Pinterest vs Reality: Fidget Spinner

diy fidget spinner

We’re jumping on the bandwagon and attempting to make our own fidget spinners. You can find the pin here (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/103934703883002122/) or the original video here (http://www.redtedart.com/easy-fidget-spinner-diy-free-template/)

  1. Trace and cut out fidget spinner pattern. I had to trace out a shape that is larger than the suggested template since I was using buttons rather than pennies.
  2. CAREFULLY attach one penny to each end of the spinner using a small dot of glue. Let dry.
  3. Trace a penny to make two circles on a new piece of cardboard. Cut out circles.
  4. CAREFULLY use a nail or needle to make a small hole in the center of the spinner. The hole should be big enough to fit the toothpick through.  The toothpick should be slightly loose within the circle so the spinner will spin easily.
  5. Use a nail or needle to make a small hole in the center of each of the small circles. These will be your holders.
  6. Cut the end of the toothpick off and push through a small circle until the end of the toothpick is flush with the circle. Add a tiny drop of glue to keep in place. Let dry.
  7. Push toothpick through the spinner. Push the toothpick through the second circle. Cut off extra toothpick and add a tiny drop of glue to keep in place. Let dry.

Note: Allow at least 2 minutes to make sure it’s COMPLETELY dry.  This will prevent things from sliding or moving.

Hot glue and buttons worked for us! We just had to make sure that the holes for the toothpick were wide enough in the spinning piece to allow the cardboard to turn. We also used heavy cardboard from a box, so we recommend being very careful when you cut through the thick cardboard.fidget spinner

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