Introduction: How to Make a Carousel Costume

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We got a new puppy in September and knew right away that we wanted to coordinate this year's costumes with our dog. We decided to create coordinating circus themed costumes for each one of us. The dog became our lion, my son became a Ringmaster, my husband became a Human Cannonball, and I became a Carousel. This Instructable shows you step by step how I created my Carousel Costume.

Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools Needed

One sheet of 1/2" EPS Foam (found at Hardware Store)

Hot wire cutter to cut foam

Heavy Guage Wire for center core framework

Welding Machine and welding rods to construct center core framework

2 Yards of Spandex fabric for circle skirt

1 Yard of fabric for covering center form

1 Yard of Spandex fabric for covering bottom ring and making waist band

1 zipper for skirt

sewing machine and thread

12 toy horses and/or animals

(12) 1/4" wooden dowel rods cut to 10" lengths

Drill and 1/4" drill bit

E600 adheasive

Foam adheasive

Low Temperature glue and glue gun

Craft Paint or spray paint for dowel rods and mirrors

Mirror board or silver foil paper glued to cardstock

(6) laser cut wooden frames (less than 10" tall)

One set of battery powered fairy lights and batteries

Command Clips

Sticky Backed Velcro

Step 2: Construct Center Frame

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Weld two 12" metal rings and connect them with (6) 10" long welded wires evenly spaced around the rings. Weld washers on the lower ring to hold the bottom of the foam ring onto the frame.

Step 3: Cut and Assemble Outer Rings

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Cut (3) rings from 1/2" EPS foam (found at local hardware store). Cut outer circle diameter to 28" and inner circle diameter to 12" (size of your welded inner ring shown in step 1). Place one foam ring on top and the other two on the bottom of the center frame.

Step 4: Cut Circle Skirt Fabric

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Cut circle skirt from fabric. Fold 2 yards of fabric in half, then fold fabric in half again. Measure down 6 1/2" from top right corner and mark the semi circle to form the inner circle in your fabric. Measure down 13 1/8" from the inner circle and mark the outer diameter semi cirle line. Cut fabric at those lines to form the circle skirt piece.

Step 5: Make Waist Pattern

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Make pattern to form the high wasit (top piece of your skirt). Cut fabric and check for tight fit to your waist.

Step 6: Sew Waist, Sew Waist to Circle Skirt, Slip Over Top Ring.

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Sew high waist piece to inner diameter of circle skirt and sew a zipper into the back of the skirt. Place skirt over top foam ring piece and use stick pins to adjust the skirt all the way around the foam ring to hold them as you pull it evenly around the outer edge of the top foam ring. Secure with low temperature hot glue gun.

Step 7: Cover Center Frame and Cover Bottom Ring

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Use spray adheasive to adhear fabric to a poster board that you cut to fit around the wire frame. Secure fabric covered sleeve with velcro. Cover bottom ring with desired fabric by using spray adheasive and low temperature glue gun where needed.

Step 8: Make Curved Mirrors for Center Frame

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Steam laser cut photo frames and form them over a cylinder with hose clamps to curve them. (I used my metal trash can for my forming cylinder). Paint frames to desired color. Cut mirror board to fit frames and glue the mirrors to the backside of the frames with E6000 adheasive. Once mirrors are assembled, glue them around center core frame with E6000 adheasive.

Step 9: Add Lights to Bottom of Upper Foam Ring

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Add battery powered lights to bottom of upper foam ring using Command Clips. Attach battery box for lights with adheasive backed velcro.

Step 10: Add Toy Animals to Carousel

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Drill Toy Animals in center and insert 10" painted dowel rods through them. Drill holes at top and bottom of foam rings to insert the animals on poles into the skirt. Use foam adheasive to secure at top and bottom. Gather skirt with needle and thread to make "Swags" all the way around. Embellish outside of lower ring with trim or ribbon if so desired.

Step 11: Enjoy Your Finished Carousel Costume!

The carousel costume is ready to wear with your desired shirt. I chose to wear mine with a halter top and corset.


