I love Carousels, probably because all of the beautiful horses on them in various state of tossing their heads , they seem so wild and untamed. Actually every chance I get, I ride the Carousel. Silly I know, but it's one of my guilty pleasures. I am probably the only woman in my 40's that still rides them. It has to be a really cool one though before I will ride. The smaller ones with lame horses on them just don't do it for me. My husband just rolls his eyes, but my daughter will always ride. I wonder how old she will be when it's just not cool anymore. Hopefully, never.
Anyway. I have always wanted to make a Carousel out of paper. When I saw Noah's ABC Animals, I knew it would be perfect.
I started with George and welded a Triangle with a rectangle on both sides for tabs. I cut 15 of these at 6.014". I glued them all together to create the roof of the Carousel. I then measured the roof on the underside across the bottom and cut the largest circle I could on my E2 which was 11.25". I glued this to the underside of the roof.
Next, I cut out the horses. I used the 3-D horse on Noah's Abc's. I cut 5 at 5", each one from different colored cardstock. I wanted a palomino, black, bay, white and of course pinto. Below are the photo's of how I made the saddles. I used Old West for the Western Saddles, and a scrap of matching cardstock for the seat.
When these were all done. I added bridles out of ribbon and jump rings, and bling. Several of the horses have breast collars. Here they are all blinged out.
The pic above shows the "Mirrors" on the center pole. I researched pics of Carousels on line, and all most all of them had Mirrors all over the place. I put 2 on the Centerpole. I used Fancy Frames and George.
There is a piece under the horses hoofs, and at the very bottom of the carousel. The one on the bottom is .25" smaller then the top. I will tell you the reason later.
Here is a close up of the roof.
This pic shows where I covered the wooden dowel rods with "silver pieces"
I did the same with the top of the Carousel.
The reason I wanted the bottom slightly smaller than the top, is because I wanted to hide a mini album in the base.
I have made these star albums before(see this post Star Album), but I googled Carousel Mini, and found a really cool blog where this person added a top to her star album. I didn't use her pdf file, but just eyeballed it and created the album with my cricut using my dimensions. Her blog is Andthereweretwobears.
Well I hope you like my project. I really do. So what should the post be titled? Can you hear the Wurlitzer, or What was I thinking?