I hope you are in a storybook mood, because today’s design is something straight out of a fairytale! I have been working really hard on this one, and I am so SO excited to share it with you today. So, gather up your things, and let’s go to the ball in this lovely, 3D carriage!
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I mean, it doesn’t get much posher than this, does it?! From the cute curtains to the horses, to the gold accents high and low—it’s all a dream come true.
Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.
- Hot Glue
- Lollipop Sticks
- Gems (optional)
- 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 3D carriage 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 them 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.
2. Before you get going on assembly, add in some hand-drawn lines/decoration (folds on the curtains, eyes on the horses, etc.). Then, attach all the windows, curtains, and other decorative elements.
Assembling the Coach
3. Fold all of the little tabs on the thinner side pieces. Start attaching them a couple at a time to the inside edge of the larger body pieces—starting with the bottom, and then working your way up each edge.
Repeat with the opposite side.
4. Attach and assemble the roof portion of the coach.
First, attach the decorative elements to the top of all four sides. Then, use the tabs provided to attach the large, pink roof section.
Once that is in place, you can add the other two, triangular roof pieces by glueing the tabs to the inside edges of the larger triangular sections. Then, attach the four gold accent pieces.
Use the score lines and tabs provided to assemble the topper piece. Layer the crown-shaped topper together, and insert the tab inside the tiny assemble box. Glue the whole thing to the center of the roof.
Adding the Wheels & Horses
5. With the body of the coach complete, you can start putting together the finishing touches.
Use the score lines and tabs provided to assemble the driver’s bench and the carriage “stand.”
Layer all of the decorative wheel pieces together.
Note: I’ve included two layers for the large, swirly pieces in case you could use a little extra rigidity like I did.
6. To ensure that you put the wheel pieces on at the right height, glue the little black box/”stand” piece to the bottom of the coach first. Then, attach the wheels aligning the bar with the bottom edge of the coach.
Cut your lollipop sticks to size, and glue them to the inside center of the two sets of wheels. Attach the bench to the front, gluing it to the insides of either swirly piece.
Once those are in place, attach the harnesses to the sides of the bench and to your horses. I’ve also included a couple of extra pieces of paper to help hold your horses in place. I attached one to the horses’ legs and one to their hindquarters.
Finally, add in some pretty ribbon and decorative gems to really take this piece over the top!
I am just so pleased with how this project came together! It took a few tries and a lot of tweaking to get right; but, in the end, I’m just thrilled with the results.
This would be the perfect centerpiece for a princess party! But, even if you don’t have any princess parties in your immediate future, this is a great papercraft challenge to take on.
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 3D freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making your very own, 3D carriage! I hope you have as much fun putting it together as I did. Be sure to share your stunning results with me on Instagram!
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