Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Vintage Carousel with cutting file and assembly instructions

In keeping in line with the county fair season, I’ve also made this little carousel and am enclosing the cutting file and assembly instructions below for this project.  I’ve participated in the Wild Orchid Challenge 58 “Layer it Up”  with this project as well as the September Pazzles Challenge.  The cutting file includes the round base and the pleated top along with the top band.   The horses are not included in the cutting file as they were downloaded from the Pazzles library.














It is necessary to use a thin chipboard for the round bottom base to support the project.  As in the last post, I used Colorbok “whiteboard” which is thin, but sturdy, and cuts easily with the Pazzles Inspiration.

Start by cutting and scoring the chipboard pieces.

Glue the two chipboard bands together (a little overlap is OK when glueing). Fold in the scored teeth on the chipboard  band and then wrap the band into a circle.  Overlap the ends a little and then glue the ends together (use the circle cutouts as a guide to know how much overlap there should be on the band) Glue both circle cut-outs to the band’s teeth.  This is not difficult since the chipboard holds it’s shape while glueing. Apply your decorative paper to cover the chipboard circular base.

For the center circular roof support, shape the decorative paper or card stock  (needs to be thick/sturdy) into a roll and glue. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the base of this roll to the center of the circular base. Prepare your horses and poles.  The poles were made by cutting and painting bamboo skewers and then wrapping ribbon around them.   I downloaded the different horses from the Pazzles library and sized them each to approximately 3″ x 3.”  Glue the horses to the bamboo poles and then use a hot glue gun to adhere the poles to the circular base.

Glue the 3 pieces of the pleated top together and then fold like a fan along the scored lines.  Depending on how wide you want your pleated top to be,  you may want to cut off some of the length.

Now glue the ends together to make a circle.

Bring the side with the straight edges toward the center as if you were making a rosette, but not all the way down – just enough to where the small chipboard circle cutout will cover the top edges.

Use the hot glue gun to firmly adhere the small chipboard circle to the top of the pleated carousel top.  The small chipboard circle has a small hole so you can insert a pole for a flag.

The top band that fits over the pleated top is optional.  If you want to use it, shape and size the top band into a circle that will fit the carousel pleated top.

Use a hot glue gun to adhere this to the pleated top. Apply hot glue to the pole tops and attach the carousel top quickly making sure your poles are set straight before the glue dries.


Vintage Wagon with Cutting File

I love the romantic, vintage look of this little wagon. The September Pazzles Challenge is to make something special that brings to mind the month of September.  For me, it is the county fairs here in Oklahoma.  I have always looked forward to the festivity of county fairs since I was a child.  The excitement of the exhibits, food, and carnival atmosphere is a joy that only comes once a year in September!  This little wagon brings to mind the many carnival wagons at the fair selling their wares and specialty food items.  I’ve also participated in the Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge #57 which is “Summer Flowers” as I have used tons of beautiful summer flowers from WOC.

I found the manual template for this vintage carnival wagon here, but am enclosing the WPC cutting file here and the SVG cutting file here for those with that capability. Just right click on the cutting file link to “Save File” on your com­puter.    Then open in your machine software.  The cutting file includes everything except for the fence which I downloaded from the Pazzles Library.   It’s important to use chipboard as a base for the wagon to provide stability.  Chipboard was used as a base for everything except for the roof, fence,  and the flower boxes.  I used Colorbok “whiteboard” which is somewhat thin with the approximate thickness of a credit card.  This cut very easily with just one pass with my Pazzles Inspiration using the chipboard setting.  You can then cut and apply decorative paper over the chipboard like I did.  The roof can be removed to reveal a nice sized box!  I used strong magnets for the cardstock/paper roof so that it would curve and attach perfectly to the sides.  Just remember to remove the roof carefully if you use magnets or the project could tear.  If you don’t want to use it as a box, you can just glue the roof onto the sides.

TIP:  Since there are no tabs on the stairs, I used a hot glue gun which worked great to quickly adhere the chipboard pieces.  I also used the hot glue gun to affix the cardstock fence to the chipboard front porch.