Mechanical Paper Carousel Horse that works!

Zoe April 4, 2010 47

Today I bring you something a little special. I have been wanting to create something like this ever since I saw Crissy Armstrong’s gorgeous carousel horses.

I have spent a couple of months thinking about the design and how I would design the mechanics to make it work the way I anticipated and after a number of failed attempts I can now share with you my ‘Mechanical Carousel Horse” made from cardstock and a popcycle stick, hehehe.

I plan to write up the instructions for the template I have designed and will be offering it for sale on my site in the future. In the meantime, I hope this inspires you to think outside the box.

This idea was hurried along as I would love to be a part of Crissy’s new design team.

Scroll to the bottom to watch a video of the carousel horse working.


It does turn smoothly, I was just being awkward. Also I am sorry about the lighting, the phase was out of sync with the camera.

I would like to share this project with the following sites:

  1. The Pink Elephant – (M) Pastels
  2. Papercraft Weekly – (T) Open Challenge
  3. A Spoon Full of Sugar – (T) Shaped cards (hmmm wonder if this counts?)
  4. Tuesday Taggers – (T) – Bugs (I have butterflies)
  5. Crafty Creations – (W) Anything Goes
  6. Lil red wagon – (W) Spring (Flowers, butterflies… )
  7. Charisma Cardz – (Th) Animal Magic
  8. Colour Create – (Th) Your choice of pastels
  9. Stamp Something – (F) Pink Somethings
  10. Pile it On – (S) Animal-riffic

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Wish me luck in my quest to join Crissy’s Design Team. 🙂

Hugs to all. Have a Happy Easter.

Zoe xxoo


  1. Kylie K (Aus) April 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    OMG – OMG – OMG!!!!
    This is AWESOME – just amazing. You are seriously the most clever person I know. And it is decorated so beautifully too. Wow Zoe.
    Have a great Easter!

  2. Maria April 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    OH WOWSERS! This is FANTASTIC! Just gorgeous and Crissy will love it. My girls are crowded behind me on the computer watching the video with me and all I hear is ooh ahhhh. Your creativity is astounding Zoe ~ You rock! Happy Easter, Maria

  3. NIKKI April 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Wow Zoe, what a great idea and beautifully coloured and decorated. Hugs Nikki x

  4. Laurel April 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is fantastic!!!

  5. Sally H April 5, 2010 at 12:24 am - Reply

    great creation! Thanks for sharing with us at TT this week!

  6. JanJ April 5, 2010 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, this is amazing, what a beautiful carousel, a real keepsake

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week

    Jan x

  7. Zoechaos April 5, 2010 at 1:33 am - Reply

    Awesome blown away. Thank you very much for sharing this with us at TT this week.

  8. Jill April 5, 2010 at 2:37 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe, gorgeous creations, so beautifully made you are one talented lady happy easter thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

  9. Clarky J April 5, 2010 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Brilliant Zoe – Thanks for sharing with TT – dont forget our sponsor link this week so you can be entered in for the prize draw xx janet

  10. Gail's Card Cafe' April 5, 2010 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Holy Cow! amazing project!

  11. Kelly Schelske April 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    OMG Zoe, that is unreal! I love it, such a gorgeous creation my friend, love it!!

  12. Uptrot April 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Totally amazing Zoe! Its really beautiful. Jill x

  13. lynn b April 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Wow Wee..What a FANTASTIC is awesome and the work you have put into it really show through..Good Luck in your designing I’m sure you have a bright future :)Lynn Australia

  14. janny April 6, 2010 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Oh this is very creative!! BEAUTIFULLY done!!
    Thank you for joining us at Colour Create..
    hugs, Janiel

  15. Deanna April 6, 2010 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Thanks for playing!
    Dee – LRW

  16. Janna April 6, 2010 at 4:07 am - Reply

    This is just amazing! I love the design and the use of that Whimsy Carousel horse! Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Stamp Something!

    Janna 🙂

  17. raindropecho April 6, 2010 at 4:16 am - Reply

    WOW, this is AMAZING! What a great project…I can’t believe it actually works, lol. This blew me away 🙂 Good luck with Crissy’s Design Team!

    – Ann

  18. Chris Olsen April 6, 2010 at 4:16 am - Reply

    This is such an awesome carousel!! I love what you did with the Whimsy carousel and how you made it work mechanically. Incredible!! Beautiful design too!!

