Fidget spinners are so popular right now. When I made the last DIY fidget spinner printable and tutorial, I kept thinking how fun it would be if the kids could color and decorate their own fidget spinner.
My kids have LOVED coloring their own fidget spinners, and I bet your kids will too!
As I mentioned in my previous fidget spinner post, there are lots of ways to make fidget spinners. If you don’t have all the supplies I used, you may like these tutorials from Red Ted Art or Draw So Cute. They make their fidget spinners with a toothpick instead of a Q-tip.
There are just so many fun ways to make these little gadgets! I am showing you the best way I have found to make them so that they spin well, are comfortable, and don’t take very long to make (because I hate waiting for glue to dry, haha!) but feel free to experiment making these with things you have on hand. (Example: instead of a Q-tip, maybe you could use a drinking straw, birthday candle, lollipop stick…anything you have around your house!)
These are just so fun! Let’s get started:
Supplies Used: (affiliate links)
- My fidget spinner printable, printed on cardstock (download the printable below)
- 3/4 inch circle punch (optional, used to cut out the circle dots)
- Glue dots (or any other strong, quick-drying craft glue)
- Glue gun
- Jump Rings (not necessary but I have found they help with the spinning; more on this below)
- Small (1/8 inch) hole punch
- Cereal Box
How to make a DIY Fidget Spinner
1. The first thing you will want to do is print the fidget spinner printable on cardstock. Then just cut out the spinner shapes and 5 circle dots.
I used my 3/4 inch circle punch to cut out the circle dots. I love this little tool! The circles come out so clean and it saves a lot of time.
2. Cut out a square piece from a cereal box. Using one of the fidget spinners you just cut out, trace the fidget spinner shape on the cereal box. Then cut that fidget spinner out of the cereal box.
3. Make sure your fidget spinners are lined up with cereal box, then glue the fidget spinner to both sides of the cereal box.
4. Using the 1/8 inch hole punch, punch out a hole where indicated on the printable. In addition, you will need to punch out the center of two circle dots and set them aside. You will use them in a minute.
5. One one side of the fidget spinner, add a glue dot to each of the circles on the fidget spinner. Place a penny on top of the glue dot. (The pennies add weight for momentum while spinning.)
6. Add a glue dot on top of the penny, and place a circle dot on top of the penny. This just makes it look nice and match the reverse side.
7. Cut off one end of a Q-tip.
8. Place the cut-off end of the Q-tip through the center hole, add a jump ring, and then a circle dot that has the center punched out.
You don’t have to use a jump ring, but I have found that they seem to spin longer with it. So if you don’t have jump rings, give it try without them and see what you think. If you are not happy with how they spin, next time try adding the jump ring. 🙂
9. Add a glue dot on top of the cut-off Q-tip and circle dot. This keeps it all together and helps with the next step.
10. Add a big dollop of hot glue right on top of the glue dot that is sitting on the circle dot. This forms a comfortable little “handle” over the q-tip for your fingers while you spin your fidget spinner.
11. Let the hot glue dry for 8-10 minutes. I found that resting it over a cup worked really well.
12. Now you are going to do the same thing to the other side. Cut off the end of the Q-tip. Add a jump ring. Put the circle dot (with the center punched out) on top, then a glue dot.
13. Add a big pile of hot glue to this side let it dry.
Then it’s time to SPIN!!!
These fidget spinners are a huge hit with my kids and our neighbor kids! I hope you get a chance to make them, or your own version of fidget spinners. It’s fun, I promise. 🙂 You may become addicted to making them like we are.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think! If you like this idea, don’t forget to pin it!
You may also like these other fun printables from Teepee Girl:
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