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Circus Tent Tutorial

I’m lucky enough to have a super talented, hilarious, beautiful and generous real life friend who just started an incredibly exciting blog.  Her blog is all about crafting through the seasons–through all of the years fun celebrations. And today she is here to share a tutorial that nearly knocked my socks off.  Meet Gillian Greding (pronounced Jillian Greeting).  She’s just about the craftiest person I know…so get ready for her blog–Seasons Gredings!

Say hello to Gillian’s
Circus Tent Tutorial 


And take a moment to soak in how adorable her baby Wednesday Jones is. Those boots, that romper, those eyes–I can hardly take it!

So if you’ve been following my blog lately, you’ll know I’ve been seriously crushing on county fairs. I’ve been making county fair picnic blankets, cooking county fair food and now I’ve decided to top it off with a circus tent canopy or playhouse for Wednesday Jones (our youngest) and the one most likely to run off someday and join a circus.

The beauty of this circus tent is that there is NO SEWING involved

and

it took me 43 MINUTES, start to finish, to make it!!!

C’mon! That is sooooooooo do-able!

This is what you’re going to need to make it:

Cut six 66 inch lengths of ribbon

Fold each length of ribbon in half, wrap the central fold around the hoola hoop and loop the ribbon’s ends through it

Arrange the ribbons so that they are evenly spread around the hoop

Gather the ends in the middle of the hoop, fold them over, then knot them, leaving a loop for hanging the canopy

Lay the tulle over the hoola hoop with the hoop in the center

Cut a hole in the center of the tulle and pull the ribbons through

Repeat with another length of the same colored tulle

Cut a slit in the tulle and pull the ribbon through

Repeat process with the next two lengths of tulle

Trim the uneven bottom of the canopy with scissors

Mine isn’t trimmed perfectly, as you can see. Don’t fret over this!

Unfold the felt piece and cut the biggest circle you can out of it. I used a piece of ribbon and a Sharpie as a compass like device. Again, you could easily get caught up in making this perfect, but DON’T! You will never notice.

Now place the circle of felt on top of the other piece of felt and cut out another circle

Okay, so this next part is the most “tricky” part of the whole project and I use the word “tricky” loosely.

Cut 4 triangles (trapezoids, actually) out of the top felt.

BE SURE TO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY TO THE MIDDLE!!!

Cut out the first triangle and then use that triangle as your guide for the other 3 cuts.

It will not look great at this point. In fact, I thought I’d blown the whole project because my cuts were so uneven looking. Hang in there!

After it’s cut, cut a hole in the center, through both layers of felt.

Now throw the felt over the hula hoop.

DO NOT SEPERATE THE FELT LAYERS!!! KEEP THEM TOGETHER WHILE PUTTING THEM ON THE HOOP.

Okay, look how uneven and lame it looks.

I think I possibly threw myself to the ground and cried at this point.

Now take the scissors and trim the edge of the felt to the length you want it.

See… see! So much better!

This is the point I possibly threw myself to the ground and cried with joy.

After trimming you can leave it or add some spots of glue to it to hold the layers together and in place.

I left it.

I’m lazy like that.

I’m sure I’ll regret it.

I then took some ribbon and tied open two sides to make a tent opening.

Now go and hang your circus tent canopy from a shady tree and pop up some popcorn and lay down for a spell with your little one and imagine you’re at your very own circus– for two.

Check out this other amazing and simple tutorial from Seasons Gredings:
Penant Banner Picnic Blanket Tutorial

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75 Comments

  • Reply
    Whitney Abuzeid
    July 30, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Wow! So adorable! and SO simple! I’m having a “party in the park” for my son’s first birthday in a few weeks and these will DEFINITELY be making an appearance! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

    http://www.diaryofapreppymom.com

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Whitney! Your party in the park sounds completely adorable. You HAVE to do this, for sure!!! Thanks for the kind words! -gillian

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    Social
    July 30, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Cutest thing ever! I have to pin it!!!

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Hi Social! Thanks so much for pinning my tent! So sweet of you!

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    Julia
    July 30, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Amazing! And I love no sewing!! And I never think to put those fun colors together. But they always look so good when I see them. Excellent idea. And excellent blog!!

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Julia! Thanks for the super nice comment! You’re awesome. Yes, those colors are really fantastic.

  • Reply
    Meg
    July 30, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Wow! So adorable! What an amazing tutorial. The photography is stunning too! I can’t wait to check out her other ideas. This chick is talented!

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Hi Meg! You are soooooo nice. Seriously, thank you for commenting. It means a lot to me! hugs

  • Reply
    Michelle {the Momma Bird}
    July 30, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Oh my goodness!!! That is ADORABLE!!! How cute would that be in a little girl’s room for a play area?! Or even a toy room. oh the ideas – thanks so much for sharing!!
    xoxo

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Michelle! Your ideas are so awesome! SO fun for a little reading nook! Thanks for commenting!!!

