Flaming Circus Ring Costume Accessory

My family loves dressing up – St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, Oktoberfest, Santacon and Halloween are some of our favorite reasons to get into the costume closet.

Last year, we decided on a circus theme for Halloween. I dressed as a ringmaster lion tamer and my husband (and our pup) dressed as lions.

I always love costumes that incorporate props, so I just had to make a flaming circus ring.


It was cheap and super easy to make.

Here’s how to make a fiery circus ring prop for a Halloween costume or circus themed birthday party using a hula hoop.

Since I don’t have kids, I didn’t have the hula hoop on hand, but I went and found a cheap one at the Dollar Tree – score! They also sell black duct tape, which I bought and used to cover the entire hoop.


Then, I created a photo of flames that I could fold around the hoop and printed it on the largest paper my printer can print, which is 13″x19″.

Depending on the size of your hoop, you may want to print multiple flame pictures. I printed 2 large sheets.


Then I cut out the flames:


I made sure that when folded the edges lined up well.


Next, I wrapped the flames around the hoop and used paper clips to hold them in place.


Since the white back sides of the photo paper showed around the edges, I used a black marker to color in the back edges of each flame.


Then, I used clear packing tape to attach the first set of flames to the hoop. It’s a little hard to see the tape in the picture, but I was sure to overlap onto the hoop so the flames would stay put.


For the outside flames, I folded the tape over and put in inside – between the hoop and the inside of the printed flame – so that the tape wouldn’t show at all.

Finally, I glued the tips of the flames together with a glue stick (I re-attached the paperclips just to hold everything in place until it dried).


And here we all are on Halloween night – I think the flaming circus ring accessory came out great!



Easy Giant Foam Board Photo Frame Prop

My husband and I throw an annual party we call the Jean Short Jamboree.

Attendees must wear jean shorts – the whackier the better! – and there’s always a prize for the “Jean Short Jampion” which is the best dressed party goer.

Here’s an example of what goes down around here on JSJ weekend:


Good times.

Dakota likes to join in on the fun too.


One of my favorite props is this giant denim photo frame for taking pictures:


How to make your own giant foam board photo booth frame:

You will need:

  • Large Foam Board (I got mine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon – yesss!)
  • Fabric* (or embellishments, sharpies – whatever you wish to decorate with)
  • Rotary Cutter or Blade Cutter (to cut foam board)
  • Scissors (to cut fabric)
  • Glue (I used Aleene’s tacky glue)

*I chose to cover mine with fabric, but you could also paint, decorate with sharpies or glue embellishments to the front.

Once you have all your supplies, draw out the design for your frame. I sketched my design with pencil by marking the middle of each edge and drawing a swirl between each middle point.

Then, use either a rotary cutter (this makes it so easy – if you don’t have one I highly recommend getting one as I use mine all the time and it makes cutting everything from fabric to foam board a cinch) or a blade knife to cut out your design.

Here’s mine after I cut it out:


So far so good!

Next, if covering with fabric, lay your cut-out foam on your fabric.


Use your rotary cutter & mat (or scissors) to cut out the fabric, leaving a generous border:



My fabric was a bit wrinkled, so at this point I ironed it out.


Now for the really tedious part. If your frame has curved edges like mine, you’ll have to cut several small sections and glue them folded over like this:


Just keep going until you’ve gone all the way around your frame.


If the interior of your frame is squared off like mine, simply cut diagonal lines at each corner.


Then fold over to back and glue into place.




Don’t worry about how the back looks!


Another staple decoration of our Jean Short Jamboree is this fun pallet sign pointing the way to the fun. Cute, huh?