Die Cut 3D Carousel

Cue the organ music, because I’ve got a an extra special design that you’ll definitely want to take for a spin. Whether you’re looking for a unique, handmade art piece for a nursery, or just in the mood for a fun paper craft, you’ll love this intricate, die cut 3D carousel.

Die Cut 3D Carousel

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A few months ago, I was working on my Mary Poppins paper lantern design, and decided to incorporate a little carousel. I wanted to include so much more detail in that carousel design, but was limited because of size constraints. So, I decided to explore doing a carousel-themed project in the future.

Once I had decided to start on this project, I knew that a 2D rendering wasn’t going to cut it—this project demanded more intricacy than that. And that’s how this beauty came to be!

I’ve added some alternate animals that can be used with this project. You can check those out and download the templates here.

Die Cut 3D Carousel

Die Cut 3D Carousel

Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.

Supplies

Die Cut 3D Carousel

How to Make

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the carousel pieces.

Note: I don’t usually include score lines in my SVG downloads, but I made an exception for this design because of the complexity of the overall piece. If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. If you’re not using the SVG file that includes score lines, you can use the PDF version as a reference to know where your folds need to go. 

Die Cut 3D Carousel

 

2. Fold the base pieces and glue them together. Fold the center column pieces and glue them together as well.

Die Cut 3D Carousel

 

3. Attach the center column to the base by inserting the tabs at the base of the column and gluing them to the base.

Die Cut 3D Carousel

 

4. Fold the base of the top tent; fold the border pieces and affix them to the top tent base. Attach it to the center column.

Die Cut 3D Carousel

 

5. Insert lollipop sticks into the top and bottom portions of the carousel. Use hot glue to hold them in place.

Die Cut 3D Carousel

 

6. Glue the top tent sections together. Fold and attach to the top tent base.

Optional: Attach the flag to a shortened lollipop stick or toothpick. Insert it in the center of the tent and affix with hot glue.

Die Cut 3D Carousel

 

7. Assemble the carousel horses. Attach them to the lollipop sticks.

Die Cut 3D Carousel

Not that I’m not proud of all of the designs I share here on my site, but I’m extra proud of this one! There was a lot of wasted paper, late nights, and, admittedly, a few tears involved in getting this template to fit perfectly. So, when this finally came together, I was extremely excited!

I realize that this design is a little more complicated to piece together than most of the ones I provide on my site, so I’m hoping to create some tutorial videos in the near future in order to better show the set-up and assembly processes.

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I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other awesome die cut freebies available on my blog!

I hope you enjoy this enchanting die cut 3D carousel! Would you be interested in seeing me feature more 3D projects like this in the future?

Miss Mandee Signature

 

 

Watch the video tutorial for this design here:

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50 Comments

50 Comments on Die Cut 3D Carousel

  1. Christele CAMUS
    May 21, 2019 at 6:08 am (1 year ago)

    magnifique !! oui cela serait super si tu pouvais publier de projet en 3D

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 9:06 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Christele! Glad to know you like it. I’ll definitely have to think up some new, 3D pieces for the future. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Catherine
    May 21, 2019 at 6:17 am (1 year ago)

    I love it!! Thank you so much!!

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 9:06 am (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome Catherine! I’m so glad you like it. 😀

      Reply
  3. Juanita Williams
    May 21, 2019 at 6:20 am (1 year ago)

    Love this. It would be great to have more 3d projects. Thank you so very much for all that you share.

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 9:07 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Juanita! That’s good to know—I’ll be sure to think up some new, 3D projects for the future! 😀

      Reply
  4. Kathy
    May 21, 2019 at 6:21 am (1 year ago)

    Mandee,

    Thank you so much for the adorable project, and yes, more 3d projects in the future (3d projects are my weakness). Your carousel is over the top in cuteness! I can’t imagine how much work you did to create the project.

    The carousel immediately transported me back to my childhood when my family would go to Liberty Park in Salt Lake City during the summer and I would be able to ride on the carousel. Whoa, that was a long time ago, is the carousel still there?

    A friend will be visiting soon and she may want to make one of your carousels for her granddaughters. She doesn’t have a cutting machine or use anything from the internet (we are old). When she comes for a visit I try to have some cute projects ready for her. This year we will build paper fairy houses. If we have time maybe we can make your carousel too.

    Thank you again!

