I've had a fascination with ferris wheels and old timey carnival themes for a while. Put "old timey" in front of anything actually, and I'm there! So when I thought about a 30th birthday party theme, I was natuarally inclined to sway towards a carnival. Maybe that had something to do with all the cute pictures I had recently seen on Pinterest about carnival-themed weddings and first birthdays. Yes, this party could have easily been a girl's first birthday, but I don't have a baby so I'll just go on record as saying it's a perfect 30th birthday theme for a lady. But I didn't want any of that red and white mumbo jumbo. Instead, I wanted a plethora of peaches, pinks, and aquas to meet sparkling silver and gold colors. So now that you have the back story on why I chose the theme, you should also know that I had an unfinished ferris wheel hidden behind the couch in my craft room for about 6 months. I had lost interest in it before, but I felt a renewed surge of energy to finish the project and make this wheel spin!. I'm sorry I don't have better pictures of each step. I wasn't sure if it would work out, so I didn't document the process very well along the way.
Supplies: Wheaties box, 2 Crystal Light canisters, and a wooden dowel.
Step 1: I eat Wheaties every morning. And I mean every morning. Have I mentioned before that I am a total creature of habit? Well, Wheaties isn't just the breakfast of champions, it also makes some pretty sweet wheels for your ferris wheel. I cut up a Wheaties box and laid it out flat and drew a giant circle on each side, using a plate for guidance. Then I just used a ruler to draw in the spokes of the wheel. Using an exacto knife, I cut out the space between the spokes.
Step 2: Then I cut holes above each spoke using an exacto knife. These holes are what the dowel rod will fit into, so make sure they're big enough for the rod. Also put a hole in the middle of the wheel. Next, I spray painted the wheels. It takes quite a few coats since one side of each wheel is covered with the Wheaties logo. You could use a plain cardboard piece to fix that.
Step3: Then cut your dowel rod into equal pieces and paint if you like. I just used a craft paint, which worked well. Then put the painted dowel pieces into the holes you punched in Step 2. Cut a longer piece for the hole in the middle of the wheels since that is what the ferris wheel will be resting on.
Step 4: Now it's time to create the objects that the ferris wheel will be resting on so that it can spin. I used 2 old cannisters of Crystal Light, but you could use anything for this as long as it keeps the wheels in the air. I just wrapped the cannisters with tissue paper and tape/glued in place. You're done! You have a cool statement piece that is 100% customizable and can be fun all year round!