Easter Egg Ferris Wheel Centerpiece
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Styrofoam™ brand foam:
Balls: one 3", one 2½", two 1½"
Eggs: eight 2½"
- Spray paint: fuchsia, bright green
- Acrylic paint: yellow, green, pink, purple
- Violet glitter glue
- Purple dimensional fabric paint
- Buttons in coordinating colors & various sizes
- 1/2" pink pompoms
- Bright green craft foam
- Bright green feather boa
- 3/16" wood dowel
- 18 gauge wire
- Straight pins
- Wood craft sticks
- Serrated knife
- Wire cutter
- Low-temp glue gun & glue sticks
- Optional: stickers or scrap paper
1. Creating the wheel axle: Cut the 3" ball exactly in half using the serrated knife. Using the wire cutters, cut the wood dowel to about 10" and insert the end into the center of the rounded side of one half ball. Thread the 2½" ball onto the dowel next to the flat side of the half ball. Insert the dowel into the center of the flat side of the other half ball. The two 3" half balls should be sandwiching the 2½" ball. Glue this assembly together to the center of the wood dowel, pressing them together firmly where they meet on the dowel.
2. Glue the ends of eight wood craft sticks evenly spaced onto the inside flat edge of one of the 3" half balls for the ferris wheel “spokes”. Repeat with another eight sticks on the flat side of the opposite 3" half ball, making sure that the spokes on each side line up exactly with those on the opposite wheel. Cut 16 craft sticks to about 4" long and glue to the outside ends of the spokes, overlapping the ends of each crossbar. Continue connecting one spoke to the next, creating the wheel, as shown. Repeat on opposite side. Spray paint the entire wheel assembly and the 8" disc bright green, following the instructions on the can. Be sure to hold the can 12" away, using 2 or 3 light coats to achieve desired shade and letting each coat dry before applying the next. Let dry completely.
3. Cut the cone exactly in half lengthwise, from narrow end to wide end. Spray paint the two half cones and the two 1½" balls fuchsia and let dry. Glue a 1½" ball to the top of each half cone – these are the stands for the wheel. Cut two 1½" circles from the green craft foam sheet. Cut 1/4" holes in the center of each. Slide these two “washers” onto both sides of the wheel. Do not glue in place. These will help the wheel turn more smoothly. Attach the wheel to the stand by sliding the 1½" ball from the top of each cone onto the dowel on both sides of the wheel. Do not glue in place. Glue the bottom of the cones onto the 8" disc using low-temp glue.
4. Creating the egg chairs: Stand an egg narrow end up. Place the serrated knife at the top of the egg about 1/4" to the right or left side of the top of the egg. From here, cut straight down vertically into the egg about half way and remove the blade. Now cut in from the side of the egg, horizontally, meeting the first cut made and cutting out the “L” shaped seat. Repeat to create 8 chairs. Paint two chairs yellow, two green, two pink and two purple. Let dry. Cover the seats of the chairs with a coat of glitter glue. Let dry. Outline the edge of the seats with purple fabric paint and let dry. Embellish the chairs with scrap paper, stickers or paint.
5. Use the scrap piece of wood dowel to pilot a hole straight through the center of the side of each egg, just behind the seat. Cut eight 3" lengths of wire. Thread the wire through each egg and place the egg on the wheel with the wires resting on top of the pair of spokes, up against the crossbar as shown. Hold in place and trim the wire so that it just barely comes over the edge of each spoke. Add a small dab of low-temp glue to the edge of the wire and spoke and place on a button to each end to hold in place. Glue 2 or 3 stacked buttons to the bottom of each chair. This will add weight, keeping the chairs upright as they turn on the wheel. Glue a large button to the back of each chair and a smaller button to the seat of each chair. This will also add weight and help keep the chair balanced as it turns.
6. Pin lengths of boa around the 3" half ball on each side of the wheel and around the edge of the disc base. To hide the ends of the craft sticks, glue a pompom to the end of each spoke.