  • Reply
    Jess @ The Colorful Ones
    July 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    What fun!!! This would make a great photo prop, or just a fun play spot for any little kiddo! 🙂 Thanks for sharing; I think we might try one in pinks and purples to make it more of a princess tent… hmm… you’ve got the hamsters in my head running on their little wheel! 🙂

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Jess! I’m SO excited to know I’ve got your hamsters roaring! 😉 The possibilities really are endless. Thank you so much for commenting. So sweet of you!

  • Reply
    Jen Currier
    July 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Okay. The ONLY kind of crafting I ever do is the no-sew kind. (It’s pretty funny that I don’t consider myself a “crafter” even though I own and run an event design business!! But it’s true. Not a lot of love for crafts coming from me.) However, this is one of the most adorable things I have seen and I love how clear and easy your pictures and directions were!! Love it!!!

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Jen! Thanks so much for stopping by! So glad you like the little tent. I hope to see it appear at a party or two in your future! 😉 hugs

  • Reply
    Monsterscircus
    July 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Wow that ame and cute, and what a circus princess! Pretty cool DIY!!!

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Monsters Circus! Great name, btw!

  • Reply
    amy johnston
    July 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I love me some Gillian!!!! She just gets better & better.

  • Reply
    Dan Greding
    July 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Ashley, thanks for featuring on your amazing site! We are so excited.

  • Reply
    Bzeedik
    July 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I love this and her!

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Brit! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. You are honestly so thoughtful. much love

  • Reply
    TonyaB71
    July 30, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    This is such a great post!!! I can’t believe how easy this looks because the finished product is so magical!!! Love the photos and ecspecially your sweet lil gal. Both my girls gasped when they saw this on my computer screen. Nice job Gillian! 🙂
    PS – Loving your blog soooo much!!!!

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      July 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Oh my gosh, Tonya… you are seriously the best. Thank you so much for all your support with my blog. You and “the girls” have been amazing. love you!

  • Reply
    gillian greding
    July 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Ashley!- How can I even begin to thank you???? You have been extraordinary to me through all of this. From all the hours, to all the advice, to all the laughter– you and Ben have just been amazing. Love you guys so much!!!

    PS– you kinda have A LOT of followers. Were you aware? lol My blog thanks you!!! 😉

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    Julie C
    July 31, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Who knew hula hoops and fabric could be transformed into a whimsical play space? I adore this project!!! Gillian you have an abundance of creativity and I’m so excited that you will be sharing your ideas with us on your new blog. I love checking it everyday to see what you have posted:) Thank you for keeping us non-sewing girls in mind!

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      August 1, 2012 at 4:54 am

      Hi Julie! Wow!!! What nice things you had to say. SOOOOOOO nice of you! And yes- I will keep you non-sewing girls in mind a lot. hugs
      -gillian

  • Reply
    Jennifer Dawn
    July 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

    This turned out so cute! I will have to pin this.

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      August 1, 2012 at 4:56 am

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for the pin! I totally appreciate it. 🙂

  • Reply
    Carla
    August 4, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Felicitaciones!! Espectacular!
    Gracias!!

    • Reply
      gillian greding
      August 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      WOW! That the most awesome sounding comment EVER!!!! I’m sure it means fantastic things. 😉

      -gillian

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    Jessica
    August 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    This is amazing! I love it!

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    Patty
    December 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Hii! Absolutely love this canopy tent! Great tutorial and easy to follow instructions and pics! It was funny too 🙂 Love the blanket too! How big is the blanket? I want to try making it as a tablecloth. Any suggestions/comments that might help making it as a tablecloth to fit a 6ft rectangular table would be great! Thanks!

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    Colleen
    February 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial! I have been searching for an easy but amazing DIY for a princess inspired canopy. This circus tent is the BEST design! I can’t wait to make this in hot pink for my daughter! Thanks so much!

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    Kara
    April 21, 2013 at 10:54 am

    May we share this photo of the circus tent in our magazine with Little Miss Momma link to the tutorial?
    Thanks so much, please contact me at [email protected]
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    thank you!

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    Sondrea
    August 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I have been totally stressing about how to make a princess tent for my little friend’s birthday party tomorrow (she’s turning 3!). I bought tulle and a hula hoop and have been trying to figure out how to attach the tulle without it bunching up, falling off, etc. Using ribbon as a skeleton and as a hanger never occurred to me. You have just saved my life, sanity, and the birthday party (in reverse order of importance)!! Thank you so, SO much!!! 🙂

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    Dawn
    October 17, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I love this little carnival tent. My children both have November birthdays. So while they are young I still do parties together. This is perfect for the their party. My sister and I will be putting this together in the next week or two. So excited!! I think we will throw in the ticket booth as well.

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    Cheri
    February 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Really awesome job. My crafty lifestyle has recently started so I’m sorry if this is a silly question. Regarding the tulle, how wide is it? 4 1/2 feet long and how wide? Thanks.

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    Nia
    May 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    This is just what I was looking for! I’m having a carnival themed party for my soon to be 5 year old daughter. I’m going to use this to cover the food!! Thank you!!!

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