceiling to the edge where the ceiling meets the wall. Let the free end of the streamer hang against the wall. I started with the 4 “corners” of the tent and filled in from there. Alternate between white and red streamers. Tape the streamer to the center of the ceiling and where the ceiling meets the wall.
By the time you start filling in the edges, your center strips with overlap. That is fine, and shouldn’t cause any problems. However, the more strips you can stick to the ceiling the better. That way, if one streamer falls they won’t all fall. I only built three walls on our tent, but you could make a complete tent this way if you wanted. Get creative! My brother said he thought the tent would also work for a Moroccan theme.
Happy circus tent making!