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DIY Carousel Horse

Thinking back to our childhood experiences of Carnivals or Amusement Parks, we often think about cotton candy, prize-filled games, thrilling rides, and of course, the Merry-Go-Round style horse carousel!

In today's activity, we wanted to bring back the wonder and amusement of the carousel ride.

DIY Carousel Horse


  • 1 Small white paper cup

  • 1 Colourful straw

  • 1 Horse template page

  • Markers, crayons, or paint

  • Scissors

  • **Optional embellishments, such as stickers, pom-poms, or glitter!


  1. To make one carousel horse, colour or decorate the horse template provided below, then cut (or have someone help) the horse image out and set it aside.

  2. Using markers, paint, or stickers, decorate the white cup and set it aside to let dry.

  3. Once complete, flip over the cup so that it is upside-down. Carefully insert one end of the straw into the flat "bottom" of the cup. You may need to use scissors or have someone help you to avoid injury.

  4. Finally, glue the horse by dabbing some glue to the center back of the image and adhere to approx. the middle of the straw.

  5. Now you have a carousel horse that can stand using the cup as a base! Make more to create your own carousel by stringing them together or placing them on a display table.

Horse Template


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