Are you feeling crafty? Well, then get the art supplies ready because it’s time to make your very own fidget spinner! Your kids will love it, and you won’t have to shell out any money on something new. It’s a win-win!

Now the question is, where do you start? There are 4 easy methods you can try, so let’s dive into each and learn a few extra tips and tricks along the way!

With a fidget spinner, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Put them together and you get one of the coolest toys out there, and one that’ll guarantee hours of fun.

– Cara Stevens, author of Fidget Spinner Tricks, Hacks, & Mods

How Are Fidget Spinners Made?

Fidget spinners are super simple toys that are designed to increase focus and give fidgeters an outlet for all their energy. As a bonus, you can also do cool tricks that impress your friends.

Your basic fidget spinner is made of five parts:

  • Housing
  • Ball bearing
  • Weights
  • Blades
  • Caps

Housing

You can think of the housing just like the house you live in. It’s the outer shell, typically made of plastic or metal, that holds all of the pieces of a fidget spinner together.

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Ball Bearing

The ball bearing is inside the center of the fidget spinner. It’s basically a ring that holds a bunch of steel balls. These balls create a rolling motion that keeps that spinner going and going and going!

Weights

A typical fidget spinner contains open weighted rings on the outside. These allow gravity to do its thing and keep the spinner moving.

Blades

The blades whirl around as you play. The standard fidget spinner has three, but you’ll also see some that have two, four, and even eight blades!

Caps

Do you have pens with caps? Fidget spinners can have the same thing! These are placed on top and are usually there to hide the ugly ball bearings and rings underneath.

Now that you know the parts, it’s time to get ready to do this yourself. It’s pretty easy to make a fidget spinner as long as you have the time and patience for it. Let’s do this!

What Can You Use to Make a Fidget Spinner?

A homemade fidget spinner can turn into a true work of art. You can use any of the following to create yours:

  • Broken crayons
  • Bottle caps
  • Pennies
  • LEGOs
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Food

Most of these materials would have ended up in the garbage, anyway. You’re doing your part in keeping the planet a little greener and getting a DIY fidget spinner all in one go!

How to Make a Fidget Spinner With Crayons

Do you want a fun DIY project for the kids? You can make a fidget spinner right at home with just a few broken crayons!

Follow these steps to make your own fidget spinner:

  • Step One: Pick out five to six broken crayons to use as the blades.
  • Step Two: Create glue dots for each crayon on the outside of the ball bearing. Make sure they’re spaced far enough apart.
  • Step Three: Stick the broken crayons on the glue dots with the tip sticking out.
  • Step Four: Spin it around and enjoy the cool rainbow effect.

What you’ll need:

  • Crayons (preferably ones that are already broken as it’s less wasteful)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ball bearing (can be bought at most hobby stores)
  1. Step 1

    Gather five to six crayons of different colors. It’s up to you which ones you want to use, but a variety will look the coolest when it spins!

  2. Step 2

    Use a hot glue gun to create small dots around the outside of the ball bearing. Make sure to create one dot for each crayon you plan on using and space them far enough apart.

  3. Step 3
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    Press the broken crayons against the glue dots, so the crayon’s tip is on the outside.

  4. Step 4
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    Give it a spin and enjoy the fun rainbow effect that’s created!

Crayons are just one of the many materials you can use for this method. Keep the hot glue gun handy, and you can also try any of these items for the blades:


Small erasers

Bottle caps

Coins

Bingo chips

Feathers

Nuts or bolts

Lifesavers

Beads

Cheerios or Fruit Loops

Disposable spoons

As long as you have a ball bearing, the sky’s the limit! Put on some music, have a good time, and get to making your fidget spinners.

How to Make a Fidget Spinner From Cardboard

Maybe you don’t have broken crayons lying around. No worries! It’s still super easy to make a fidget spinner with other supplies.

