How To Make a Fidget Spinner

Let’s make a fidget spinner! Fidget spinners are the latest fad, but you don’t have to buy one. We are going to show you how to make a new fidget spinner with just a few craft supplies because making your own fidget spinner is a simple craft that works well for older kids and adults!

How to Make a Fidget Spinner - make your own DIY fidget spinner craft - fingers holding spinning spinner shown with rainbow colors
Let’s make a DIY fidget spinner craft!

DIY Fidget Spinners

The best thing about this DIY project is that your kids can customize a fidget toy to make cool fidget spinners that no one else has!

Related: Make our favorite DIY fidget toys

Fidget spinners started being popular in 2017 although you can find similar fidget toys as far back as the early 1990s.

What is a Fidget Spinner?

fidget spinner is a toy that consists of a ball bearing in the center of a multi-lobed (typically two or three) flat structure made from metal or plastic designed to spin along its axis with very little effort.

Wikipedia

Who Invented the Fidget Spinner?

Catherine Hettinger invented the fidget spinner and took it to Hasbro. She was confident that this calming toy would be a big hit, but Hasbro didn’t agree. Despite how popular fidget spinners became years later, Catherine has not been able to capitalize on her invention.

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How to Make a Fidget Spinner

The supplies you will need to make a homemade fidget spinner are pretty simple except you will need a skate bearing. This is important because you want a mechanism which spins as freely as possible and we found that a skate bearing is easy to find, inexpensive and the perfect way to create a super functional DIY fidget spinner.

Short DIY Fidget Spinner Tutorial Video

Supplies Needed to Make a DIY Fidget Spinner

Fidget Spinner Instructions - step by step starting with cutting the craft sticks to gluing the skate bearing in place.
Follow these simple step tutorials to make your own fidget spinner!

Instructions How to Make a Fidget Spinner

Step 1 – Homemade Fidget Spinner Craft

Cut two of the craft sticks in half lengthwise — you’ll need three of the halved sticks. We are using the very short craft sticks. Obviously if you only have the longer craft sticks, you can cut them to a length of 2.6 inches.

Note: Several other fidget spinner tutorials online have a printable template, but you do not need one when you are starting with three uniform popsicle stick sides like you are with this tutorial.

Step 2 – Customize Your Fidget Spinner

Now it’s time to decorate the sticks which will form the side of the spinner. This is where your kids can get really creative to make the custom spinner their own. They can paint the sticks, color on them, or cover them in duct tape like we did.

Using Duct Tape to Decorate the Fidget Spinner

  1. Tear off some duct tape and place the craft sticks onto the sticky side.
  2. Place another piece of duct tape over the other side of the craft sticks to cover them.
  3. Press around the edges to seal them in, then cut around them to release them from the duct tape.

Step 3 – Glue Fidget Spinner Parts Together

Glue the craft sticks together to form a triangle. Place the skate bearing in the center and tighten the triangle until the bearing is held in place. Secure each joint with a clothespin while the glue hardens.

How to Make Fidget Spinner craft - three completed homemade fidget spinners shown - one with checker board tape, one decorated with rainbow tie dye tape and one with multi-color hearts
I love the checkerboard homemade fidget spinner craft design!

Step 4 – Add Skate Bearings

Turn your fidget spinner over to the bottom of the spinner and apply glue where the skate bearing meets each craft stick. Allow to harden.

Add Weight to Fidget Spinner craft - washers glued to each corner with fingers placing them properly
If you want your fidget spinner to spin faster, add some weight!

Now, your fidget spinner will spin, but to make it go faster and longer, we’ll need to add some weight.

Step 5 – Add Weight to Fidget Spinner

Glue washers onto each of the corners of the triangle. Allow glue to harden, and your fidget spinner is ready!

How to Make Fidget Spinners - final image of fidget spinner craft in action spinning with rainbow colors - Kids Activities Blog
Look at your DIY fidget spinner…spin!

Step 6 – Spin Your Homemade Fidget Spinner

Now spin your homemade fidget spinner!

It will make you want to make another one…and another one.

