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How To: Upcycled Easter Ferris Wheel Craft

How To: Upcycled Easter Ferris Wheel Craft

Upcycled Easter Ferris Wheel Craft

 

 

Retykle Ambassador Stephanie Poon, the crafty and creative mama behind @littlecitytales on Instagram shows us how to upcycle materials you already have at home and transform them into an Easter Ferris wheel kids of all ages can enjoy!

This upcycled Easter craft is made with a few simple materials that prove that old things can be transformed into new and exciting things!

 

Materials 

 

  • Paper plates x 2 
  • Egg cartons x 6 
  • Scissors 
  • Paint 
  • Cardboard 
  • Paper fasteners 
  • Double sided tape / glue gun

 

 

Paper plates

First, take two paper plates and layer them on top of each other. You can use a bit of masking tape to secure or a clip. Then, roughly divide your plate’s flat part into six segments but drawing three lines. Draw out a triangle within one of these segments. Then cut this out and trace for the other five segments. 

For older kids, this is a good activity to learn about fractions at the same time. Try to cut through two plates together. If adult is doing this step, you may opt to use an exacto knife but not necessary. 

 

Once you’ve cut the six triangles, twist the plates slightly until the top strips sit nicely between the bottom ones. This forms the trusses for your ferris wheel and makes it more secure! Stick the plates together with double sided tape. Paint in any colour you like. Pastels generally work well for Easter!

Egg Cartons

Cut up an egg box so you get six egg carton holders. Paint these in any colour you like. We opted for all shades of the rainbow in stripes! Then poke a hole on one of the sides and insert a paper fastener. Poke six holes on your paper plate and adhere your egg cartons to using the paper fasteners. You can add zig zag lines to your trusses if you prefer. 

Cardboard Support Tower

Take a long piece of rectangular cardboard, and fold in half. The folded length needs to be slightly longer than half of your ferris wheel’s diameter. You can fold the bottom parts inwards if you have sufficient length, or attach it to another small piece of cardboard. 

Then, attach your ferris wheel to the support tower using a paper fastener through the middle of the plate into the cardboard. Next, stick the support tower onto a larger cardboard base using double sided tape or glue gun. Then decorate as you wish!

 

Tip: If you want the cup holders to turn as you turn the ferris wheel, you need to make sure that the holes you make on the egg cartons and the paper plate are large enough to allow wiggle room for the paper fastener. The fastener should also be quite loosely tying the pieces together, rather than clamped tight. This will take some trial and error.

 

fun ways to play

Colour Sort (0-3 Years)

 

This is great for adding to any Easter themed small world play. We used some lego people, and some animal figurines to explore more about farm animals as well as theme parks!

 

 

Small World Play (3-6 years)

This is great for adding to any Easter themed small world play. We used some lego people, and some animal figurines to explore more about farm animals as well as theme parks!

 

Choco Egg Holder

The colour system also worked well for our older kids as they each got to choose three colours, which meant they each got three eggs and no fighting! This will last them through Easter and it’s a subtle way of limiting their sugar intake!

To find out more about Little City Tales and see what she and her family are up to on the daily as well as more crafting and lifestyle inspiration, please visit their Instagram.

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