I had this Articulated Carousel Doll Shrine Kit from Retro Cafe Art Gallery in my possession for awhile just waiting for the inspiration to knock on the door and inspire me. It not only knocked, it blew my door down when the wooden Dia de los Muertos Cats arrived at Retro Cafe Art Gallery. These colorful little cats were just the inspiration I needed to create my Dia De Los Muertos Carousel Shrine. Dia de los Muertos is one of the most beautiful celebrations in all of Mexico, celebrating and honoring the life of deceased loved ones. As I was creating this, I think I heard the music as I envisioned this carousel in the center of the square somewhere among all the happy people and colorful festivities.
I made a lot of alterations to the Articulated Doll Carousel Shrine Kit mainly by adding to it. One of the things I added was The Layered Winged Sugar Skull Ornament. I used the Sugar Skull for the face and added the wings to the body. I took the Starburst in that kit and added it to the bottom of the Carousel.
When I added the poles, the bottom dowels fit in the starburst slots and the top part I glued to the under side of the top piece of the Carousel and secured it with a little Aves Apoxie Sculpt around the top of the poles and then painted the sculpt to match the underside.
I also switched the laced grills from the top to the bottom and placing the flat edged ones at the top. I had visions of the Carousels that had the advertisements at the top with lights. So, I added pictures and paper to mine along with the mini Sugar Skulls around the top with the words "Never Grow Up" and "Souvenir Photos".
The Carousel Kit comes with Paper Horse Cut Outs, but I wanted to paint my own. I painted each horse black and trimmed with Gold and added a colorful saddle made from a circle and folded in half so the saddle showed on both sides. I staggered the horses as if they were going up and down as well as the Dia de los Muertos Cats. The Carousel Music still playing loudly in my head.....
I also added wooden feet to the bottom to lift it up as if it could begin turning at any time.
There is just something very magical about a Carousel and even more so when the vision of the one in your head and your heart just falls into place. I very pleased with how she turned out and I debated whether or not to do decorate the face. Hummm... that might be another addition coming and I may add Glow in the Dark paint to all the skulls.
I hope you enjoyed my Dia De Los Muertos Carousel Shrine. Remember, Never grow up and never pass up the chance to ride a Carousel.
German Dresden Foil Border - Crown
German Dresden Border Mini Scalloped - Around the bottom of Carousel
Small Wooden Cups for Feet
Art Papers and Images
Mini Diamonds/Jewels for Crown