One of the staples of any carnival or circus themed event is the popcorn cart. Colorful, flavorful, and just plain fun. But there’s no need rent one of these babies to get the full effect. With an empty cardboard box, plastic wrap and masking tape, paints, glue and paper plates, you can create a table top model of the popcorn cart for your at-home carnival or circus themed party. And it won’t take you that long to do it.
Decorate your cart in non-carnival type colors and/or graphics, and you’ve got a great birthday party decoration for almost any birthday party theme you might be using.
Get a good sized box, approx 2′ in length and obviously less wide. Cut ‘windows’ in all 4 sides of the box, leaving a good 2-3″ of cardboard around the edges to give it some strength. With masking tape, stretch the clear plastic wrap as tight as you can and tape it to 3 of the 4 sides, leaving one of the big windows open for serving up the popcorn for your guests.
Before attaching your paper plate wheels to the box, decorate it. Paint on red and yellow stripes with your child’s paint- 2 coats will probably be necessary to cover any graphics or text on the box. On the top margin above the windows, paint on “Popcorn 5 cents” (use the cent sign) in white or black (or whatever strikes your fancy).
Paint 2 large or 4 small paper plates a contrasting color- maybe blue for the red and white striped cart- and glue them onto the box as fake wheels.
Fill the box with the popcorn you’ve made your favorite way in the kitchen or purchased from the grocery. Be sure to print out and make these cute popcorn bags to serve up your popcorn for the kids.