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Make an Origami Carousel -It’s never too late to have a happy childhood!

origami-carousel-561Do you remember riding a carousel when you were a child? If you do, now you can recreate the joy you probably felt by making an origami carousel, today.

And if you never had that experience at a young age? Well, it’s never too late to have a happy childhood!

After I first presented this origami horse (José Tomás Buitrago) on OrigamiSpirit, I thought of using the model as one of the elements of a carousel.

Then I featured an origami turbine (David Donahue) and realized that it could work very well as the top.  Adding a  base of my own creation, I assembled the carousel.

Subsequently, I taught a variation of this origami carousel at an OrigamiUSA convention, but have not yet featured it on Origami Spirit. Until now. Many people have requested a video of the carousel and I’m very pleased to be able to present it.

Materials to make this origami carousel

  • An origami Turbine made of a 6 x 6-inch square of paper Click here for the video
  • Origami pyramid base made of a 6 x 6-inch square of paper (Shown in the video presented here)
  • Four Origami horses made with duo color paper 3 x 3-inch Click here for the video
  • A wooden skewer approximately 6 inches (15 cm) in length.
  • Four pieces of 26-gauge wire about 4 inches (10 cm) in length.

Tips and suggestions for making  the carousel

  • Thin Kami paper, known in the U.S. as “origami paper”, works well to make the pieces for the origami carousel.
  • It is most effective if paper is colored differently on each side.
  • Additional squares of paper can be used as colorful inserts for decoration. (shown in the video)

How to make the horse look cleaner when finished
Once you have mastered the basic folding, try a cleaner look for the finished horse. When making the preliminary base, omit one of the diagonal central folds.


Omitting this fold, results in a base without unnecessary markings. This is how José Tomás Buitrago originally designed his horse. Click on the photo above to see it larger.

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{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Kris H September 3, 2019, 5:31 pm

    Leyla, Your website has so many great ideas I can’t fold fast enough! I found your rocking horse carousel just in time to make ONE for an upcoming shower for my first great grandchild. I’m currently working on my fourth😅 I ‘m not sure if I should seek counseling for my origami obsession, or just keep folding? Thanks for the awesome inspirations.

    • Leyla Torres September 3, 2019, 8:49 pm

      You are giving a big smile to my face. I’m very happy you enjoy what you find here in Origami Spirit. Keep it up!

  • Chloe February 28, 2018, 11:14 pm

    Very cool origami. I tried the accordion box / water wheel and it turned out great! Thank you for the instructions.

    • Leyla Torres February 28, 2018, 11:25 pm

      You are welcome Chloe. Isn’t that a great origami model?

  • Carol Hodsdon September 30, 2017, 6:17 pm

    Hi Leyla
    Thank your for a beautiful and inspiring model.

  • Dr. Naren Shah October 9, 2016, 4:59 pm

    Very nice and interesting toys. I made it very easily. Thanks a lot….

    • Dr. Naren Shah October 15, 2016, 2:28 pm

      Very nice & interesting toy.I made it for my grand son. Thank you for perfect video.

  • Maria Luisa February 9, 2016, 9:29 am

    Impresionante!!! Eres una gran maestra, por lo menos para mi :D
    Intentaré hacerlo. Un saludo desde España.

    • Leyla Torres February 9, 2016, 11:31 am

      Gracias Maria Luisa. Lo importante es que encuentres aquí material que te pueda servir y que puedas disfrutar.

  • Aída Urrutia September 12, 2015, 4:09 pm

    Gracias Leyla por este precioso modelo de carrousel con caballitos que
    has mostrado y enseñado en esta ocasión.
    Espero poder enseñarlo a tu nombre y autores próximamente.

  • Ariana September 8, 2015, 7:23 pm

    That´s so cute!!!!!!!!!!! I love origami. Thank you, Leyla Torres.

    • Leyla Torres September 9, 2015, 12:14 pm

      Hola Ariana,
      Bienvenida a Origami Spirit. Me alegra que hayas hecho el perrito “Slinky”
      ¿Sabías que nuestro sitio web está también en español?
      Aquí te pongo el enlace para que lo visites y se te facilite .

      Bienvenida y gracias por escribir.


  • Elsa Lucia Cabrera September 7, 2015, 4:10 pm

    Every day you put better things to do. Thanks

  • minhtu August 29, 2015, 3:21 am

    really cute and creative!!

  • Ivone kauric de campos August 27, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Bonito trabalho

  • Diana Moriel August 27, 2015, 1:46 pm

    Such a beautiful work, I might do it with my daughter, she loved it too!

    • Leyla Torres August 27, 2015, 1:55 pm

      Make it. It’s actually fairly easy. You’ll have fun and learn a lot!

  • Briana Wicce August 27, 2015, 12:02 pm

    So cute! Amazing idea!

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