Friday, 21 October 2016

Popsicle Stick Ferris Wheel

After a long time i am doing a craft out of my favorite material, Popsicle sticks. Today we will be doing a Ferris wheel from Popsicle Sticks.
You need the following things:
1. Popsicle Sticks
2. Bamboo or craft skewers
3. Glue Gun
 

Lets get started:
1. Make two small circle out cardboard and cover it with color paper.


2. Turn the circle over and glue 8 Popsicle sticks as shown.


3. Take another Popsicle stick and it across 2 Popsicle's to make a triangle a shown.


4. Repeat the process across all the 8 sticks.


5. The base of the Ferris wheel is ready. Repeat process 1-4 to make another

6. If you notice we have left a small length at the top of the Popsicle stick just before it forms the triangle. You need to make make holes in all 8 sticks on both the wheels. The carriage of the Ferris wheel will be fitted here.


7. Next step is to join the 2 wheels. For this take 4 Popsicle sticks and stick them as shown. The Popsicle sticks are about 6cm in length.


8. Stick the second wheel on top of the sticks.


9. Next step is to make the tower on which the wheels will sit. The height needs to be such that when the wheel is placed on it the carriages should turn without touching the ground. The tower that i made was about 19cm in length. The base on which it is placed is about 15cms.


10. Stick the tower to the base.


11. You need to make eight carriages for the Ferris wheel. Make sure that the carriage will fit and move freely in between the two wheels. You need to make two holes on the Popsicle sticks that are standing for connecting the carriage and the wheel. The holes needs to be slightly larger than you skewer so that once connected it moves freely.


12. Once all the 8 carriages are done connect the carriage to the Ferris wheel with a bamboo or craft skewer. Push a pen through the two cardboard holes of the Ferris wheel. then place the wheel on the base tower. I stuck a small Popsicle stick to the top of the pen so that it would help me turn the wheel.


Check it out in action:


Few points to remember while doing this craft:
1. Make sure both the wheels align exactly on top of each other or else there will be problems while fixing the carriage.
2. Calculate the height of the tower before hand. I made a mistake and had to add some sticks to adjust the height.
3. I used a lot of glue gun for this project so please take the help of an adult if you are a kid. :)

Finally my inspiration for the craft is from a video from crazyartline channel from YouTube. For the link Click Here
Make your own and let me know how it goes.

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