Carnival Booth Idea
Rock your Spring carnival or festival with a kid-favorite, mom-approved booth that's a great money-maker >> the face painting booth! Keep things simple, fun and profitable for this carnival staple with these 10 hints & tips:
1. Take Note
Prep your face painting volunteers beforehand with a manual of drawings the booth plans to offer kids and ask volunteers what other characters or doodles they would like to add. Put together a shared Pinterest board for inspiration or watch tutorials and find tips online.
2. Make a Guide
Make sure you have a game plan going into the festival by posting one or two poster boards with drawings kids can pick from. Not only does this keep the line moving, but it ensures your volunteers don't get into a half-hour session of painting elaborate Pokemon characters on kids cheeks!
Bonus Tip: Go with an emoji theme and let kids ask for their favorite emoji to be painted on their cheek - the guide is right on your smart phone!
3. Have plenty of water
You can never have enough water! Not just for hydrating volunteers, but for soaking and cleaning brushes regularly too - keep a water source nearby and don't forget the paper towels as well in case things get messy.
4. Skip the paint - use temporary tattoos
A variety of temporary tattoos in bulk is your easiest alternative for a face-painting booth that also cuts down on time and gives more kids a chance to participate. It's super easy for volunteers to let kids pick a tattoo and quickly apply it with a damp wash cloth.
5. Use Stencils
If you don’t want to go the temporary tattoo route but have nervous volunteers, invest in some stencils for precise, fun designs. Post a pre-made poster of the stencil work, so kids can choose the one they want quickly and easily.
The secret to a satisfied face painting doesn’t lie in how well the drawing is, but in the magic of glitter. Finish off your creations with a squirt of face glitter to add that something extra!
7. Provide Mirrors
The first reaction your mini customers have to their new face art is always a delight - make it easy for them to bask and enjoy with small, handheld mirrors.
8. Save Time Scheduling Volunteers
Coordinate an alternating shift schedule of volunteers who can contribute and hour or two at your booth with free online sign-ups! Quickly set up your shifts, invite volunteers to sign up from their computer or smartphone and rely on eCalendar syncing and automated reminders to keep everyone on track. Get started now
9. Take Pictures
You know parents will want to document their kids enjoying the festival. Consider having an additional mini photo area, so the kids can show off their new temporary ink in a candid or two which can be emailed to parents or saved for the yearbook!
10. Carefully Clean Up
We know you’ll be in a rush to get your booth clean again, but keep records of your painting preparation for the next festival. Make sure to carefully clean your materials and keep everything in order, so you’ll be ready to paint next time.