The Independent’s journalism is supported by our readers. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission.

What is a fidget spinner and how to make one

Why not jump on the 2017 bandwagon while getting creative

Why not try a carboard alternative that may be safer for your children
Why not try a carboard alternative that may be safer for your children

If you haven’t come across fidget spinners over the last year or so, then you’ve probably been living under a rock or somewhere remote without access to the Internet.

The toy has become so popular that many of the best-selling toys on Amazon are fidget spinners or their squarish sibling, the fidget cube.

Even the New York Times has tried to deconstruct the overnight meteoric rise of a gadget that has been around for years.

What is a fidget spinner?

For those uninitiated in the world of fidget spinners, they are small devices that fit in your hand and can be spun to your heart’s content.

They are made up of a central bearing that you grip with your index finger and thumb, and a three-pronged rotational blade that spins around it once you give it a flick with your free hand.

The highly addictive toy has been lauded as a way for young people to manage anxiety and ADHD (although this has been disputed by experts).

People have even started doing tricks with them, from balancing them on fingers, toes and noses to stacking them together to create enormous, dazzling spinning towers.

DIY fidget spinner

If you are too impatient to buy a fidget spinner, or simply want to get creative, here’s how to getting spinning right away by making your own DIY version.

Arts and crafts blog, Red Ted Art, has come up with an easy way of making your own fidget spinners with basic materials.

For this method, you just need some cardboard, a toothpick, two or three penny coins, a glue stick and PVA glue, some scissors and a pin.

The blog has even made its own free templates for fidget spinners, so you can just cut it out and get the perfect shape. Here is a step-by-step guide to make a basic fidget spinner

  1. Draw round your template twice onto card and cut the two shapes
  2. Glue the two shapes together using a glue stick
  3. Poke a hole in the centre of the shape using a pin
  4. Make the hole bigger using the end of the scissors so that the toothpick fits loosely
  5. Glue a coin at each end of the shape with the PVA glue
  6. While the glue is drying, draw round a penny on cardboard twice and cut out two circles
  7. Poke a hole in the centre of one of the circles and make the hole bigger, but this time tight enough so the toothpick sticks
  8. Put the toothpick in the hole so it just about poking through and glue it in place
  9. Once the glue has dried, pass the other end of the toothpick through the largest shape and the second circle. There should now be a circle on either side of the spinner
  10. Push the two circles together so there is a small gap on either side of the spinner. It should be able to spin uninterrupted
  11. Add a blob of PVA glue around the hole on the top and bottom of the spinner
  12. Once all the glue is dry, chop the toothpick off as close to the cardboard circle as possible

More sophisticated spinners can be made at home using ball bearings, which reduce fiction so it spins faster, so if you’re feeling more confident, then take your DIY fidget spinning game to the next level.

This article has been updated. It was originally published in December 2017.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in