Disney’s Aladdin taught us many lessons but it’s safe to say we can all agree that we left the movie wanting a ride on the magic carpet. It introduced us to a whole new world. But magical carpets have been a thing long before Disney came along. Their origin dates back centuries but they all serve a similar function. Magic carpets, which are also sometimes known as flying carpets, are used as a form of transportation. And this Halloween should be no different.
If you’ve got a little Aladdin or Princess Jasmine on your hands, this Magic Carpet wagon upgrade is perfect for you. Shimmer and Shine would fit right into this ride as well. Instead of pulling around a boring wagon for a night of trick-or-treating with your little one, you’ll have the magic of a flying carpet on your side. With a few supplies and some DIY skills, you’ll have a magic carpet of your own.
This project was designed to fit a “step 2” wagon. You can modify the measurements of the pieces to fit whatever wagon you might be using. The foam boards are from the dollar store, which is more economical when using a large quantity.
DIY Magic Carpet Wagon Materials
- Spray Adhesive
- 2 Sheets of 20” x 30” White Foamboard
- 1 Sheet of 20” x 30” Black Foamboard
- 2 Yards of Lightweight Purple Fabric
- 2 Yards of Shimmery Black Fabric (I found fabric that looks like stars)
- Fabric Scissors
- Craft knife
- Marker or pencil
- Hot Glue Gun w/ plenty of extra Glue Sticks
- KRYLON Low Odor Spray Glue
- Spool of 1” Wide Gold Ribbon
- Spool of Thin (1/8”) Gold Ribbon
- Spool of Yellow- 1 1/4” Wide ZigZag Ribbon (Ric Rac trim)
- Spool of Blue- 1 1/4” Wide ZigZag Ribbon (Ric Rac trim)
- At Least 40” of Decorative Fringe
- Rolling Pin (Optional)
Step 1. Draw a box 12” x 15” on the bottom horizontal edge of a sheet of white foam board. The box should be centered left to right, as shown. Draw a second box 18” x 20” around the 1st box, it should be flush on the bottom edge and spaced 4” around three remaining edges.
Step 2. Cut out the 12” x 15” section.
Step 3. Measure and cut two pieces of black foam board 4” x 18”, and one piece 4” x 20”.
Step 4. Hot glue the 3 pieces of black foamboard on the lines on the larger box you created in step one, as shown.
Step 5. Repeat steps 1-4 with the second piece of white foam board.
Step 6. Connect the 2 open edges of the foam board pieces together, using hot glue, and scrap pieces of black foamboard to better secure the edges together, as shown.
Step 7. The entire foamboard piece should fit over the wagon to create the magic carpet. There should be enough room for 2 kids to sit inside. I cut a notch out of the front edge of the carpet so the wagon handle can sit upright when the wagon is parked.
Step 8. Spray the top of the magic carpet with the low odor spray glue. Press the fabric down evenly on the top of the magic carpet, leaving extra fabric around all the edges. Use the rolling pin to roll the fabric and even out any air bubbles.
Step 9. Neatly wrap all of the extra fabric around the edges of the carpet, tucking and gluing the extra fabric underneath. Cut out the fabric in the middle, leaving extra around the edges to tuck under too. This will make the edges of the carpet look very nice and clean.
Step 10. Start creating a zig-zag design on one section of the carpet, as shown, using the zig-zag ribbon in alternating colors.
Step 11. Finish making the zigzag design around the carpet.
Step 12. Trim the long edges and inside edges of the carpet with the 1” wide gold ribbon. Use the thin gold ribbon to trim around the zigzag ribbons.
Step 13. Hot glue the decorative fringe to the ends of the carpet.
Step 14. Wrap the black fabric around the underside of the carpet, gluing it to the black foam board with hot glue. Having it long enough that it almost touches the floor when the carpet is on the wagon.
Step 15. Once the carpet is complete and placed on the wagon, if the black fabric is too tight, you can cut long slits in the fabric at each of the back wheels. Now your magic carpet will look like it’s flying in the sky!
Bringing the magic of a flying carpet to life is as easy as following these steps. Whether your little one is stepping out as Jasmine or Aladdin, or maybe a genie, this wagon upgrade is just what you need to take their costumes to the next level. They’ll feel like they’re soaring through the air instead of sitting in their usual wagon.
With a little DIY magic, your wagon can transformer into a magic carpet this Halloween. If you recreate this wagon upgrade, don’t forget to share pictures of your finished product with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!