Carousel Book

by Bibiana Martinez-Ziegler

Create a carousel-shaped book that can be customized with diecut scenes.


  • Cardstock in several different colors
  • Chipboard
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring board
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass, or round shape/dish
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Die cutting machine
  • Dies
  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Cut seven (7) each of the following cardstock panels:

    Front Panel – 5 1/2” x 5 1/4” (shown in green below)
    Inside Panel #1 – 5 1/2” x 7 1/2” (shown in red below)
    Inside Panel #2 – 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” (shown in silver mirror cardstock below)
    Wall – 8” x 8 1/2” (shown in green below)
    Roof - 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” (shown in glittery cardstock below)

  2. Step 2

    Score the first front panel on the short side at 1/2” and 4 3/4”. Turn the panel over and place double-sided tape along the ends, outside the scored lines. Die cut a window opening in the center of each panel. Decorate the window opening as desired. Each one can be customized to create a scene or tell a story.

  3. Fold the completed front panel in half, with scored ends folded to the outside. Secure the center fold with a bone folder.

    Repeat the same steps for the remaining panels of this size.

  4. Step 3

    Score the first inside panel #1 on the long side at 1/2”, 3 3/4” and 7”. Place double-sided tape along the ends, outside the scored lines. Fold the panel in half, and center a die to cut a window opening through both layers of cardstock at once. Decorate the window openings as desired.

    Repeat the same steps for the remaining panels of this size.

  5. Step 4

    Score and fold each inside panel #2 on the long side at 4 1/8”.

  6. Step 5

    Score and fold the first wall panel on the long side at 4 1/4”.

    Measure down 2 1/2” from the outer corner, and make a pencil mark. Cut a diagonal line from the top of the fold to the pencil mark. This creates the slope of the roof.

    Repeat the same steps for the remaining wall panels.

  7. Step 6

    To create a template for the roof shape, unfold one of the folded wall panels. Trace the pointed top edge onto a piece of scrap paper, and connect the ends with a rounded line using a pencil and compass. Cut out the template, then trace it onto the roof panel and cut the shape out.

    If you don’t have a compass, line up the edge of a plate, and trace the curve from point to point.

    Fold the cut roof panel in half. Open it up, then fold each section in half again. Open again and fold to create another crease in each section, for a total of 7 fold lines. Open the panel and fold it accordion-style, with 3 valley folds and 4 mountain folds.

    Repeat the same steps for the remaining roof panels.

  8. Step 7

    Assemble one section of the carousel at a time. Each of the seven sections will have five pieces: one front panel (shown in green), one inside #1 panel (shown in red), one inside #2 panel (shown with silver mirror cardstock), one wall panel (shown in green) and one folded roof panel (glittery cardstock).

  9. Using the double-sided tape attached earlier, adhere inside panel #1 to inside panel #2.

    Add a front panel to these 2 pieces using the double-sided tape attached earlier (the tabs will wrap around the back).

    Repeat the same steps for the remaining six sections.

  10. Step 8

    Tape the assembled section to one half of a wall panel, aligning the bottom and outside edge. Line up the opposite edge, and tape down the other side.

    Repeat the same steps for the remaining six sections.

  11. Step 9

    Insert the folded roof piece into each section as shown, folded in an accordion fold, with the two end flaps out like a paper airplane. Fold down and tape these wings flush with the edges of the wall on the outside of this panel.

  12. Step 10

    For the cover, take a folded wall panel and trace it onto chipboard on the left side. Leave a 1” space in the middle for the spine, then flip the folded wall panel to the other side and trace again. Cut the shape with scissors, then score and fold along the spine.

  13. Wrap the chipboard cover with matching cardstock. The outside piece should be larger than the cover, and the inside piece just slightly smaller. Score the lines along the spine again, and fold.

    Attach ribbon to the center of each side of the cover, long enough to make a bow in the front. Attach a loop of ribbon on either side of the spine for a hanger.

  14. Step 11

    Attach the assembled sections together side by side.

    Glue the ends into the covers using a hot glue gun.

  15. View of the carousel closed

  16. Step 12

    View of the carousel opened and tied with bow on the front

  17. View of the carousel opened from the back


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Carousel Book. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

WAUW this is absolut gorgeous and definitely one, that Iīm going to try in the new year, thatīs for sure. I love it.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone.
Maryann Laursen  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 4:27 AM
Amazing, stunning....OMG! What a beautiful work of art. The video is well done. Thank you for such a wonderful delight on a winter morning.
Rosetta Jenkins  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 6:21 AM
absolute genius idea.a definite must try.
Brenda Banks  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 7:55 AM
Oh my!!! Gorgeous!!! I've got to try it! What company makes those beautiful snowflake frame dies?? Thanks for sharing!!
Jodi Ball  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM
This would make a wonderful valentine. Think it will be a Grandkid & Grandmom project for their parents.. I'm going to have fun with this one. Thanks for sharing your creative heart.
Susan  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM
This is absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial.
Shelly Hickox  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM
This is stunning! I'm only sorry that this tutorial didn't appear till so close to Christmas. Oh, will give me a goal for the new year. Thank you so much, Bibiana.
Traci Brennan  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM
I believe the dies are from Memory Box. They have wonderful lines of intricate dies for all occasions.
Leigh Scherzer  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Becky Green  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM
I thought the same thing Traci! But it will probably take me a year to get it done! Love the Valentine idea Susan! Thanks for the Memory Box tip Leigh! I'll be checking it out! Merry Christmas to all!
Jodi Ball  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM
This is beautiful.
Please: what is the name of the die used in Step 2???
hanne danielsen  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Wow oh WOW! What a beautiful and unique paper creation! Thanks ever so much for sharing your fabby tutorial with us today!!

Bev Gerard  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM
For those who asked about the dies: if you click on the Youtube icon in the video frame, you'll be sent over to Bibiana's post on Youtube, where she has all the dies listed with links.
Dina  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM
Wonderful idea...

stitchin' & gettin' inky...
zzinky  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM
Hello Everybody: Here Bibiana, THANK YOU for all the lovely comments...the dies are all Memory Box. ALL the supplies are listed at my you tube page, (below video, show more) thanks dina for the explanation and there are listed as well in my blog; "stamping with Bibiana"...
and for Tracy, you can make it still with any theme in mind, like Susan said, she will do it for valentine's day...or you have plenty of time to make it for next year! Thanks a lot for all your com. ideas and input...
hugs bibiana
Bibiana Martinez-Ziegler  |  Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM
I tried to go to youtube, but the links I tried were dead ends.
hanne danielsen  |  Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM
Hi Hanne - did you just hit play on the player above? The video is fine. You might need to update your Adobe Flash Player and your browser to the most current versions if you're having trouble viewing.
lydia  |  Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM
I saw the video. It was just the links that did not work in the supply list, but I went to and found them, and have already placed and order on 3 of the frames grin
hanne danielsen  |  Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM
What a beautiful work of heart and art. I have added the tutorial to my favorites. I'm afraid I will have to watch it several times to catch all the directions.
This will make a very special gift for the person who has everything and appreciates all the work involved. Thank YOU!
clarkieskc  |  Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM
What an awesome card.Can't wait to try it !
danna immoos  |  Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

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