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By Lynne Garnereducational and craft writer

Why not add some fun to your setting by inviting everyone to dress up like a clown? Create these costume adornments to support colourful role play

Activities in this article:

  1. Clown hat
  2. Woolly pompom
  3. Dicky bow

What you need

  • A4 brightly coloured card
  • Scrap card (empty cereal packets are ideal)
  • A4 paper (patterned or plain)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Wool
  • 2.5cm wide cloth tape (used for dressmaking)
  • Stick-on velcro
  • Shirring elastic
  • Pencils or crayons
  • Pipe cleaners

1. Clown hat

This fun hat can be altered by simply changing the colour or adding a different decoration, such as glitter or streamers.

Clown's hat

What to do

1. Cut out a large circle then mark the middle.

2. Cut a straight line from the outer edge to the middle.

3. Then cut a second line from the outer edge to the middle that removes one fifth of the circle.

4. Carefully curve the card round and stick into place.

5. Add some sparkly pompoms or other favourite decorations to create the clown’s unique look.

6. Pierce two holes opposite one another near the edge and attach elastic, this will hold the hat in place during wear.

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2. Woolly pompom

These are easy to make and are great for using to decorate costumes, adding to shirts or attaching to shoes.

Making pompoms

What to do

1. Cut two circles of card the same size (this will determine the size of the finished pompom).

2. Cut a circular hole centrally in the middle of each circle about half the diameter of the outer circle.

3. Place the two pieces of card together, lining up the circles.

4. Create a small ball of wool (no bigger than the central hole) then wind the wool around the card and through the hole.

5. Repeat until the hole has almost been filled.

6. (Adult-only step) Push the scissors though the wool and between the two pieces of card and cut around the outer edge of the circles.

7. Gently pull the two pieces of card apart and wind a piece of wool between them, tying tightly.

8. Fluff up and trim.

More craft ideas!

There are lots of craft ideas to try with your children in our web resource bank. Or why not try these fun circus craft projects, for even more big top fun?

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3. Dicky bow

Clown's bow tie

What to do

1. Using decorated or plain A4 paper, encourage the children to decorate sheets with bold colours and patterns.

2. Working with the paper in landscape, fold backwards and forwards across the width of the paper in a concertina fashion.

3. Cut a piece of the cloth tape to fit around the child’s neck and attach sticky velcro to each end.

4. Hold the bow tie against the tape and twist a pipe cleaner around to fix in place. Ensure the ends are positioned away from the skin.

5. Fan out both ends of the paper to complete.

Further ideas

Useful reading:

How To Make A Clown Costume by Allison Hawes et al (Rigby, ISBN: 978-0433034421)

Websites to visit:

Find a range of clown-related craft projects at (scroll down to see them).

Try out the circus-themed activities at:

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