Stick the paper straws to the wider paper plate using glue dots or hot glue. Stick the candy tube to the center of the plate. Fill the tube with gumballs and close the tube.
Trim straws to the same height of the candy tube. Glue the smaller diameter plate on top of straws.
Draw a circle onto a piece of colored cardstock about 6 inches (20 cm) in diameter. Cut the circle and mark its center. Make a slit from the edge to center.
Using double-sided tape, turn the circle into a cone/ dome shape to form the top of the carousel. Punch out circles in the contrasting colored card-stock and fold them in half. Add tape to each half.
Glue the halves under the cone shape as shown in the illustrator. This forms the edges of the domed top. Glue the dome to top plate. To finish off just glue the printable animal or circus shapes cut-outs to the straws and fill the plate with candy!