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A very last minute edition to my little girls Toy Story birthday party were carnival stalls! I had originally planned to hire some carnival games but as time went on I realised I could probably make something myself that I could re-use over and over again in the future for a fraction of the cost.
So I set about investigating how on earth I could construct some stalls! I ended up making the carnival stalls out of white PVC waste pipe you can pick up from Tool Station or Screwfix relatively cheaply!

What Do I Need

To make 3 Carnival Stalls out of PVC Pipe I needed:

  • 9 x 3m lengths of PVC Pipe
  • 12 x tee joints
  • 12 x 90° bends
  • 12 x straight couplings

Overall this cost me about £50 to purchase all of the items above. I used a 40mm pipe so it was a little more sturdy.

Make Your Own Carnival Stalls From PVC Pipe

Once we had all the parts together, we had to cut everything to the right size. I made the stalls slightly smaller so they were a good height for a bunch of wild 3 and 4 years old. You can adapt this to whatever size you need, however you might need more than the number of pieces described above.

How Did We Cut The Pipes

We cut the PVC pipes into the following lengths:

  • 2 x 35″
  • 2 x 25″
  • 4 x 40″
  • 4 x 10″
  • 2 x 10″
  • 2 x 3″

This is the numbers you need PER STALL. Before we cut anything out we sat and worked out how best to cut everything to get the most out of the PVC pipes. I didn’t want to be left with odd lengths that we couldn’t use for anything and then have to buy even more!

You could adapt this if you needed the stall to be wider or taller (or to even have more depth to it!).

Here’s a handy diagram I drew to explain how everything went together:

Diagram of how to make your own Carnival Stalls out of PVC Pipe

The 10″ lengths at the bottom could be optional – I added them as I was originally going to set them in some cement (in a tub or some cans!) to keep the stalls steady. In the end we decided against this because it would have taken a little longer and we were already running out of time!
You could also add another 35″ pipe joining the lower front section if you needed too.

Fixing the cover

Here’s a test we did in the kitchen at home!

I added some striped red and white fabric across the top to give it a carnival theme! I didn’t have much time to spend sewing something that would fit exactly right so I used some velcro to help stick the fabric onto the pipes.

I added some fabric down the back of the stalls too so when bean bags or hoops were being thrown they wouldn’t disappear out of the back of the stall! To give the sides a little more strength, I tied some carnival bunting across.

If I had more time I would have really likes to have added some lights to the front of the stalls to give them that Toy Story 4 carnival look!

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