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Mini Ferris Wheel

I can’t help but be drawn to all things circus or carnival related. It’s such a fun party theme! Today I made a simple ferris wheel using drinking straws and wire. You can even put treats (or cotton candy?) into the muffin paper compartments!

Mini Ferris Wheel | Oh Happy Day!

Mini Ferris Wheel | Oh Happy Day!

Mini Ferris Wheel | Oh Happy Day!

Mini Ferris Wheel | Oh Happy Day!

Supplies: Straws, ruler, scissors, mini muffin papers, mini needle-nose pliers, wire, string, hot glue gun.

Step 1: Cut 24 straws in 5 1/2″ lengths.
Step 2: Threading wire through 3 of the straws, form a triangle and twist the wire to keep the straws in a tight triangle. Use the pliers to do this if necessary, and carefully bend/slide the twisted wire into the straw, now hidden.
Step 3: Thread a new piece of wire into one side of the first triangle and add 2 new straws to form an attached triangle, finishing it off as in step 2.
Step 4: Continue attaching triangles in this way until you have a hexagon made of 6 triangles. Then repeat steps 2-4 to form a second identical hexagon.
Step 5: Cut 6 straws into 3″ lengths. Thread wire through an edge of one hexagon, add 1 short straw, thread through an edge of the other hexagon, add another short straw, and twist the wire tight as usual. The two hexagons should now be connected.

Mini Ferris Wheel | Oh Happy Day!

Step 6: Continue to connect the two hexagons as in step 5; thread through a hexagon edge, the attached short straw, another hexagon edge, add on a new short straw, and twist. Do this until all sides are attached, as shown below.
Step 7: Cut another 3″ straw and hot glue it into the center of the hexagons. This will keep the structure much more secure.
Step 8: Cut 4 straws in 7″ lengths and 2 straws in 3″ lengths – I chose to do this in a new color. Use the wire to form two triangles, as shown below.
Step 9: Apply hot glue to the top of one triangle and attach to the center-post of the ferris wheel. Hold it in place until secure, and repeat for the second triangle.
Step 10: Cut 8 lengths of string in 5″ lengths, two for each mini muffin paper.
Step 11: Loop two pieces of string over one of the 3″ straws and hot glue into opposite sides of a muffin paper. Repeat for the remaining strings and muffin papers.

Mini Ferris Wheel | Oh Happy Day!

Mini Ferris Wheel | Oh Happy Day!

  1. Bella B

    October 1, 2015

    Such a clever project!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  2. Michelle

    October 1, 2015

    This is just too cute! Where do you get these ideas? I love this!

    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  3. Anne

    October 1, 2015

    This is so clever! I’m totally pinning this for future use! :)

    http://annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com/

  4. Paige

    October 1, 2015

    You did an amazing job on this ferris wheel! I love it!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  5. Aida

    October 1, 2015

    you guys are party geniuses…

  6. Kelly Golightly

    October 1, 2015

    Are you kidding me? This is the cutest thing ever!

  7. Hale Mercantile

    October 3, 2015

    I love riding on a ferris wheel as a child. What a cute idea to make for my home!

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