How to build a backyard teacup ride?


I want to build a teacup ride in my backyard without using electricity. I can make it out of styrofoam and then coat it. Or some other idea. I picture it to work like a sit 'n spin but in a Disney type ride in teacup.

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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jan 09, 2021

    the info I found does not suggest using styrofoam to make a teacup ride it is not sturdy enough and will not hold up well in the rain, cold, etc. you could buy a small spinning toy and then build onto that - I couldn't find instructions on how to build it as you are talking about I did find many teacup rides for sale by googling it

  • I don't think styrofoam will be strong enough to support a person on a ride. A wood or metal base/frame would be stronger. You could wrap it in chicken wire and apply a fiberglass finish. An auto body shop may have some good suggestions for you.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 09, 2021

    Your idea sounds adventurous.

    Do you presently have an underground source of electricity located in the area of the yard that you are wanting to build the ride?

    If not, then firstly this will likely need to be installed by trenching. To ensure that the work is completed to code, it should be done by a qualified electrician.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 09, 2021

    That is all I could find regarding building your own tea cup ride. There appear to a lot of sale. Have you thought about buying the apparatus you sit on and doing the rest yourself?

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 09, 2021

    Hi Tobi, you can build the teacup and saucer out of carboard and paper mache, a mixture of newspaper flour and water. once dry you can paint it, sounds cool! Post a picture when you finish it

    Hope this helps you out,

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 09, 2021

    Maybe a children's roundabout (rotary motion clockwise of counterclockwise) might work, no electricity required. Chairs could be welded into place. It could go as fast or as gently as wanted.

    I also could not find any instructions on what you are looking for.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 10, 2021

    What an interesting idea Tobi. I found this video that may help (or give you some ideas) on how to make big teacups -

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 10, 2021

    Hello Tobi Ruth Love,

    I assume this is not for use but for decoration only! How about using a Cable reel , they come in all sizes. Use Real cups and Saucers, or Plates and Bowls for the Rides.

    If you want the Cups and Saucers to rotate, you will need to buy the systems they use for "Aunt Susies" or Icing Cake Stands. Have fun!

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 10, 2021

    Here's one idea that might get you started

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 10, 2021

    Hello. That’s a challenging idea. I would purchase a used to sit and spin and engineer from that. Perhaps using a laundry basket or some thing in the shape of a tea cup and work ....papermache around that.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jan 10, 2021

    Yes, purchase a used sit and spin and build your teacup upon it.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 11, 2021

    Hello Tobi. Your tea cup ride sounds like a great idea. I hope you will consider posting it here on Home Talk. I agree with above comments that you should use wood or metal to construct this ride. I'm afraid it will fall apart quickly if left out in the elements. Good luck Tobi.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 12, 2021

    Cardboard and paper mâché will not hold up to outdoor weather.