Candle carousel

Christmas is coming up and the teacher’s info offers you a special kind of candle carousel as an easy-to-make crafting idea.

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Candle carousel

Christmas is coming up and the teacher’s info offers you a special kind of candle carousel as an easy-to-make crafting idea: Create a colorful present out of e. g. a cappuccino can, using PLAKA, a knitting needle and tin foil.

A Christmas carousel made of materials that can be found in almost any household.

You need:

A knitting needle, approx. 20cm long; 8 wooden sticks, approx. 16cm long (e.g. shashlik skewers); a can, approx. 13cm long, 8.5cm in diameter (e. g. a cappuccino can); a Styrofoam® ball, approx. 5-6 cm in diameter; tin foil (crafting aluminum); colored paper; toilet paper roll (only the roll, not the paper); small Phillips-head screw (X) approx. 3x10mm; all-purpose glue; PLAKA in gold; paintbrush; Wonderliners in green, white and gold; a knife and a pair of scissors.

It’s as easy as this:

Punch a hole in the bottom of the can. Its size should be just a bit larger than the size of the knitting needle. Punch a hole in the middle of the plastic lid and screw the Phillips screw in it.
Caution: The screw must be put in from the inside of the lid. For this purpose, use a small metal screw with a head size so that the knitting needle fits through perfectly. Evenly cut off an about 0.5cm wide strip of the toilet paper roll and glue it centrically under the plastic lid from the outside with the all-purpose glue (from the outside). It’s supposed to give the lid a stable standing, as the screw is put in the lid from the inside and sticks out on the outside.

A hole in the bottom of the can.

Lid of can (made of plastic) with the screw.

Lid with screw and strip of cardboard.

Now place the plastic lid on the can and set the can upside-down, so the lid is now showing downward and the bottom side with its hole upward. Stick the knitting needle through the hole on the bottom of the can. Fix the tip of the needle in the head of the screw which is screwed in the lid of the can on the bottom. This is the only way it can be guaranteed that the axle (which is the knitting needle) will turn easily. Tipp: Decorate the body of the can later on by gluing it with colored paper (red). You can then draw beautiful motives on it with the Wonderliners, like snowflakes with fir trees and golden stars, as shown in our example.

Lid with screw and strip of cardboard.

The knitting needle will serve as an axle for the rotor later on.

Half the Styrofoam® ball as cleanly as possible so that the wings turn evenly. Then paint the two halves in PLAKA gold.

Decorated can.

Half the Styrofoam® ball and color it with PLAKA.


Fit in the wooden sticks.

Not only the two half balls can be decorated, but you can also glue an angel on the tip.

Stick the 8 wooden sticks (e.g. the shashlik skewers) into the half Styrofoam® ball, so that these are arranged in an even distance around the center. Then glue the wings around the sticks. For gluing, pull the wooden sticks out of the halves.
Cut out the angel twice out of the crafting aluminum and glue them on top of each other in mirror image around the tip of the wooden sticks. The wooden stick with the angel will be stuck into the top half Styrofoam® ball later on. Do not put glue on the angels’ wings, but carefully fold them apart. This way it will look as if the angel was flying.


Fig. 1: Download template “wings”.

Download template “angel”.

For the shape of the wings, you might find our download template “wings” helpful. Just use it as a mask and copy it to the crafting aluminum, which is a bit thicker than regular household aluminum. Cut them out – and you’re finished!

The wings are glued to the wooden sticks.

The wings are stuck in the half ball in an even distance.

Glue the 8 cut out lamellas, see fig. 1, to the wooden sticks (shashlik skewers) along the folding line. The wooden stick should be about 16cm long and the lamella should be glued to the stick about 2cm away from the end. 4 cm should stand over on the pointed side. Then stick the finished wings about 2 cm deep into the half ball.

The wings are stuck in the half ball in an even distance.

After folding the wings over the sticks, glue the sides together. The wings must be turned to the same upward angle, so that the heated air can flow along them and make the “rotor” move. Tip: Try out different kinds of positions for the rotors to find the perfect angle for them. The rotor will turn in almost any position, but then in different speed.

Put the rotor on the knitting needle.

Now the ball with the wings has to be placed as centrically as possible on the knitting needle, so that the half which is right above the bottom of the can can be turned easily.

The rotor you put on should be able to turn easily; otherwise the position of the wings has to be changed.

Now the turning tower can be set up. To get it started, place 4 tea candles under the wings in an equal distance and light them. The rising heat will activate the rotors.

The candle carousel is started by the tea candles set in equal distance to each other.