Haunted Ferris Wheel by Leo Kowal

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Can you believe that I didn't discover Halloween until I was about five years old? My parents and I moved to the U.S. from Poland, and we knew absolutely nothing about the ghoulish holiday, so I immediately fell in love with the colors, candy and school art projects.

I can vividly recall weaving a Jack-O-Lantern and cutting bats out of construction paper, and I'm pretty sure this laid the foundation for my love of Halloween. I look at all of our kits and collections and think about how I can adapt them to my favorite holiday. The Summer Street Carnival SVG Kit screams "dark carnival" and I was instantly inspired! Hope you get inspired to create your own version of this Ferris Wheel and adapt it to your favorite holiday!

SVGCuts For Beginners

This is an optional video where I discuss the common concepts and procedures involved in cutting SVG files using eCAL, Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and Make The Cut.

SVG Collections Used

Summer Street Carnival SVG Kit
 Hazel's Wicked Witch Crafts SVG Collection

Supplies Used

  • Authentique Paper
  • AC Cardstock
  • 20" of .25" thick wooden dowel (cut into eight 2" pieces and one 4" piece)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Craft Saw
  • Hot Glue
  • 3M Quick Dry Glue
  • Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Round 14

Dimensions

Here are the exact shapes, sizes and colors I used. Size to the dimensions shown below. If chart only indicated width OR height, Use "Keep Properties" or "Aspect Lock" to size files.

Summer Street Carnival SVG Kit (Ferris Wheel)
Cut all SVG files at default size Halloween Paper and Black Cardstock
Hazel's Wicked Witch Crafts SVG Collection
spider.svg 6" wide Black Cardstock
spider.svg (shadow blackout) 6" Wide Halloween Paper
1_bottom.svg 2.25" Wide Black Cardstock
1_top.svg 2.25" Wide Halloween Paper
1_top.svg (shadow blackout) 2.25" Wide Halloween Paper

Ferris Wheel Assembly Video

Design Tips

Leo Kowal - CoFounder SVGCuts.com

  • Find a stack of paper that inspires you. I looked through my stack of Authentique paper a few times and picked out my favorite sheets and put them next to each other to make sure that they "worked" well together. I like my projects to be interesting, but not at the cost of making them look too busy.
  • Put your paper in place and step back before you glue it down. If the paper doesn't work, pick out something else and try again until it does. Don't glue until you're sure!
  • Embossing really brings out the cardstock. I used a creepy looking embossing folder to give the cars some much needed detail and then I inked them with some dark ink so that they didn't look so polished. Inking creates a gradient that softens edges and makes cardstock look more appealing.
  • Embellish, but don't over-embellish. Try to find a balance between paper and establishments.
  • Put on a fun movie or some music to get you into the spirit!

I hope you had fun seeing paper crafting through the eyes of a guy. As I mentioned in my video, anyone can do this and it's hard to mess up, so get your files, fire up your cutting machine and start cutting! Happy Crafting!! ~ Leo


4 Responses to “Haunted Ferris Wheel by Leo Kowal”

  1. Brigit Mann July 5, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    Great job Leo, love the ferris wheel, that spider looks so cool!!  Awesome video too!!

  2. Lisa J July 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Fab as always! Love the Halloween twist on that kit! Guess I’ll be adding that one to my decorations for this year!

  3. linda July 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Great job Leo!

  4. Pattislee July 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Wow – this is one crazy scary ferris wheel. Cool. Great job. Love the pumpkin and spider as added embellishments. Thanks for sharing.