Time Required :
About an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

craft stick ferris wheel

Remember your trip to the county fair with a Craft Stick Ferris Wheel.
Step 1
Project Note:  These directions use Glue Dots® to adhere the craft sticks together, but if an adult is helping, a cool temp hot glue gun would be a better solution. 
 
Ferris Wheel
 
Step 1
Choose a wood circle that is at least 1¼" in diameter. ADULT: Drill a 1/8" hole in the very center of the circle (or, if you have a Crop-a-dile®, punch a hole using the smaller punch). 
 
Step 2
Lay the wood circle on the table and place six craft sticks onto it with ends sticking out at an equal length and distance from each other, creating a wheel spoke pattern as in the image. Glue the craft sticks to the circle so that their ends are close to the hole, but not covering it. Use Glue Dots® to adhere the craft sticks in place. Turn the entire piece over so the wood circle is facing up and the sticks are on the back.
 
Step 3
Connect the outer edge of the spokes by laying six more craft sticks onto the ends of the spokes. Place each craft stick so that each end is on top of a radiating spoke; use the image as a guide. Glue the new sticks into place with Glue Dots®. Color the craft sticks as desired, with markers, paints, etc. Lay the Ferris Wheel aside while you create the base.  
Step 2
Base
 
Step 1
Make a square out of craft sticks by laying down four craft sticks, overlapping the ends. The ends of the top and bottom sticks should be on top of the side sticks. Glue the sticks in place.
 
Step 2
Add two more craft sticks, one each exactly on top of a side stick. This will leave your two top and bottom sticks sandwiched between the four side sticks. Glue these new sticks into place. 
 
Step 3
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create another craft stick square that’s the same as the first.

Step 4
On one of the squares, place two more craft sticks vertically in the center of the square, so that their ends are on top of the top and bottom sticks. Be sure to leave about ¼" of space between the two sticks – this is where the Ferris Wheels axle will sit, so it can freely spin. Glue these sticks into place.

Step 5
Lay two craft sticks on the table in front of you, parallel to each other and about 3" apart. Pick up your craft square that does not have the two extra sticks in the middle, and stand it up on top of the two craft sticks, about 1" away from the craft stick ends that are furthest from you. Hold the square in place. Pick up your second craft square (that does have the two extra sticks glued to its center) and stand it on top of the two craft sticks on the table, about 1" away from the ends that are nearest to you. This square will become the front of the Ferris Wheel base. While taking care to keep their bottoms in place on the craft sticks lying on the table, lean the top of each square towards the other until they meet evenly, forming a triangle when viewed from the side. Once you’re sure the squares are leaning evenly, glue them into place along their tops, and glue each square to both of the craft sticks on the table. Once the glue has dried, your base should be able to stand on its own.  
Step 3
Assembly
 
Step 1
You’ve now built the Ferris Wheel and its base. Next,we’ll add an axle that allows the Ferris Wheel to sit upon the base and spin. Cut a 1¼" long section of the 1/8" dowel. Insert it through the center hole you made in the circle at the center of the wheel, and glue a pony bead to one end. While the dowel is still inserted into the center of the wheel, glue another pony bead to its other end, securing the dowel into the wheel. Allow to dry fully.

Step 2
Lightly push the pony bead on the front of the dowel until it rests against the wood circle at the center of the Ferris Wheel. Place the portion of the dowel that’s behind the wheel onto the top stick of the front craft square. Make sure the dowel is centered between the two vertical craft sticks that were added to the middle of the front square. Glue the pony bead at the back of the dowel to the top stick of the back craft square, making sure to leave the dowel free to spin.

Step 3
Glue a foam star to the pony bead at the front center of the Ferris Wheel. Once dry, your Ferris Wheel should be able to spin freely.  
Step 4
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  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Hand Drill (or Crop-a-dile™)
  • All Purpose Glue Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun (Adult Use Only)
  • Wood Dowel, 1/8"" (sku 10529255)
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