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 9:15 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you for your wonderful comment Kathy! This really was a tricky project for me, but I’m immensely pleased with the result! Being a Northern Utah resident myself, you made me curious about the Liberty Park carousel. I looked it up, and according to an article in Deseret News, there was a carousel there in 1984. It doesn’t say when it was removed, though. I’d be interesting to know what happened to it.

      Have fun visiting with your friend! It’s always great to spend time doing creative projects in good company!!

      Reply
  5. Barbara Pritchard
    May 21, 2019 at 6:41 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you so much for your generosity. You are a remarkable person to share the beautiful things you make, and this carousel is no exception.

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 9:15 am (1 year ago)

      Aww, thank you Barbara! You are too kind. ^_^

      Reply
  6. Tracey
    May 21, 2019 at 7:03 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks for all your hard work and lovely designs! Love this carousel!!

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 9:16 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Tracey! I’m so glad you like it!! 😀

      Reply
  7. Priscila
    May 21, 2019 at 7:23 am (1 year ago)

    Realmente amo tus diseños!!!, que lindo carrusel, su acabado es tan delicado :3

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 9:17 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Priscila! I’m glad you enjoy my work. Thanks for taking the time to say so. 🙂

      Reply
  8. Susy
    May 21, 2019 at 7:45 am (1 year ago)

    Wow, thank you so much for this. It looks amazing!

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 9:18 am (1 year ago)

      You’re very welcome Susy! I’m glad to know that you like it!!

      Reply
  9. Charlotte Silber
    May 21, 2019 at 8:41 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you. This is so cute and a great table center piece.

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 9:19 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Charlotte! It would definitely make for a great talking piece when people visit!! 🙂

      Reply
  10. Melanie Lashua
    May 21, 2019 at 10:50 am (1 year ago)

    Yeah! Thank you so much, this is so beautiful!!!

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 11:31 am (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome Melanie! I’m glad you like it. ^_^

      Reply
  11. Dee
    May 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh my GOSH!!! Thank you so much. I love carousels and have been a collector of carousel items for many, many years. I LOVE THIS.

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    • Mandee
      May 21, 2019 at 1:25 pm (1 year ago)

      Wow! What an awesome coincidence!! Well, I’m sure this one will look lovely as part of your collection. ^_^

      Reply
  12. steffie chu
    May 21, 2019 at 7:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Phenomenal Mandee. Is there anything you can’t design!! Absolutely LUV LUV LUV it. I’m going to make it for a baby gift. BTW, congratulations on your upcoming new family addition. I don’t know how you do it with 2 young boys and a 3rd child on its way and still designing for us. We’re so very fortunate and lucky!!! Get your rest in there, too! Thanks so much for all your wonderful designs and your continued generosity and kindness in freely sharing them with us.

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    • Mandee
      May 22, 2019 at 7:15 am (1 year ago)

      Aww, Steffie, you are too kind! And thanks for the congratulatory note—we are super excited to be growing our family!! I’m so glad you enjoy my designs—I worked especially hard on this one, and I’m happy that it shows. Have fun making this carousel for a baby gift—what a fun idea! 😀

      Reply
  13. Hope Donald
    May 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Congratulations on your upcoming new arrival. I wish you the best. I want to thank you for designing this beautiful carousel, and I cannot wait to cut it out. The pdf was very helpful with score line placement.

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    • Mandee
      May 24, 2019 at 8:13 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Hope!! We are really excited. ^_^

      I’m glad you like my carousel design and that the pdf was helpful too!!

      Reply
  14. Flo Arnold
    June 8, 2019 at 8:53 am (1 year ago)

    I am having a hard time assembling. Where in the cut file is the gold base? what do I use for the top base? Giving up for awhile

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  15. Flo Arnold
    June 8, 2019 at 5:46 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi, I found my answer looking at the PDF file for the names of the cuts. Thank you

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    • Mandee
      June 10, 2019 at 1:07 pm (1 year ago)

      Glad you were able to get it figured out! I know, it’s a lot of little steps. Hopefully I have some time to make a tutorial video in the future to better explain the assembly process.

      Reply
  16. Caro
    June 8, 2019 at 11:12 pm (1 year ago)

    OMG I love this!!! I have an upcoming French Party for my dog and this is perfect!!!
    One question though… on step #4, how do I attach the border to the center column?