Sharonfree1 (author)2017-10-27

I hopevi voted for you. This site us kind of confusing. I logged in so hopefully it took the vote.

MarlenaT (author)Sharonfree12017-10-27

It did. Thank you so very much!

stakara (author)2017-10-25

this is amazing >w< i just ordered some horse miniatures off ebay to attempt to make this carousel skirt. tho i plan on making it doll sized and not for a human so wish me luck XD

MarlenaT (author)stakara2017-10-26

Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing your doll costume! So exciting!

glamourd (author)2017-10-23

This is incredible!

AnimattersInc (author)2017-10-22

I love this. So so much. Thanks for taking the time to share it.

MarlenaT (author)AnimattersInc2017-10-22

Thank you!

LFD2 (author)2017-10-19

great idea!

MarlenaT (author)LFD22017-10-22

Thank you!

MissMarpleToo (author)2017-10-22

Bravo! All your costumes are so beautifully made, so exciting and work so well together as a group. Your carousel costume is amazing and you certainly have my vote! Please keep creating & posting. I'm looking forward to what else you create. Thanks so much for sharing this!

MarlenaT (author)MissMarpleToo2017-10-22

Thank you so much!

MarlenaT (author)2017-10-21

Went to a fundraiser tonight and got a good photo of the lights. Thought you all my enjoy seeing the lighting.

Very cool! Now I'm wondering about the other costumes for the rest of your family.. Did you make them as well?

I did!. I made a total of six coordinating costumes and we purchased a tiny lion mane for the puppy but I carved a Circus Lion Cage that mounts to a pull wagon and did a makeover on a thrifted wooden trash can using spray paint and vinyl to serve as the lion's platform.

davidandora (author)MarlenaM2017-10-19

ALL OF THIS! You look AMAZING! I love the whole lot of you! Too bad the dog couldn't show up for this awesome photo, but I love the wagon! So great! Your costume is extra special. Really clever and so well executed. Bravo!

MarlenaT (author)davidandora2017-10-19

Thank you. The puppy is in the group photo but he is so tiny that I had a hard time keeping the lion mane costume from slipping around on his head. While walking in the Carousel Costume is easy to do, bending or sitting is a bit difficult so I wasn't able to get his costume cinched up enough to keep it from sliping and sliding and this caused him to keep turning his head to the side which was captured in the group photo. We also ran into a bit of a hickup when we arrived to our photo shoot location with a dog. I had no one with us that could keep the dog outside and I thought we were going to have to forfiet our photo shoot entirely but then they made the decision to allow us just inside the front entrance only for a very short amount of time and it was then starting to get dark quickly. I did end up with some excellent photos of just my son and the dog and I entered those into the Petco Instagram Contest. I'm not allowed to publish those photos anywhere else according to their contest rules so I cannot post them here but you can see them if you Instagram and use the Halloweenscenecontest hashtag.

Awesome! Everything goes together very nicely! Enjoy the Halloween time :)

Sofia_Joy (author)2017-10-18

This is very beautiful! I love it!

MarlenaT (author)Sofia_Joy2017-10-18

Thank you so much!

Sofia_Joy (author)MarlenaT2017-10-19

Yore welcome!!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2017-10-18

Wow! Just wow! This is so creative, and well made, and just looks wonderful as a costume :D

Thank you so much!

Mey Lynn (author)2017-10-18

wow!!! So cool!!!

MarlenaT (author)Mey Lynn2017-10-18

Thank you so much!

Tye Rannosaurus (author)2017-10-18

So incredibly creative and beautifully done! You've got my vote!

MarlenaT (author)Tye Rannosaurus2017-10-18

Thank you so much for your comment and your vote! This is my first Instructable and my first contest entry. It's really fun!

Swansong (author)2017-10-18

This is so awesome! 0.0 That's an amazingly creative idea and it came out beautifully! :)

MarlenaM (author)Swansong2017-10-18

Thank you so much! My family is having some great fun this month with Halloween activities. I've been out a few times so far in the dress. Posing for more photo requests than I ever imagined and have had a chance to meet many new people as they inquire about the costume.

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