Tis the season for holiday cards in the mail from friends and family. What will that look like? They may find their way to being taped to the stair rail, clipped to garland or magneted on the frig. Or why not make a reusable, interactive display made from repurposed cardboard!
To make a spinning Christmas Card Carousel you will need:
lazy susan mechanism ($5 at hardware shops)
4 small nuts and bolts
hot glue gun
6″ x 6″ piece of felt
ribbon for decorating
1. Cut your cardboard:
a. large circle for the bottom – I used a dinner plate for a template
b. 2 rectangles to make the center tower
c. 2 cardboard strips, length = the circumference of your base circle; height = 2″
2. Attach the lazy susan mechanism to the bottom of the circle cardboard piece with the short bolts and nuts.
3. Attach felt piece to the bottom of the lazy susan mechanism. To make the bottom skid resistant I added rubber band pieces to the corners.
4. Take the 2 large rectangles of cardboard. Run a line of hot glue over the inside width of one of the rectangles at about 2″ from the top edge. You’re going to butt the 2 pieces together to make a cylinder shape. The strip of hot glue will keep a slight gap between the two pieces and create a ledge for the cards to rest so they don’t slip too far down in between the cardboard pieces.
5. Fit the two cardboard pieces together and roll them into a circle. Hot glue the to the center of the circular base.
5. Take the thin strips of cardboard and hot glue them down to the circular base, running along the outer edge of the base.
6. Embellish your card carousel with ribbon and pom poms – or what ever fits your fancy!
When you receive your Christmas cards, stick them in between the two pieces of cardboard in the top or bottom level.
Go ahead, give it a spin!
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