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There’s Magic in the Air!

Welcome to Magic Makerz Carnival Crafts and our Community Art Show!

Hello makers! Get your tickets, the circus is in town! We hosted a week-long camp full of carnival crafts and fun – leading up to a community art show exhibiting local San Francisco artists. Our camp features the creation of circus costumes, stem magic experiments, and crafting collaborative carnival games. Learn how to make some of our favorite circus crafts at home and take a look at the stunning work featured from our Community Art Show!

DIY Marionette Puppets!

These Marionette Puppets will have you up and dancing - the perfect craft turned play time! Inspired by the wondrous acts of the carnival and circus, these puppets will inspire your little ones to tell imaginative stories and have fun!

What You Will Need:

  • Recycled Materials (Toilet paper rolls, cardboard, bottle caps, etc.)

  • Yarn

  • Beads

  • Googly eyes

  • Glue/tape

  • Scissors

  • Craft paper

  • Pom poms

  • Popsicle sticks/Wooden dowels


  1. Begin by building the body and head of your character/puppet! Cut out the main body, head, and any additional elements like arms or legs from paper or recycled materials

  2. Decorate these pieces and begin connecting them with yarn

  3. Be sure to add any beads or pom poms along the way to add extra textures and colors to your puppet!

  4. Attach a piece of yarn to the body, and a piece of yarn to the head of your puppet. Both of these yarn pieces will then be attached to either a popsicle stick or wooden dowel. This will be where the puppet is held from - so test to be sure your puppet has movement and make adjustments where necessary

  5. Add any final touches like googly eyes or yarn for hair!

Carnival Paper Mache Masks!

We are obsessed with these DIY Carnival Paper Mache Masks! Have fun molding shapes with your paper mache mixture, and watch as your creation turns into a vibrant whimsical mask!

What You Will Need:

  • Elmer's glue

  • Water

  • Mixing stick/spoon

  • Mixing container

  • Tempera or Acrylic Paint

  • Posca Markers

  • Paint brushes

  • Paint cups

  • Paint palettes

  • Newspaper

  • Smocks and tablecloths

  • Balloons

  • Scissors

  • Optional: yarn or ribbon for band

  • Optional: hole punch


  1. Create your paper mache mixture by adding 3/4 cup water to 1 cup of Elmer's glue

  2. Add more water or glue to achieve desired consistency

  3. Blow up your balloon to the size that you would like your mask to be molded to

  4. Rip up pieces of newspaper and dip into the glue mixture

  5. Place newspaper strips onto the balloon, and layer until you have built a strong base and shape for your mask. Be sure to build extra detail and structure in places like the nose or eyes to define the face

  6. Allow these to dry for at least 24 hours and come back to decorate!

  7. Now that your paper mache has dried, you can pop the balloons and grab your paint supplies! Trim the mask to the desired shape if there is not a clean line

  8. Begin by outlining the design you want to create on your mask. Consider if you are making an animal face, a human face, or a completely original creation!

  9. Begin with one color at a time, paint the mask to add colors and illusions of textures. Experiment during this process to make the mask your own!

  10. Allow for masks to dry.

  11. Additionally, you can glue on elements such as pom poms or gems - and add yarn or ribbon to the sides to create a band to tie around your head

  12. Great job making your own Carnival Mask!

Vibrant Bubble Art!

Bubble Art is the perfect craft for little makers to explore the magic of everyday household items! Grab some soap and watch as your bubbles paint your canvas.

What You Will Need:

  • Dish soap

  • Water

  • Tempera or acrylic paint

  • Mixing bowl

  • Straw

  • Mixed media paper

  • Posca pens or drawing supplies!


  1. Begin by creating your bubble mixture! This will be roughly equal parts water and soap, and ½ that amount of paint

  2. Stir your mixture, and then using a straw - begin to blow up bubbles in your mixing container

  3. Grab your mixed media paper, and press it into the bubbles

  4. Repeat this step multiple times and experiment with layering different colors of bubbles!

  5. Allow your paper to dry, and then grab your posca pens or coloring supplies to draw a fun and unique design on top of your bubble art!

We hope you have a blast creating these spunky carnival crafts! Shout us out on Instagram if you try these at home - we would love to see what you come up with!

Community Art Show!

Our Community Art Show was fantastic! Thank you to everyone who came out to see artwork from a collection of local artists - we had so much fun dancing to a live DJ, snacking on our favorite treats, making vinyl record spin art, and entering in the raffle for our studio fundraiser! Thank you to all the artists that contributed, we can’t wait for our next art show at our Hayes Valley Maker Studio!

Didn’t get the chance to make it to our community art show - but still Interested in helping us keep our studio safe? Click here to learn more!

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