As a child, I had no idea that clowns were people in make-up; I thought they just came that way. I found out the truth on a View Master reel and was more disappointed than when I learned about Santa.
Anyway, this is an adorable clown.Materials
3" round kraft-paper box
1" wooden bead
white card stock
black and white printed paper
solid color card stock
long thin bolt
black acrylic paint
white acrylic paint
ultra thin point black sharpie marker
hot glue gun
Poke a hole in the middle of the top of the box. Insert the bolt. This will make it easier to hold the top while you paint it. Paint the outside and inside of the top and the inside of the bottom of the box. Allow to dry then glue a strip of the black and white paper (I used a sheet of music) to the outside of the box.
Measure the diameter of the top of the box then cut 2 strips of white card stock that are half the diameter. In this case, the box is 3" in diameter so I cut two strips 1 1/2" wide by 11" long. Accordion pleat each strip. Glue the ends of the strips to each other to form a circle.
Download the hat pattern here. Cut the hat out of the solid paper and carefully score along the inside circle with the tips of your scissors. (the paper is more green than yellow but it just photographed this color - sorry)
Starting in the center of the hat, pull it along the edge of a ruler like you pull curly ribbon. Repeat, starting at the center and pull to the other side. This should cause the hat to roll. Fold up the brim and glue the edges together with a very thin bead of hot glue.
Practice the harlequin clown face on a scrap piece of paper. The eyebrows should be slightly off to the side. For the eyes, draw a football shape with a circle in the center for the pupil. Draw thin triangles above and below the eyes and put two dots in the middle of the face for a nose. A small red heart shape forms the mouth. Bisect the mouth with a thin black line.
Put the wooden bead on a paint brush handle to make it easy to hold while you paint it with 2 coats of white acrylic paint. When dry, draw on the face, putting it on the bottom half of the bead.
Place the bolt on the box top in this sequence; bolt, washer, box top, washer, nut (screw down), accordion-pleated ruff (glue down with hot glue), head, washer, nut. Screw down firmly but not too tight.