Here’s how to make fidget spinners from cardboard:

  • Step One: Use a quarter to trace circles on a piece of cardboard. One circle should be in the middle with three circles surrounding it spaced evenly apart.
  • Step Two: Connect each of the outside circles to the one in the middle.
  • Step Three: Repeat steps 1 and 2. Cut around the outside of each drawing.
  • Step Four (Optional): Paint both pieces of cardboard using acrylic paint in any colors you choose.
  • Step Five: Glue pennies to the end of each blade on one of the cutouts. Let dry, then glue the other cutout onto the back.
  • Step Six: Poke a hole straight through the middle using a toothpick.
  • Step Seven: Trace two circles on a new piece of cardboard using the penny. Cut out both circles and stick them on either end of the toothpick.
  • Step Eight: Make sure the circles stay in place by adding hot glue on the top and bottom.
  • Step Nine: Cut the extra toothpick off on both sides.
  • Step Ten: The fidget spinner is ready for spinning! If you want to hide the pennies, paint extra circles and glue them to the top.

What you’ll need:

  • Carboard (it can be cereal boxes or anything else you have lying around the house)
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • Paintbrushes (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Marker or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • 4 pennies (one extra for tracing)
  • 1 quarter for tracing
  1. Step 1
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    Use your quarter to trace four circles on your cardboard. One of the circles should be in the middle, two should be on the bottom, and one should be on the top. Make sure they’re spaced as evenly apart as possible.

  2. Step 2
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    Next draw lines that join the outside circles to the ones in the center. This will create the classic fidget spinner shape.

  3. Step 3
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    Repeat steps one and two on a different piece of cardboard. From there, you will cut out around the outside of each drawing so you have two fidget spinner cardboard cutouts.

  4. Step 4

    This step is completely optional, but will result in a more vibrant fidget spinner. Choose your favorite colors and paint both pieces of cardboard. Make sure they’re completely dry before continuing with the next steps.

  5. Step 5
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    Glue the 3 pennies on the blades of one of the cardboard cutouts. Once that’s dry, you will then glue the other cardboard cutout to the back. You should now have a thick fidget spinner.

  6. Step 6
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    Poke a hole through the middle of both pieces of cardboard with a toothpick.

  7. Step 7
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    Hopefully you have that pencil or marker handy! You need to trace two more penny-sized circles on a new piece of cardboard. Cut them out and put them on either end of the toothpick.

  8. Step 8
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    Add a dab of hot glue to both ends to ensure the small circles stay in place.

  9. Step 9
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    Once the glue is dry, take your scissors and cut off the extra piece of toothpick on both ends.

  10. Step 10
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    You’re done! Now you can have fun playing with your new fidget spinner. If you want to hide the pennies on the blade, feel free to paint more cardboard circles and glue them to the top of each penny.

Pro Tip:

Save your coins! You can also do this project with round metal pieces, available at most hobby or craft stores.

How to Make Fidget Spinners From Paper

You can make a super cool fidget spinner with just a few scraps of paper. Make it eco-friendly by reusing sheets you planned on recycling, anyway!

What you’ll need:

  • Scrap pieces of paper or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife or similar cutting tool
  • Cardboard
  • Quarter
  • Pencil or marker
  • Toothpick
  • Strong glue
  1. Step 1
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    Take a standard sheet of paper and fold it so the top right hand corner comes down in the middle of the paper at the bottom.

  2. Step 2
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    Cut along the fold so you’re left with just a triangular piece of paper.

  3. Step 3
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    Unfold the paper and then fold it back down hamburger style (from top to bottom).

  4. Step 4

    Fold it again hamburger style. Try to make it as even as possible.

  5. Step 5
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    Flip your paper so it’s vertical. Now take the paper and fold it from the top to the bottom. It should be nice and thick.

  6. Step 6
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    Unfold your paper so it looks like it did in Step 4. Now take the top left corner and bring it across the seam in the middle.

  7. Step 7
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    Do the same for the other end of the paper. This time bring the right bottom corner up across the seam. You’ll be left with a zig zag shape as seen in the picture.

