UpCycle Carnival: Knock ‘Em Down! Game

DIY Carnival GameWe had a blast coming up with a simple party tutorial in the spirit of Earth Day. This classic carnival game can be recreated at home with recycled plastic bottles, food coloring and a few felt bean bags. Have hours of simple, colorful, inexpensive fun according to this little guy.
DIY Carnival Game
Read on toย get the step-by-step tutorial for our Knock ‘Em Down! Game and Hexagon Beanbags, plus sneak a peek at the other Consumer Crafts projects from Made, Petit Elefant, and Make and Takes
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Now, here’s how we made this simple Knock ‘Em Down Carnival Game.

Save 6-10 clear plastic bottles of your liking. Look for clear bottles with wide, flat caps. Peal off the plastic labels.

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Fill the bottles with water and add a drop of food coloring to each. It would also be really pretty to use natural food coloring,

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If one of your colors is too intense, dump out part of the colored water and refill with water.

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Now for some cute hexagon bean bags!

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Use a hexagon template to cut your felt. This makes cutting hexagons of any size simple to cut. You can also make a template from cardboard!

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The fastest way to stitch your beanbags is by machine but I couldn’t resist a little bedtime hand-stitching. Just make sure your stitches are small enough to hold in the beans. Once you have just 2 sides left open , fill the bag with beans and finish by sewing up.

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Sew through just one layer of the felt when starting and ending so the thread ends are tucked neatly inside.

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Cut cut cut! Stuff and Sew!

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Line them up and let the party begin!
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Some of our favorite bloggers were also on task. Dana from Made created a clever Tin Can Caddy, Petit Elefant designed a fun DIY T-shirt Necklace tutorial and Make and Takes came up with a sweet Washi Tape Vase that makes me eager to pull out some of my washi stash I keep buying. Head on over and show them some love.



Kat Chavez

Oh goodness I love that hexagram ruler, hmmm the ideas are churning. My daughters favorite craft supply is probably duck tape, she decorate everything with the stuff.


SO many great ideas! I would totally rock those t-shirt necklaces… we’ve come a long way since macaroni on yarn, haven’t we? ๐Ÿ˜‰


Oh, right, favorite craft supply: right now it’s washi tape because it seems like the ultimate craft item. Thing is I don’t have much, I don’t have much time for that matter either… ๐Ÿ˜‰


Hi! My favorite craft supply is 100% cotton fabric!! Along with homemade paper… The inspire me no end!! ๐Ÿ˜€


Cute beanbags. I’m thinking maybe this could be a fun way to teach all those odd shapes(like the hexagon).
As for my favorite craft supply right now, I’d have to say hot glue. My 3 year old loves to use it as it dries so quickly, and it can be used for so many things, it’s awesome!


Love it! Thanks for turning me on to Consumer Crafts! I am in love with the whole baking area. I could use some pans!

Mrs. hutch

My favorite craft supply comes from the dollar section of Michaels, it those packages of different ribbon and embellishments, they are 1 yd each and I love adding them to projects I am putting together.


I love all of the organizers. I am on a organizing my craft room kick right now.

Lori Morton

My Rotary Cutter & Mat..with my templates & Rulers are Important…but my Sewin’ Machine is my Favorite craftin’ tool for sure!!!

ruby t

My favorite craft supply is paper….any kind of paper. I sew it together, collage it for small pieces on board or for cards. I mix lots of recycled paper in with the new.

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