American Girl DIY Carnival Swing Ride

Posted on Apr 5 2016 - 10:34am by Rudy

American Girl DIY Carnival Swing Ride

American Girl DIY Swing Ride

With the American Girl Carnival coming up we have gotten a lot of requests for swings. I am always up for a challenge and since swings are one of my favorite rides, I thought it would be fun to add them to the carnival scene. This is one of the simpler build, so don’t let this project scare you. If you are planning a carnival themed birthday, this would be a fun addition to the party! Along with the ferris wheel coming up! So stay tuned!

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American Girl DIY Swing Ride

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Lower Half of Swing:

  • 4 – 3/4” MDF @ 3” x 2 1/2” – Lower Center Supports – Drill 1/2” hole through center of top two center supports.
  • 1 – 1/2” MDF @ 24” x 20 13/16” – Base – Follow Step 1 Diagram to complete.
  • 2 – 3/4” MDF @ 10” x 4 1/2” – Sides of Lower Supports
  • 2 – 3/4” MDF @ 10” x 2 1/2” – Front and Back of Lower Supports

Upper Half of Swing:

  • 4 – 3/4” MDF @ 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” – Upper Center Supports – Drill 1/2” hole through center of bottom two center supports.
  • 2 – 3/4” MDF @ 10” x 2 1/2” – Front and Back of Upper Supports
  • 2 – 1/2” MDF @ 10” x 4” – Sides of Upper Supports
  • 1 – 3/4” MDF @ 24” x 20 13/16” – Top Roof – Follow Step 1 Diagram to complete.

Swings:

  • 3 – 1/2” MDF @ 6 1/2” x 5 1/2” – Back of Swings
  • 3 – 1/2” MDF @ 6 1/2” x 6” – Bottom of Swings
  • 15 – 1/2” x 1/2” MDF @ 3 1/2” – Arm Rest Supports & Lower Front Swing Support
  • 6 – 1/2” x 1/2” MDF @ 4 1/2” – Arm Rest
  • 6 – 1/2” x 1/2” MDF @ 4” – Front Arm Rest Supports
  • 3 – 1/2” x 1/2” MDF @ 5 1/2” – Front Swing Support

Step 1:

Follow the diagram to make a hexagon for the base and the roof.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride Step 1

Step 2:

These are the lower center supports. Make sure to drill a half inch hole in the center of the top two center supports as shown below. Attach the sides and back of the lower support. Leave one side open.  Use wood glue and pin into place.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride Step 2

Step 3:

Attach the lower support to the base. Make sure to center it.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride Step 3

Step 4:

These are the upper center supports. Make sure to drill a half inch hole in the center of the lower two center supports as shown below. Attach the sides and back of the upper support. Leave one side open.  Use wood glue and pin into place.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride Step 4

Step 5:

Now attach the center supports by inserting the half inch bolt through the middle. Make sure you have a washer above the upper center supports, two washers in-between the upper and lower center supports, and a washer below the lower center supports. Use a lock nut to tighten the bolt into place making sure the upper half spins freely.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride Step 5

Step 6:

Attach the top. Use wood glue and pin into place. Make sure it is centered. Add trim around the top if desired.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride Step 6

Step 7:

Close the upper and lower center supports by gluing and pinning the last pieces on.  See diagram below. Add trim around each side of the upper and lower center supports if desired. See finished picture for reference.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride Step 7

Step 8:

Build the swing seats as shown below.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride Step 8

Step 9:

Add the front swing supports as shown.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride Step 9

Step 10:

Spackle, sand and paint. I also used patterned scrapbook paper to give it a carnival like look.

Add picture frame hooks into the swing arm supports and the under part of the roof. Put chains into hooks so swings hang.

American Girl DIY Swing Ride

 

American Girl Carnival Swings

American Girl Carnival Swings

American Girl Carnival Swings

American Girl DIY Carnival Swing Ride was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. YAM katz June 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm -

    i love this idea.but could you make an american girl doll tredmill? thanks!

  2. Halla April 10, 2016 at 7:19 pm -

    Cold you give a tourial on how to make a carnival swing on YouTube.

  3. Lan Young April 6, 2016 at 9:53 am -

    You have a special way to get me into doing craft. So attractive. I want to do this.

  4. mackenzie April 5, 2016 at 9:04 pm -

    that is so cool . i think you should make an american girl doll dream house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Kaitlyn April 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm -

    That is the cutest craft ever! I can’t wait to make it for my dolls!
    kaitlynrh1 from Kaits AG Crafts

  6. Becky Redford April 5, 2016 at 2:10 pm -

    that is so cute. when are you going to put up the Ferris wheel for us to craft.