  8. Step 8
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    Repeat steps 1 through 7 using another piece of paper. The fidget spinner will look more visually pleasing if you use a different color.

  9. Step 9
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    Take one piece of paper and flip it over. Fold the bottom left corner up so you have a small triangle. Flip it over and do the same on the other side, making sure to fold from the left corner.

  10. Step 10
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    Repeat step 9 for the other piece of paper. This time, however, you want to make sure you’re folding from the right corners on both sides.

  11. Step 11
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    Cross one piece of paper on top of the other. Then take the triangles from the paper underneath (in this case it is the blue paper), fold them across to create a stronger seam, and then tuck those pieces underneath the top piece of paper (the orange paper as demonstrated here). There should be little pockets that each corner tucks neatly into.

  12. Step 12
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    Fold it over so now the top paper (orange) is at the bottom. Take the triangles and fold them on the top to create strong seams and then tuck them in as you did in step 11. You’ll be left with a windmill shape.

  13. Step 13
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    Use your X-Acto knife or cutting tool to poke a hole through the center. Make sure to go all the way through the paper.

  14. Step 14
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    Use a quarter and your pencil or marker to trace two circles onto a piece of cardboard. Then cut out both circles out using the X-Acto knife.

  15. Step 15
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    Cut the pointy ends off a toothpick, leaving a small wooden stick behind. Stack the cardboard circles on top of each other, poke a hole through the middle with your X-Acto knife, and then stick the toothpick through both circles. Hold it together by putting glue on top around the stick.

  16. Step 16
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    Stick the toothpick through the paper you folded together earlier. One cardboard circle should be on one side of the paper, and the other circle should be on the other side.

  17. Step 17
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    Add some more glue so the cardboard circles won’t fall off the stick. Note: You don’t want to stick these circles to your paper or your fidget spinner won’t spin!

  18. Step 18
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    You’re done! Have fun playing with your new fidget spinner. If you want, you can add more paper to the top to hide those ugly cardboard circles.

Would you rather see the whole process in action? Check out this video!

How Can You Decorate a Fidget Spinner?

Your homemade fidget spinner doesn’t have to be boring. If you make yours from cardboard or paper, use any of these supplies to give it a little bit of flair!

  • Acrylic paint
  • Sharpies
  • Coins
  • Spray paint
  • Glitter
  • Stick-on gems
  • Mod Podge
  • Tiny flowers

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is super cheap and comes in a variety of bright colors. You can also create a trendy speckled look by using a toothbrush instead of a paintbrush.

Sharpies

Avoid any mess by using Sharpies to decorate your spinners. You can choose plain simple colors or use metallic colors for extra pizzazz!

Coins

You can glue pennies on top of the weights for cardboard spinners. This will help ensure the blades keep rotating and make the spinner last longer.

Spray Paint

Spray paint is a no-fuss decorating method that results in a colorful spinner. Lay out a few pieces of cardboard outside, cover your face, and spray away!

Glitter

Your fidget spinner will be the coolest one on the block when you sprinkle some glitter on the top. Create a trendy unicorn look by using a pale blue, pink, or purple spinner.

Stick-on Gems

Dazzle your friends as you play with your fidget spinner. It’s as easy as adding a few stick-on gems to the blades.

Mod Podge

Are you creating fidget spinners as stocking stuffers? Apply mod podge to the top of wrapping paper and cover the whole thing. You can also use construction paper, magazine cutouts, or newspaper.

Tiny Flowers

Your local craft store will have fake flowers you can purchase for this exact purpose. Choose your favorite style and hot glue them to the top of the cap in the middle.

Be careful not to go overboard with any of these supplies. Your fidget spinner won’t work if the blades are too heavy. Just add a few decorative touches and enjoy!

How to Build a Fidget Spinner Out of LEGOs

Everyone knows the best part about playing with LEGOs is making your own creations. One of those can even be your very own fidget spinner!

