Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sideshow Ticket Booth

Happy Saturday, everyone! As a kid, I looked forward to visiting the fair every summer. I always made my way to the midway and have been perpetually fascinated with the mysterious sideshow banners. My project today features this essential part of the fairground of my youth – a sideshow ticket booth fashioned from a GSL Fortune Teller Booth, available over at Alpha Stamps. 
Before gluing the booth together, I papered the interior walls of the booth with BoBunny Double Dot paper in a deep red.  I used the side wall pieces as templates to cut both the interior and exterior papers.
I added a few fun embellishments cut from Graphic 45's Le Cirque borders, a 30 cent event ticket and an ALIVE image I photocopied from a book on sideshows. 
These five pieces make up the base of the booth. 
Once those were glued together I topped it with the booth's floor, which was covered in a wood grain paper from Recollections.
Then glued in place.
Next the booth's walls were glued in place. I used a rubber band to hold everything together while the glue dried.
The platform was painted a deep brown. 
Here are the five pieces that made the roof of the booth. The ceiling was papered in Paper Studio Great Circus Company paper.

The exterior got the same Recollections wood grain paper and a few HO scale sideshow poster decals.  I found those on ebay while searching for a sideshow poster for my craft room.  :-)
Thanks for stopping by!
GSL Products Used

Other Products Used
Tacky glue
Acrylic paint
Paper Studio Great Circus Company
BoBunny Double Dot paper
Graphic 45 Le Cirque borders
Sideshow poster water decals


  1. So fun!! I too loved going to the fair. I enjoyed the wildlife exhibit that always cost extra and would have things from my favorite woodland area. The freak show was still a thing when I was young and always on an out of the way section of the fair. I only bravely ventured in once and was disappointed with the specimens in jars. You’ve captured the nostalgia of my youth. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Thanks Jon David, we seem to have similar childhood memories!

    1. Yes we do! I grew up in Pennsylvania without a tv or telephone. We played outside all day and looked forward to the town carnivals and county fairs.

  3. Such a fabulous project. Instantly evokes images of county fairs!

  4. I love this! I wish I could have visited one of these fairs in their hey-day.