I hope you are ready for some more carnival action! Today, I’m expanding my 3D attraction collection with a theme park classic. Relax and enjoy the view on this die cut 3D swing ride!
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The carousel I made last year was my first foray into really intricate, 3-dimensional paper craft design. It was really difficult, and may or may not have led to a few tears at times. But, because of that initial project, I have been inspired to try all kinds of new 3D designs: including this rad, die cut 3D swing ride!
- Thin Wire or Thread
- Hot Glue
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the swing ride pieces.
Note: 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. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! 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 should go.
Assembling the Base
2. Attach the two long, rectangular pieces together and fold into an octagon shape.
Fold up the edges of the frilly base piece, and attach it to the octagon liner.
Assembling the Column
3. Fold both of the column pieces into octagon shapes. With the wider, bottom piece, fold the top pieces inward, and then fold the tabs up.
Attach the tabs of the bottom column piece to the inside of the upper column section (the flat side, not the slanted side).
Layer the embellishment pieces together, and glue them around the sides of the lower portion of the column (align using the base, as the rounded tops will come above the base section slightly).
Assembling the Top Tent
4. Fold down the edges of the top tent base piece, and glue the tabs around the inside. Then, layer the embellishment pieces on top.
Assemble the three edges sections. Glue them around the edge of the main tent base, making sure to keep them evenly aligned as you go along.
Then, attach the entire piece to the tilted, center column using the tabs provided.
Note: Do not attach the actual “tent” portion to the top yet.
Assembling the Chairs
5. Fold your chairs in half. Fold the little arm rests inward, and attach the tabs to the inside of the seat. Attach the embellishment pieces to the back.
The next part can be done differently, depending on how you want your swings to function. Here is what I did:
Using 26 gauge, thread wrapped wire (I was lucky enough to find this at a local craft store, but there are plenty of cool, colored wire options on Amazon), I cut 16 4″ pieces. I then attached them to both sides of the base of each chair by bending a small portion, and adhering it with hot glue. After that, I attached the chair liners on top.
I chose to go this route because I wanted my swings to have more rigidity in order to be bent to appear as if in mid-flight.
An alternate way you could attach your swings is my using a needle and thread if you’d like your chairs to swing freely.
After your chairs are assembled, you’ll need to poke some holes in the top of the tent base in order to hang them up. I’ve created a template for this and included it in the download if you’d like to make sure the chairs are evenly spaced out. Simply print it, cut it out, lay it in the top, and use a pushpin to poke your holes.
Then, you can remove the paper, run your wire through the holes, and glue them in.
6. The last thing to be done is to assemble your top tent piece!
Attach the triangles on alternating sections, fold along the creases, and glue the tab to the inside.
Then, fold in your bottom edge tabs, add some hot glue on each one, and press the tent into its base.
Your swing ride is complete!
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 putting this die cut 3D swing ride together! I’ve been seeing more and more of you take on these challenging projects, and it’s amazing to see the results. As always, be sure to share your masterpieces with me on Instagram (#designsbymissmandee)!
Watch the video tutorial for this design here:
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