The inspiration for this adorable theme came from the Dots on Turquoise border from Creative Teaching Press. I just loved the color combinations used in this darling collection. The minute I saw the large polka dots, I envisioned a carnival theme with non-traditional carnival colors. Typically, you would see primary colors used in a carnival, but I LOVED the thought of creating a fresher, more updated carnival look using turquoise, red, lime green, and orange. The coordinating striped border instantly made me think of a carnival canopy with its scalloped design. When all of the colors are put together, you have a look that is fun and HAPPY!
One of my favorite elements in this theme is the photo booth. How many times do you take your student’s pictures throughout the year?!?! Wouldn’t this be a cute back drop for all of their school memories? I also loved the big top that was created on the ceiling of my “classroom.” I found the most perfect striped wrapping paper at Party City and knew that I had to use it to create the focal point of the room. Wouldn’t that be incredible to hang above your classroom meeting area?!?! I have to admit, I had anxiety about actually getting it up on the ceiling. How would I do it? Well,I ended up using Command Brand hook and loop fasteners to attach it to the ceiling and it worked like a charm! I created coordinating curtains out of the wrapping paper by folding the paper over a tension rod and stapling the bottom. I finished off the adorable curtains with the coordinating polka dot border. Super easy and super cheap to finish off the look of the room. Lastly, I staged the room like it was an Open House night at your school – cupcakes with my carnival tags as toppers, striking balloons, gorgeous banners, prizes, colorful tags, fun ribbon, supplies, caddies, and storage containers in an array of happy colors!
Regardless of how you choose to decorate your classroom, I hope I gave you a little inspiration to create a fun and happy environment for your own students. Seeing those happy faces come into your classroom on that first day is priceless!
Banners, table signs, book basket bags, multipurpose tags, nameplates, cupcake toppers, honeycomb tissue balls – Schoolgirl Style
Concession stand items, balloons (red, blue, orange), red & white polka dot straws, prize containers: Shop Sweet Lulu (www.shopsweetlulu.com)
Red & white striped wrapping paper, tickets: Party City
Designer letters & borders: Dots on Turquoise – Creative Teaching Press
Green daisies, orange daisies, lime green rugs, turquoise files and storage containers, Keep Calm and Carry On canvas: Meijer
Stuffed lion, elephants, gumballs: Toys R’ Us
Red & white striped pillows, turquoise & white striped storage containers, glass jars: Pottery Barn
Ribbon, red buckets, tigers, green glitter bags: Michaels
Lime utility baskets, turquoise caddies, popcorn storage containers: Dollar Tree
Goldfish – Carson Dellosa
Water border – Trend
Green balloons: Polka Dot Market (www.polkadotmarket.com)