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« on: January 04, 2016 10:56:52 AM »

One thing I really love about the Alpha Stamps' monthly kits is how versatile they are. This month, the design team's stated theme was "Valentine Paper Theatres", but when I saw the square shrine and the wonderful stripey papers, all I could think of was "circus"! So, circus it is. The cardboard shrine was the perfect size to transport a zebra to the big top.


The square shrine is designed to have a taller facade on top, but for the circus wagon, I used the shrine upside down. I added extra cardboard on the two sides and the back in order to make a good base for the wheels. Here's a picture of how the back looks with the 1" of extra cardboard on the bottom. The wheels come with the pieces shown here painted black. Once they're in place, it's easy to thread the axle through them and attach the wheels. Just make sure you have them lined up properly; I first put my wagon together without gluing it to make sure that these axle holders were on straight.


I got the zebra from my local Michaels store, and then dressed her up for her circus debut. I painted her hooves glittery red with Stickles, and then gave her a ruffle made of pom pom fringe. I also used Stickles to create little red jewels on her crown. She's so fancy! I added a little 3D trim to the Cirque facade; here you can see some black and white braid and some gold star studs.


Back of the wagon, an advertisement for the act:


The rope in front was added to make this a pull toy. I punched a hole in the cardboard and threaded the cord through it. I tied a big knot and glued it to the wall of the side to keep it firmly attached. The end of the cord is glued into a small wooden finial, which I painted black and gold and then glazed. The back step was an old wooden block I happened to have, cut to size. Matchsticks make the perfect flag poles.


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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2016 11:05:33 AM »

Have I told you lately that I love this? Like, in a really big way?
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2016 02:00:18 PM »

Zebras are amazing! The ball fringe on his neck is perfect.

Read an article on one of the Rothchild's, and that he had actually trained Zebra's to pull his carriage. Which is almost impossible to train them.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2016 02:46:04 PM »

I love your wagon!

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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2016 04:58:50 PM »

Wow, what a great photo! I wish I had a team of zebras to pull me around in a little wagon. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2016 06:46:05 PM »

This is sooooo fun and just great! I just love how you can take something and switch it around to make it all your own. Damn, girl.

Also, OF COURSE all you could think was "circus"!   Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2016 11:51:55 PM »

As always  this is amazing! The ball fringe around the neck is an awesome touch and I love how the flags look 3d! Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2016 03:42:04 AM »

I adore this!  Makes me want to go to Michaels and rummage around in their plastic animal section.   Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2016 09:29:37 AM »

Very cute! I love the little touch of the crown on the zebra.
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2016 10:18:09 AM »

Very cute! I love the little touch of the crown on the zebra.
I had not noticed the crown Smiley Also just spotted the hooves are painted red.
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