Clown Toss Party Game

(with NO - SEW bean bags!!!)

From week ending 7/19/98

Design and Instructions by Diana Trupiano

The Clown Toss Game       Bean bag close-up

This is one of the most fun games for kids (of ALL ages) at any party, or especially on a rainy day. It's quick and easy to make, and can be used over and over again. AND...there is NO sewing involved!


1 box (Any size will do. I'm an Avon lady, and get my shipments in wonderful boxes with lids, but any box will work just fine.)

Fabric scraps: 1- 6" x 12" piece for each bean bag (I made four)

Low temp glue gun and sticks

Aleene's Thick Designer Tacky Glue

Aleene's Acrylic Paints in: Holiday Red; True Blue; Holiday Green; Medium Fuchia

Black permanent marker

Bean bag filler (I used plastic pellets, but rice, beans or sand will do) about 1/2 - 3/4 cup for each bean bag

Aleene's Satin Sheen Twisted Ribbon in: Orange; Yellow

White spray paint

Pinking Shears


Paint brush and sponge


  1. Spray paint entire box white, let dry.

  2. Lightly draw face on box with pencil. Make mouth hole at least 8" across.

  3. Paint face on box. Two coats may be needed to cover the spray paint. Cheeks can be sponged on. Let dry.

  4. Outline painted features with permanent marker.

  5. Cut orange Satin Sheen into 6 - 9" pieces.

  6. Untwist all pieces. Fold in half width wise and crease. Run a thin line of low temp glue down the crease and quickly fold in half. Press to flatten glue. Tear from ends to fold to make a fringed edge. Repeat with remaining pieces. Glue around top of "head", see picture for placement.

  7. Cut a piece of yellow Satin Sheen 36" long. Untwist and flatten. Tear into thin "raffia" strips. Gather strips together and tie in a large bow. Glue at the bottom of the face for a bow tie, fluff.

  8. Fold fabric scraps in half, wrong sides together, to make two 6" layers. Trace shapes onto fabric and cut out.

  9. Remove "top" piece of shape. Apply Designer Glue to entire edge of "bottom" piece, about 1/2" wide.

  10. Lay the other piece over the top and press around the edge, leaving 2" open for filling.

  11. Fill bean bag 2/3 full. Press remaining edges together. Set aside to dry.

  12. Repeat with all remaining shapes.

  13. When glue is completely dry, trim around the edge of all bean bags with pinking sheers, if desired.


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