Paper Circus Tent

Color, cut out and assemble our printable circus tent template into an easy three-dimensional paper circus tent. 

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  • Young kids (3 to 8 years) should use child-safe scissors.
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Paper Circus Tent craft


  • A4 or Letter size paper
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaner


Step 1 Paper Circus Tent craft 1. Print out the circus tent template on A4 or Letter size paper.
Step 2 Paper Circus Tent craft 2. Color the circus template. Circus tents commonly come in red and white or red and yellow striped patterns but you can make it as colorful as you like.

Take note that the last four segments of the circle can be left uncolored.
Step 3 Paper Circus Tent craft 3. Cut out the template pieces.
Step 4 Paper Circus Tent craft 4. On the circular template, make a slit following a spoke that divides an uncolored section and a colored section. The slit should go all the way to the center of the circle.
Step 5 Paper Circus Tent craft 5. Transform the circle into the tent's cone-shaped canopy:

a.) Apply glue along the 4 uncolored sections of the circle.

b.) Overlap the 4 colored sections adjacent to the slit over the 4 uncolored sections, transforming the circle into a cone. Press on the overlapping areas to glue them firmly together.
Step 6 Paper Circus Tent craft 6. Fold the flaps at the edge downwards.
Step 7 Paper Circus Tent craft Ask for an adult's help7. To make a flag at the top of your circus tent:

a.) Cut a 3-inch long piece of pipe cleaner and make a small loop on one end. Apply white glue just above the loop.
b.) Make a small hole at the apex of the tent canopy. Insert the pipe cleaner through the hole from the canopy's inner side. Pull it all the way through until the loop touches the canopy. The glue above the loop should fix the pipe cleaner in place.
c.) Cut out a small triangle from colored paper and glue this at the tip of the pipe cleaner.
Step 8 Paper Circus Tent craft 8. Glue the two remaining template pieces onto construction paper, positioning them side by side to make a long continuous piece.

The main purpose of the construction paper is to connect the two template pieces, but it also provides rigidity to the tent body as well as serve as the interior material for your circus tent.
Step 9 Paper Circus Tent craft 9. Cut out the entire piece including the door.
Step 10 Paper Circus Tent craft 10. If you want to, you can decorate the interior walls of your circus tent.
Step 11 Paper Circus Tent craft 11. Apply glue on the tab section and glue this area behind the opposite end of the template. This would turn the template into a cylindrical circus tent body.
Step 12 Paper Circus Tent craft 12. Because of the door cut-out, the circus tent body won't be a perfect cylinder. You may mold it gently with your hands to make the body as round as possible before gluing its base onto a piece of construction paper.
Step 13 Paper Circus Tent craft 13. While waiting for the glue to dry on the tent, you can make some characters for your circus. Draw, color, and cut out your own characters or print out this Miniature Circus Characters onto card stock.

Cut out and glue an L-shaped paper tab at the back of each circus character. This will allow your circus character to stand on its own.
Step 14 Paper Circus Tent craft 14. Once the glue has dried on your circus tent, cut around the construction paper base.
Step 15 Paper Circus Tent craft 15. Position your mini circus characters inside the tent. Fix them in place by gluing or taping their L-shaped bottom tabs onto the tent's floor. You can also use the characters as paper dolls and have them move about freely inside or around your little paper circus. The canopy can be glued on or used as a removable lid.

More Ideas

Circus Finger Puppets craft Easily transform your mini paper circus characters into fun Circus Finger Puppets by removing or trimming off the L-shaped tab and replacing it with a small paper loop at the back.