Paper City Circus!

A couple of weeks ago I finished some circus paintings for a pediatric dentist’s office here in Portland. After they were done, I thought the designs would translate well to a circus themed Paper City. So here it is – Paper City Circus!

My kids liked the idea too. Especially our almost two year old who loves roaring like a lion. Nice!

All of the printable templates are below. And I’d love to see your colored in versions if you’d like to post a photo on the Made by Joel Facebook Page.

Hope you enjoy the big top show!

Click on the images below, then print.

If you’d like to take a look at the original paintings, you can click on the image below.


  1. May 24, 2013 at 3:06 am

    [...] Love Joel’s circus and can’t wait until C is ready for this kind of [...]

    Reply »
  2. hatav
    May 24, 2013 at 6:36 am


    Reply »
  3. May 24, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Oh goodness, your kids are getting so big. The circus playset is terrific:)Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering

    Reply »
  4. May 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    We love it ! Thanks a lot !

    Reply »
  5. May 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Joel, The paintings are rad! Of course the paper cities are great, but I love the colours in the paintings! I also love the dude in the hot air balloon. Just hanging out doing his thing in an awesome hat. (reading too much into it? Possibly.)

    Reply »
  6. May 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    These are great! And so are your paintings, btw. But I can't wait to have my kid color these in. I'm sure they'll be on coffee table display for a long, long time.... or at least until my 1yo chews them.

    Reply »
  7. May 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks everybody! I'm embroidering a tee shirt with the unicycle guy on it right now. should be pretty sweet!

    Reply »
  8. May 28, 2013 at 9:37 am


    Reply »
  9. June 1, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Love all your artwork, always! especially your colouring sheets (that is how we spell in Australia) which I use with 4 to 6 year olds Can you please head me in the right direction re making a simple shape drawing into something that can be printed out for preschool teachers? I have got a clue where to start. I can do the drawing but not sure what to do next.

    Reply »
    1. June 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks Lesley. And yes, after you do the drawing, you need to scan it, then turn it into a PDF. If you don't have a scanner, and happen to have an iPhone, then I would suggest downloading an app called TurboScan. (I have nothing to do with them, but it's a pretty nifty app.) You just hold your phone over your drawing and snap 3 photos, then it turns it into a perfect black and white scan and pops out a PDF, which you can have emailed automatically to yourself. If you don't have an iPhone or similar, then you'll need a scanner, and it's a bit more technical.

  10. June 2, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Thanks so much Joel for this helpful and prompt reply. Cheers!

    Reply »
  11. June 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Just discovered your blog through Joy Cho's book, Blog Inc! Can't believe it's taken me so long to find you! I'm an art teacher/mom who is always looking for fun new things to do with my students and children. Thanks!

    Reply »
    1. June 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for writing the kind note Christine. Glad you got Joy's book!

  12. June 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Thank you for sharing :) I play circus with my daughter and it was fun :) I wrote about it on my blog

    Reply »
    1. June 7, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Excellent! I love all of the great photos you took of the circus making. Thanks for sharing!!

  13. June 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    [...] you’re done drinking, print out this cute Paper Circus by the genius Joel @ Made By Joel. He’s got loads of other awesome paper printables that can [...]

    Reply »
  14. July 5, 2013 at 5:27 am

    [...] this summer, make sure you check out Made by Joel’s archives of printable toys. Perhaps a paper circus or Oscillating Bird Science [...]

    Reply »
  15. July 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    [...] thought this printable by Made by Joel was really appropriate considering it’s theme. To get the kiddies even more geared up for [...]

    Reply »
  16. September 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    [...] Un jeu de cirque sympathique pour amuser les enfants (voir même les plus grands :) à télécharger gratuitement sur le joli blog de Made By Joel. [...]

    Reply »
  17. November 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    [...] He’s adorable. DIY Tutorial: Circus Paper City by Made by Joel – free! – blog here We have used a number of Joel’s tutorials now and they are all great. You could make a [...]

    Reply »
  18. November 17, 2013 at 9:14 am

    They are very nice! Thank you!

    Reply »
  19. December 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    [...] just add this one picture of these paper toys you can download and make with your young child. You really should just go on over there if you [...]

    Reply »
  20. February 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    [...] Inspiration and downloads from this Madebyjoel. Awesome collage artist Suzanna Scott of Sushipot shows off her Vintage Mother Goose Circus, fun. [...]

    Reply »
  21. June 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    […] días mirando la web de arriba abajo y creo que, para empezar, voy a probar con un recortable: Paper City Circus! Simplemente hay que imprimir los dibujos de Joel, colorearlos, recortarlos y vuestros hijos […]

    Reply »
  22. July 14, 2014 at 4:15 am

    […] W deszczową sobotę bawiliśmy się w CYRK. Podstawą jest wydrukowanie rysunków Joela Henriguesa. PLIK do POBRANIA <kliknij> […]

    Reply »

Leave a Comment

We would be glad to get your feedback. Take a moment to comment and tell us what you think.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.