Project CAT - Challenge #7: Ferris Wheel

Hello! Welcome back to Project CAT! Trevor again. Today we are making a WORKING ferris wheel! It is very cool but it is one of the most difficult crafts I have ever made. You can follow my directions to make a difficult ferris wheel that works, or you can make a simpler version without all of the brads.

Here's a sneak peek of what we're going to make:

Materials: blue cardstock for background, other colors of cardstock for ferris wheel and riders, something large and round to trace, pencil, scissors, paper piercer, brads (1 large, 4 small), ruler, glue, colored pencils

Step 1: Using your circular object, trace around and inside it and cut that out to make the large circle of the ferris wheel.

Step 2: Cut 3 strips of paper to make the base of the ferris wheel (that holds it up) and 4 long and skinny strips to make the spokes of the wheel.

Step 3: Punch a hole in the center of each spoke. Put them each onto the large brad. Then glue the spokes to the large circle.

Step 4: Poke a hole in the center of the blue paper. Put your ferris wheel brad in the hole. Now your ferris wheel spins! If you want to, you can skip the brad and your ferris wheel will not spin. It will be much easier to make. If you do this, you should probably skip all of the brads in later steps because it will just get harder.

Step 5: Make four carts (seats) using 2" x 3" rectangles. Fold the sides and the bottom 1/2" and snip a tiny bit along the bottom for 1/2" to make a tab for gluing.

Step 6: Glue the outside of the tab and attach the other tabs to that to make a cart.

Step 7: Make riders for your ferris wheel using construction paper or cardstock. Glue them to the carts.

Step 8: Poke holes in four of the spokes to hold the carts. Poke holes in four 3" cardstock strips too. Fold up 1/2" of each end of the strips. Put the brads in each strip to connect the strips to the ferris wheel. 

Step 9: Attach the carts to the strips by gluing them on the strips. Hold them in place for a few minutes to let the glue dry. Done!

Ta da!

A bunny in the ferris wheel?!

Now it's your turn! Create a ferris wheel like mine or something inspired by this ferris wheel for a chance to win! The last day to enter is Sunday, August 16 at noon Pacific.


  1. Love the surprise of the bunny! You are too funny!!!

  2. Wow, that's so elaborate! Great work. So inventive. Love the surprise bunny! Hee!

  3. Gosh!This is super cute! What a great idea!

  4. Really nice! Thank you for the instructions!

  5. Omg! I am in fifth grade and my mom showed me this and I was so amazed by your outstanding work and your son!

    1. Thanks! Sadly, he's 16 now and doesn't craft with his mom anymore. I love looking back on posts like this from when we did craft together.


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