Here are the basic pieces you’ll need:


Round Pieces

Plate Pieces

Rod

Bricks

Round piece: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6222#T=C
Plate piece: http://www.brickshop.it/en/6093053-lego-tile-round-2-x-2-with-open-stud.html
Rod: https://www.brickowl.com/catalog/lego-bar-6-with-thick-stop-18274-28921-63965
Bricks: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/92127/how-many-combinations-are-possible-using-6-lego-bricks

You can use any colors you want, as long as the pieces are in these general shapes. Part of the fun in building with LEGOs isn’t necessarily going off a blueprint, but mixing and matching to see what works.

Take inspiration from these LEGO fidget spinners!

Source: Stevens, C. Fidget Spinner Tricks, Hacks, & Mods.

Creation #1

Cara Stevens, author of Fidget Spinner Tricks, Hacks, & Mods, created the fidget spinner pictured here. She then used a hold glue gun to hold it all together.

https://frugalfun4boys.com/build-lego-fidget-spinner/

Creation #2

Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls is a blog ran by a mom and DIY enthusiast named Sarah. This is the LEGO spinner she created for her site.

https://www.doodlecraftblog.com/2017/06/easy-lego-fidget-spinner-toy.html

Creation #3

Natalie Shaw of Doodle Craft made this fun fidget spinner using flower pieces that she had from another LEGO set.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Nr1AgdyvaE&feature=share

Creation #4

A young YouTuber made this version of a LEGO fidget spinner and posted it on his channel. He was very excited to count how many seconds it was able to spin!

Creating LEGO fidget spinners is a great activity for schools, campgrounds, community centers, or as a way to put down the screens at home. It forces kids to think creatively and critically about how to put all those pieces together!

How to Make Fidget Spinners You Can Eat

Is your stomach grumbling from all this fidget spinner fun? Make yourself a little treat that looks like the classic toy!

Cookies

Put a spin on your next baking day with these fidget spinner cookies! You can choose any colors you want for the icing and even add sprinkles if you’re feeling frisky.

Get the full recipe:
https://tasty.co/recipe/fidget-spinner-cookies

These easy-to-make treats are fun for birthday parties, bake sales, and after school snacks. Plus, they taste delicious! All you need to do is download a fidget spinner template and follow these recipes step by step.

How Does a Fidget Spinner Work?

A fidget spinner works thanks to motion, gravity, and force. These are principles that were studied and defined by physicists like Sir Isaac Newton.

Back in the 17th century, Newton came up with 3 basic laws of motion:

Law #1

An object in motion will stay in motion. An object at rest will stay at rest.

Law #2

How fast an object speeds up or slows down is dependent on how much force you use to make it move or stop moving.

Law #3

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

A fidget spinner is a beautiful example of all three of these laws at work. It spins and stays spinning based on how fast you turn it. Once you remove your thumb, finger, (or whatever body part you’re using for balance), the air resistance will eventually be enough to cause the spinner to stop.

The Bottom Line

Whether you use paper, LEGOs, or cupcakes, it’s insanely fun to make your own fidget spinner. Give any of these ideas a whirl the next time you’re looking for a new project!

References

King, D. Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks & Activities. Fox Chapel Publishing: Mount Joy, PA. ©2017.

Stevens, C. Fidget Spinner Tricks, Hacks, & Mods. Hollan Publishing, Inc: New York, NY. ©2017.

Garcia, K. (2017, May 21). DIY Fidget Spinners! 3 Ways to Make a Fidget Spinner Toy! Retrieved from,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWe6WI1SY8s

Instructables. DIY Fidget Spinner Toy. Retrieved from,
https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Make-a-Fidget-Spinner-Toy-Out-of-Cardboard-/

Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. (2017, May 4). How to Build a Fidget Spinner with LEGO Bricks. Retrieved from,
https://frugalfun4boys.com/build-lego-fidget-spinner/

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