Here is something I've had in the works for a while and I finally completed it. It's been added to my Watermelon Party Etsy page.
This carousel is a cute and fun way to display and serve cupcakes at a children's party or any other festive event. The carousel holds 8-12 cupcakes (depending on their size). It measures about 15"h x 15"w x 40"c and turns very smoothly on an attached lazy-susan. The carousel can also be used to decorate a child's room with plastic zoo animals or other toys and dolls. It will also look great as a display piece in your studio or family room with small picture frames or small collectibles riding on it.
With the exception of the plastic lazy-susan and glass mirrors, the entire carousel is made using sturdy cardboard and paper. The platform has been painted in a faux wood technique with gold dresden accents. The drop rods were wrapped with handmade paper string and painted with gold acrylic paint. The cresting is painted and decorated with dresden, doily's and vintage images of buildings, people and scenery. The center pole is decorated in orange, white and yellow striped paper with rounded glittery red paper borders. There are three dresden edged mirrors around the center pole. The canopy is painted white and blue with a coordinating flag on top. The carousel comes with the five (vintage carousel animal) cupcake toppers shown, including: a bear, giraffe, tiger, lion and zebra.
This carousel was so much fun to make and in hopes of sharing its construction with you, I plan to post a tutorial on how to make it. One thing I wanted to share with you now was a tip on a new product (at least new to me) called Paverpol. Several layers of the transparant Paverpol were applied to the dresden and especially the very fragile doily's. With the help of the Paverpol, the doily's are now very resilient. They are almost like bendable plastic now! Thank you to Sandy Little and Christa Light for sharing this amazing product with me!