Who is ready to go for a spin? Today, I am sharing an addition to my 3D attraction collection: a theme park classic. Have a dizzyingly good time making this fun, die cut 3D teacup ride!
I feel like there are two camps when it come to the teacup ride: (1) Bring it on—spin this puppy as fast as it gan go! and (2) I’ll just film you guys, and watch you have fun, because that will make me sick.
Personally, I am in camp #1. My husband is in camp #2. So, there is a decent amount of footage and photos of me with the kids on the teacup ride: taken by my nausea-susceptible husband from the sidelines.
Whichever category you fit into, you can’t deny the cuteness of this adorable little teacup ride! And yes, it actually spins!
- Hot Glue
- Bone Folder (optional)
- Sucker Sticks
- Foam Tape (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 teacup 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 having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Assembling the Base
2. Attach the three 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.
Note: I try really hard to format my designs to fit 8.5″x11″ sheets of paper, but this one does require one 12″x12″ sheet for the frilly base piece.
Make the Teacups
3. Take your main teacup piece and curl the edges inward (I used my bone folder to do this). Glue the tabs to the inside, and attach the handle.
Next, curl the liner and glue it inside the cup. Curl each of the outside pieces and attach them one at a time. (Curling the pieces before gluing them will help the cup keep its shape.)
After that, assemble your little plate, and attach it to the bottom of your teacup. Repeat with the other two cups.
4. Once the teacups are put together, you can attach the inner “wheel.”
Cut a piece of sucker stick to be about 1.5″ tall. Use hot glue to attach the wheel piece. Then, add a generous dab of glue to the bottom of the stick, and attach it to the center of the teacup. Be sure to hold it in place for a while to make sure the glue has time to harden.
Assembling the Turntable
5. It’s time to put everything together!
Start by layering the embellishment pieces of the turntable.
Next, I cut a small piece of the sucker stick, and pushed it through a piece of foam tape. (This is just to help the ride spin more easily, creating a barrier between the turntable and the base.)
Insert the stick through the small hole in the base, and attach the turntable. Finally, attach the teacups using foam tape or hot glue.
I am really pleased with how this project came together! The dimensions on the teacups were a little tricky to get right, but I’m really happy that I was able to figure it out and cutesy them up!
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 teacup ride together! I’ve been seeing more and more of you take on these challenging projects, and it is amazing to see the results. As always, be sure to share your masterpieces with me on Instagram (#designsbymissmandee)!
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