Print the blades
Print out the blade patterns in the PDF files in this step using cardstock paper. If you want to do the Minecraft themed carousel, then print out the jungle-colored patterns. Print the blade pattern on one side and then print the solid-jungle sheet on the other side of the paper so the blades will be double-sided with jungle patterns. (I made the jungle pattern myself – enjoy!) If you want to make your own themed carousel, then print out the blank blade patterns.
Cut out the blades
Carefully cut out the eight blades, the long rectangle piece, and the circular piece. (You will use the circular piece in Step 3, so set it aside for now.) Be careful to cut only along the solid black lines.
Fold the blades
Carefully and gently fold each blade along the dotted lines. Specifically, fold the long blade part down towards the base, along the dotted line. On the base, fold the two side parts down, away from the long blade part. See the pictures for details. Then take the long rectangle piece and fold it length-wise (“hot dog style”), exactly in the middle.
Attach the blades to each other
Put the rectangle piece on a hard, flat surface so that its peaked side is pointing up. Line a blade up on the rectangle piece as so that the right part of the blade’s base goes down the back side of the rectangle piece, the left part wraps around under the front of the rectangle piece, and the middle part (where the blade attaches) is on the front side of the rectangle piece. Please see the pictures. Slide the blade to the far left of the rectangle piece, far enough that the base barely fits on the rectangle piece. Once you’re happy with the position, glue the blade’s base (but not the blade itself) to the rectangle piece. (Use the glue sparingly – you don’t want the paper becoming damp – and always hold the pieces together for a few seconds.)
After letting the glue dry, put a new blade right next to the first one in the same way and glue it into place. Continue doing this until all 8 blades are glued in place. Line up the blades against each other as best as you can, aligning the solid black lines.
Bend the blades into a circular shape
Now add a little glue along the inside (underside) of the rectangle piece and hold it shut to let the glue seal the sides of the rectangle piece together. After it dries, slowly and carefully bend the rectangle into a circular shape – see the pictures. Be very careful doing this as the blades will be under stress and can tear. Also, as you do this, carefully bend the blades so they point straight out from the central part of the circle.
Take the left end and cut the edge off so it ends right where the blade comes out (at a slant). Glue the new end shut. Once the glue dries, pull both ends together, forming a circle by putting the uncut end under the cut end and spacing the ends so that those two blades are the same distance apart as the others (use the dots to help guide you). Once you’ve figured out the positioning, glue the ends together, holding them in place for several seconds as they’ll be under a lot of tension! See the pictures.