3D Carousel

Create your own carousel of horses with Perler beads! Fun 3D project.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Hot Coral - 5
  • Red - 66
  • Pastel Yellow - 51
  • Yellow - 36
  • Cheddar - 240
  • Kiwi Lime - 6
  • Dark Green - 8
  • Light Blue - 1
  • Pastel Lavender - 5
  • Purple - 8
  • Creme - 757
  • Tan - 74
  • Light Brown - 25
  • Brown - 35
  • Grey - 65
  • Black - 67
  • White - 56

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • Quick-drying adhesive

Step 2

Download the PDF for the 3D Carousel Project Pattern. You will use the large circle and small square pegboards for your project. If you’re using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place all the beads for the design.

Step 3

Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat step two. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.

Step 5
Step 5

ASSEMBLY: Glue the three layers of the top together as shown. Stand the finial up, then glue it to the center of the assembled top.

Step 6
Step 6

Glue the two layers of the base together.

Step 7
Step 7

Add glue to horses’ posts at the bottom and top. Space the carousel horses evenly around the assembled base and adhere. Position the assembled top piece and adhere.

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