seaside merry-go-round upgrade

 

Hey there, SF lovers!  Do you own this seaside merry-go-round?  It’s adorable, and really fun for the kids, and not to mention, the fish and whale come off for fun little trip in the ocean for the SF babies!  In the US, this merry-go-round is usually on sale at a pretty good price.  I personally think it’s a great buy!

HOWEVER, haven’t you wondered what to do with it once you owned it?! I know my son can play with it like crazy, but as an adult SF fan, how do I incorporate it on my diorama? It’s a bit strange to just place it on a beach, at least in my opinion…

So, when I thought of making a beach town diorama, I was glad that my dilemma was resolved.  Many beach towns have small amusement parks on the side!

To make this merry-go-round more “amusement ride like,” I added a fence and lights around it.  What do you think?

A bit retro, but a fun little ride for the babies! Let’s see how I made this upgrade.

I used foam board for the base and the fence.  Very typical, but I made the fence wave shape.

After hot gluing the fences up, I glued on some ocean themes charms I’ve been collecting over the last few years.

I painted the base and the fence in wavy gradation with acrylic paint, then I glued on some wooden sea stars I found at a dollar(100 yen) store in Tokyo.

Just recently I found this tape string lights at Michaels.  It was for Halloween, but I thought it would be perfect for this ride fence.

I bunched up extra lights under the rides.

I painted the areas of the tape lights to blend in with the background afterwards.  This is how it looks in the dark.

Nostalgic, don’t you think?