Handicraft trasure trove
Roundabout

In our special series handicraft treasure trove, we present special novelties which are inspiring because of their simple construction and easy function. The ideas do not originate from another world but rather from past times.

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Roundabout

In our special series handicraft treasure trove, we present special novelties which are inspiring because of their simple construction and easy function. The ideas do not originate from another world but rather from past times. The appeal of these articles is the utilisation of everyday things. Perhaps a few of you will remember the roundabout from your childhood. We would like to capture the magic of this play thing and are therefore including it in our treasure trove.

Materials:
1 polystyrene ball, 1 round beer mat, 1 wooden skewer, 1 sheet of coloured paper in size A4, 1 piece of foam rubber (approx 1 cm x 1 cm), a length of bead yarn, 1 bead, Pelikan Plaka in various shades, Pelikan Wonderliner for accentuating

Utensils:
Scissors, folding tool or knife, 1 thick darning or knitting needle, Pelifix glue stick, all-purpose glue


This is the way to insert the skewer.4 holes are bored in the beer mat

Instructions

Firstly, cut the polystyrene ball in half. Pierce one of the halves with the skewer whereby the sharp end points upwards and the blunt end remains in the ball.

Carefully bore a hole in the middle of the beer mat with the scissors, large enough for the skewer. Bore holes on all three points of the beer mat as shown for threading the bead yarn through. Paint the beer mat red on both sides with Plaka.


Paint the beer mat red

In the 3 rim holes on the beer mat, bead yarn in lengths of 20 cm are threaded and knotted

to finish, paint the figures, in our case horses, and stick them on to the mat using the glue stick.


Cut out, paint and glue to the beer mat

The roof of the roundabout

 

  • Print out the template from the download.
  • Fold the roof sharply on the places shown on the pattern.
  • Cut the roof out.
  • Make a cut to the middle on the dashed line.
  • The grey segment is cut out.
  • Paint the roundabout roof with the Wonderliners as desired.
  • When dry, stick a and b together.

 

 

Fitting all together

Now all the parts should be fitted together. The sketch shown how:

  • Start with the ball with the skewer.
  • Thread the beer mat onto the skewer and fix the ends of the bead yarn with the foam rubber to the top.

 

Using the all-purpose gel, stick the foam rubber to the top of the skewer. A gap of about 2mm should be kept between the ball and the beer mat.


The flag is glued to the skewer
  • Then place the roof on the skewer and push down to the foam rubber.
  • Simply stick the flag to the skewer with adhesive.
  • Stick the bead on to the top of the skewer as a finishing touch.
  • Now the roundabout is ready. To wind it up, twist the beer mat round the skewer to build up impetus. When you let go, the roundabout will rotate with its own momentum.