Upcycling Project Report

For my Upcycle Project I created a jewelry holder out of cardboard in the shape of a ferris wheel. The jewelry holder spins to simulate a ferris wheel. I based the aesthetic of my ferris wheel off of two vintage wood post cards I have. These two postcards are the inspiration for the colors I chose and the clouds I painted on the ferris wheel. 

Here is a photo of my final project holding earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings,

The colors and clouds are based off of the colors and clouds from these two post cards that I have hanging in my room.






I love how the blues, oranges, and reds come together in these two post cards. Therefore, I used this color schematic for my project. In addition, I love how the colorful sky have these three colors within the clouds. This is where I got the inspiration for the clouds.

I chose this aesthetic because it uses vibrant colors, simple shapes, and figures to create complex scenes. This style uses a lot of colors to create a vibrant scene. These colors are muted to create a vintage look. This style is also common on antique travel posters.

I originally wanted to make a light switch cover after seeing vintage light switch covers on Pearl Street. When I made the base for my project, I tested the cardboard and realized that it was not strong enough to be pulled and push the light switch. When I was looking at my design, I realized it would make a very intricate jewelry holder. I have been thinking about making a jewelry holder for some time, and my current design would be perfect. I added 4 popsicle sticks to the large circle and built a circular base with a simple cardboard wall to hold the ferris wheel and rings.

Here is my original CAD that I used to make my design. I ended up only using 6 cabins instead of 8 because it was less cluttered.

I used a bearing that I had from my component design class and cardboard that I found outside of the UMC. The cardboard was boxes that students set outside of the bookstore for recycling.

I think if I where to remake this project, which I would love to do this semester, I would use colored acrylic instead of cardboard. I think it would give the finish piece a very clean look. Or if I were to continue with cardboard, I would spray paint the pieces instead of painting. The painting caused the cardboard to weaken.

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2 Comments. Leave new

  • Abhishek Raut
    April 5, 2023 3:10 am

    Hi Hannah
    This is a great idea to make a ferris wheel jewelry holder.
    I didn’t even realize that it can rotate freely from first look.
    In my opinion, this same design can be scaled up with more arms added to hold even more articles. But I think for doing that, you’d need to reconsider the material instead of cardboard.
    But overall it looks great with the postcard aesthetic you were going for.

  • Shrey Naresh Solanki
    February 28, 2023 2:33 pm

    The jewelry holder’s creative process and motivation are nicely conveyed through the clear, in-depth explanations and illustrations. Would you be able to provide more details about the construction procedure and how you made sure the ferris wheel spun freely?


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