Yield: 1 fidget spinner

DIY Fidget Spinner

DIY Fidget Spinner for Kids to Make at Home

Making your own fidget spinner is not only a really fun craft project for all ages, but the results are an awesome toy...for all ages! Creating a fidget spinner from scratch allows you to choose the colors and patterns so that you truly have your own customized fidget spinner.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Skate bearing
  • 1-inch by 2.6-inch craft sticks
  • Duct tape, paint or other decoration
  • M10 flat washers
  • E6000 clear glue

Tools

  • Clothespins
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut 2 craft sticks in half - you need 3 halves
  2. Decorate the sticks with duct tape, paint, markers or whatever you desire
  3. Glue craft sticks together on the ends to create a triangle, while the glue is still wet continue to next step...
  4. Place the skate bearing in the center and push the crafts toward the skate bearing to hold it in place
  5. Once you have the craft sticks where it will hold the skate bearing, use the clothes pins to hold it in place while the glue dries
  6. Add a little glue to the middle of each craft stick at the skate bearing to further re-enforce keeping the bearing secure in the middle
  7. To make a fidget spinner that goes faster and spins for a longer time, add weight to the triangle corners - we used washers and glued them in place

Favorite Fidget Spinners You Can Buy

Don’t have time to make your own fidget spinners? Here are some you can grab online right now:

Fidget Spinners As a Sensory Tool

I have known about fidget spinners from the early popularity because it quickly became an effective sensory tool in our house. Use of fidget spinners by kids and adults as a great tool to help expend nervous energy allowing greater concentration is on the rise. The repetitive motion created by centrifugal forces is mesmerizing. That is why it is common to see one on anyone’s desk…no matter their age!

It is also why I love the idea of making a homemade fidget spinner that can be customized. Theses simple figet spinners make great gifts! And they are really fun to make and give or trade to friends. We have seen really fun science fair projects created around hand spinners and they are an easy way to integrate fabulous STEAM activities into summer camps, homeschool, classroom and other youth programs.

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What color did you make your homemade fidget spinner? Did your wiggly kids enjoy the project {giggle}?

15 Comments

  1. Julie Bullock says:

    Fidget spinners have been nothing but a distraction in my classroom. Students who don’t need a fidget are using them as toys and those who do need a fidget are not helped by constantly watching their spinner. If you are a parent, please consider whether your child truly needs a fidget to help concentrate. If you think the answer is yes, please do not provide them with a spinner.

  2. Dwight Frye says:

    “If you think the answer is yes, please do not provide them with a spinner.”

    So….whether the answer is yes or no, the parent shouldn’t let their children get a spinner? Ok… what would you suggest?

  3. just like f*ck u all and accept spinners. k?

  4. Where does one get the center of the spinner? It appears to have the word ‘BONES’ printed on it, and it is made in China. It is not listed on the materials list, nor is there a link to this item….??

  5. my child needs some self soothing instruments for school but the instance i saw these spinners i new they would be far more distracting then help and he even agrees- although a very cool toy…. we use a stress ball or fill a balloon with cornstarch to make our own stress ball, or a very smooth rock that they can rub

  6. Is there an easier way to do this??? ;-;

  7. fidget spinners are good things so i would give my child one they help 90% of the people who buy them they help my child get better grades. he really sucks at school and are really cool I want one even so buy you’re kids frickin fidget spinners or else. >:

  8. @Nina the middle is the skate bearing on the materials list 🙂 they have them on amazon. hope this helps

  9. Paul Priems says:

    You’ll need to degrease the bearing first or they won’t spin very well

  10. Jen Shetler says:

    Can you use hot glue to put the washer on?

  11. Jen Shetler says:

    How do you degrease them?

  12. where can i buy the core of the fidget spinner because it is not easy for me to find such item. Can you suggest please?

  13. Every time I wanted to make this for my kid. Thanks for making this for me. 🙂

  14. Hi! I have looked in Michaels, hobby lobby, and amazon for the 1″ x 2.6″ craft sticks with no luck. Where do you get them?

  15. You can buy them at Joan’s fabric store and crafts

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