Fidget spinners are all the rage right now.
I first learned about them a few weeks ago when we spotted them at a yard sale. They seemed expensive for a plastic triangle and when I asked my girls what they do, they said they spin.
“They spin? That’s it’s?” Yep, that’s it. And my girls told me that everyone had one.
Well, that started my fidget spinner fascination. Once I looked around, I saw that they truly were everywhere.
Even on You Tube, you can find DIY fidget spinners made from dry ice, legos, and water bottle caps. The tutorials I found most helpful for my own fidget spinners were the ones made by RedTedArt and DrawSoCute.
My girls have loved my fidget spinner journey. They have watched me make a least a dozen fidget spinners in the last week. They have taken them to school and have not held back their opinions. Thankfully, they love these finished fidget spinners.
I have tried lots of techniques, but this post shows the best way that I have found to make these quickly and get them to really spin.
And I also made a little video showing you how I made my fidget spinners. You get to see me in all my un-manicured diy glory in my first ever video tutorial! 😉
These DIY fidget spinners are so easy to make!
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 star circles)
- 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 star circles.
I used my 3/4 inch circle punch to cut out the star circles. I love this little tool! The circles come out so clean and it saves a lot of time.
Also, please note that there are more star circles on the printable than you need. I just wanted to make sure you had enough if you like one color over another. Because I’m weird like that.
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 star circles 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 stars on the fidget spinner. Place a penny on top of the glue dot.
6. Add a glue dot on top of the penny, and place a star circle 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 star circle 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 star 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 star circle. 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 star circle (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 are so fun to make with the kids. But I freely admit that I use them a lot too. I now understand why fidget spinners are a thing. 🙂
Leave a comment and let me know what you think! If you like this idea, don’t forget to pin it!
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