  19. ~Denise Lynn~ April 6, 2010 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Oh my word, Zoe! This is outstanding! What an amazing creation, so gorgeous and so creative! Love everything about it! Awesome!

  20. Lisa Cook April 6, 2010 at 5:16 am - Reply

    HOLY MOLY-this is quite the impressive piece of art! Your stamping and coloring are amazing alone, then add the technical details you had to do to make this work and it’s just outstanding!

  21. Michelle April 6, 2010 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Thanks for bugging us at Tuesday Taggers with your amazingly, fabulous creepy crawlies. Great work! Cant wait for the instructions
    x Michelle

  22. Joanne April 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness! This is so professional looking! Thanks for joining us at LRW:)
    Joanne xo

  23. Karen Johnson April 8, 2010 at 2:10 am - Reply

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is incredible Zoe! Wow! True Genius!…and beautiful at the same time 🙂
    Hugs, Karen 🙂

  24. Holly April 29, 2010 at 3:38 am - Reply

    I am so amazed at how a piece of paper could be crafted into a beautiful work of art! This is amazing, I love it!

  25. Rufus April 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is really neat!

  26. Sue April 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    OMG This is Stunning, you are so talented, love it !
    Sue x

  27. Kirsty May 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Holy SHMOLEY!!! I have absolutely NO idea how that works, but it is FAB!!!

  28. Rebekka May 10, 2010 at 2:14 am - Reply

    This is another stunning creation.. This is my favorite.

  29. jonaks May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    wow, this is really inspiring. I guess you have to make a tutorial for this.

  30. Moshie May 21, 2010 at 12:20 am - Reply

    WOW!!!! This is the most awesome creation! Would love to attempt something like this! Wonderful!
    hugs, Moshie

  31. majsan May 22, 2010 at 4:29 am - Reply

    This was one of the cutest things I have ever seen!! This is my favorite

  32. Regina May 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    WOW!!! That is so incredibly beautiful and creative! You are such an amazing papercrafter.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  33. Calypso May 27, 2010 at 12:34 am - Reply

    I don’t even know what to say…that absolutely goregous…amazing…stunning…OMG!!!WOW!!! That is really something.

    Very beautiful…You really have an eye for detail….Great work…love all your creations.


  34. Stacie May 27, 2010 at 5:34 am - Reply

    Seriously? Moving parts? I’m a new follower (found you thru a link at
    You mentioned you’d be making the details available… I’m waiting….. (-:

  35. milena60 May 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    ? ????? ????????????? ?? ? ???????? ?? ????? ?????.

  36. Francine May 29, 2010 at 2:02 am - Reply

    This is quite beautiful for sure. Wow, it works too. How neat and how sweet! LOL My daughter, Jasmine has always loved Horses and I have loved Carousel Horses. I love the colors you chose. Would go great in a either a Baby’s room or a young girls room or any room of any age of any lady. Love all the fine details & It looks like it would be quite a challange for me. Not sure where I am supposed to be posting comments for the Blog Candy but I thought here, was a good place to start. Hugs, Francine

  37. Irene Aiello May 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I just found your site today,And i am blown away,You are truly a gifted crafter,And the moving horse [Amazing]I will be a fan of yours forever,I cant wait to see what you do next,I have a son Christopher who has Autism,And whom is Non Verbal,Who helps me do my crafts,And wants his own crafting area,I cant wait to show him your site,I wish you the best,Many Blessing,


  38. Linda Marino May 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    This is by far my favorite card! I love your video spots, they are great to see how the card works. I look forward to your directions to make it! My best to you Linda

  39. Irene May 31, 2010 at 4:46 am - Reply

    This is awesome!!! Love it

  40. Angela Wood July 14, 2010 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Zoe, that is just BRILLIANT!!!!! What a fantastic creation – I love all the details and the fact that the carousel actually moves is amazing! Will you do a tutorial or is it a secret 😉

    Beautiful job! hugs, Angela

  41. Cheryl July 14, 2010 at 11:08 am - Reply

    OMG! This is unbelievable. You are a genius.

  42. Patricia August 6, 2010 at 12:53 am - Reply

    How awesome, this is just “Breath-Taking” Love it. I would love to have the directons. My granddaughter would just go bananas over this. TFS

  43. Jane October 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Wow I am speachless fantastic work good luck on your DST quest
    Luv Jane xx

  44. RuthAnn King October 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    This is not only beautiful, but so creative. You should really be proud of this. Your work is awesome.

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