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    • Mandee
      June 10, 2019 at 1:11 pm (1 year ago)

      How fun! Glad you can make use of this design. ^_^

      As for step #4: you’ll want to glue the border pieces together first, then assemble the “top base,” then glue the border around the edge. After that, you can attach the “top base” to the center column using the slits and column tabs. I probably should have broken that part out into more steps—my apologies!

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      • Susanne McCown
        July 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm (1 year ago)

        I love the carousel it went together beautifully. The SVG only has column tabs on one end though making it a little confusing. In your picture above it has tabs both ends. I ended up cutting the tabs on other end by hand.

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        • Mandee
          July 9, 2019 at 4:06 pm (1 year ago)

          Yay! I’m glad to hear that you were able to utilize my design to create your own, special carousel!!

          At first I only had the tabs on one side of the center column, but I went back and altered the file later on. Maybe you downloaded it before I changed it—I’m sorry! The files should be fixed now. ^_^

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  17. Margaret Ball
    June 17, 2019 at 3:32 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Miss Mandee!
    I love your carosuel! I’ve downloaded it, but it will not upload into Cricut Design Space. I’ve used several of your files before without any difficulties. I’ve even tried saving it in Inkscape and then tried to upload to CDS, but I got the same error message “You have selected an unsupported file type.” Can you suggest how I might be able to get around this or know what is causing it?
    Thank you,
    Margaret

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    • Mandee
      June 19, 2019 at 8:43 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Margaret! I’m sorry that you are having trouble. Have you tried both the file that includes score lines and the one without? Do you get the same error with both?

      Reply
  18. Karin
    July 7, 2019 at 12:56 pm (1 year ago)

    It is so cute , i have to make this one , omg what a work this was for you to create but what a good job you did , greatings from Karin ( the Netherlands

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    • Mandee
      July 8, 2019 at 10:43 am (1 year ago)

      Aww, thank you Karin! I’m so glad you like it. This was definitely a big project for me, but I’m happy to share the results. Have fun putting it together!!

      Reply
  19. Vanessa L
    July 7, 2019 at 12:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Adorable! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Mandee
      July 8, 2019 at 10:43 am (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome Vanessa! Glad you like it. ^_^

      Reply
  20. Mary
    August 30, 2019 at 2:15 pm (1 year ago)

    This really looks incredible – thank you for sharing it! Apologies if I missed it, but do you know the approximate assembled dimensions? I’m thinking of using it as a cake topper for a 12″ round but wanted to first make sure it’s not too big! Thank you!!

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    • Mandee
      August 30, 2019 at 3:10 pm (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome Mary! I’m glad you like it!!

      Finished, the whole thing is about 5.5″ in diameter and around 9″ tall. 🙂

      Reply
  21. Amanda
    November 11, 2019 at 6:36 pm (12 months ago)

    Where do you find the cheapest lollipop sticks? This is gorgeous!!

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    • Mandee
      November 12, 2019 at 8:25 am (12 months ago)

      Thank you! I’ve bought them at my local craft store in the past; but, since then, have found them cheaper on Amazon. 🙂

      Reply
  22. Dee
    January 1, 2020 at 6:49 pm (10 months ago)

    gorgeous project – as usual 🙂 Thank you!

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    • Mandee
      January 2, 2020 at 8:25 am (10 months ago)

      You’re very welcome!! 😊

      Reply
  23. Lyn
    February 8, 2020 at 12:14 pm (9 months ago)

    Thank you i love it had a few issues as tabs on pink middle column as this was missing on file but i managed to make? This was my 1st project on cricket so could of just been me. i turned sticks into Bbq sticks with a straw over it which looked like twisted poles in white and silver also added a few diamond stick on as its for my daughters wedding centre piece as a Mary Poppins themed table. Loads of comments on how beautiful.

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  24. caroline
    March 24, 2020 at 3:16 pm (7 months ago)

    hi, I found your beautiful 3D creations and I wanted to download them, but I tried and can’t open the files. do I need to have a circuit machine for this?
    I’m sorry if my question is stupid….

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    • Mandee
      March 25, 2020 at 11:59 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Caroline! Sorry to hear that you are having trouble. Check out my FAQ page and see if any of the instructions there seem to resolve your problem. If not, feel free to contact me with more details, and I’ll see how I can help. 🙂

      Reply
  25. Tania
    September 22, 2020 at 11:56 am (1 month ago)

    Lindo demais.

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    • Mandee
      September 22, 2020 at 9:29 pm (1 month ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply

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