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Customizable Fidget Spinner DIY

Fidget spinners are everywhere these days – and it looks like they’re here to stay! With so many options out there, we thought it would be fun to put our own twist on a DIY fidget spinner. Rather than going out and buying one, you (and your kids!) can make a fun craft out of it. The best part is – they’re totally customizable so you can let our imagination run wild with these! Whether you choose your favorite colors, a sports team-inspired theme, or even add logos and characters, the possibilities are truly endless for this addicting toy. Plus, since NuFun’s Shrink With Ink shrinks down into a hard plastic, it gives a much more realistic feel than just using paper or cardboard. Let’s go!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 sheet of NuFun Activities Shrink with Ink Paper
  • Fidget Spinner Template optimized for shrinking, download links here:    pdf version      word version
  • Inkjet printer
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Toothpick
  • 6 dimes (pennies would work, too)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Oven (lots of heat going on here – make sure an adult supervises!)
  • Baking pan
  • Oven mitt
  • Colored pencils or markers, as desired

 

  1. Download the fidget spinner template (links are listed above in both Word and PDF versions)
  2. OPTIONAL: I just used colored pencils to add some creativity to mine, but you can add logos or pictures within the outline if you want them printed. Be sure to avoid the 4 circles within the spinner outline, as those will be covered by the cutout circles.
  3. Print the template.
  4. Carefully cut out the spinner template and 8 smaller circles.
    Cut as closely to the black lines as you can so the pieces line up correctly after shrinking!
  5. Color! I chose some of my favorite colors and decided to do a gradient to create a cool effect. I added swirls onto the circles and big stars in the center pieces! 
  6. Take a hole punch and punch one hole right into the center of the spinner. You should hold both pieces and punch through both at the same time to make sure the holes will line up perfectly for optimal spinning action.
  7. Place all pieces evenly spaced in a baking pan and shrink according to instructions in the Shrink with Ink package.
    1. The oven will be set to 350, and overall it will take about 2 minutes to shrink completely.
    2. The pieces will curl up while shrinking, but don’t worry – they will flatten back out. Take an oven mitt and press them down flat into the pan once finished baking if they haven’t gone completely flat.
    3. Let the pieces cool completely before removing from the pan.
  8. Take your coins and hot glue them into the three outer circles on each side.
  9. Glue the smaller circle cutouts on top of the coins to cover them.
  10. Make sure your two larger pieces are lined up correctly and hot glue their backs together.
  11. Break a toothpick to use in the center (this is what the whole thing will spin on).
    1. It’s not an exact science, mine was about a quarter inch. Anything between a quarter and half an inch should work fine, here’s a photo with mine next to the center circle for a size reference:
  12. Drop a dollop of hot glue onto the back of one of the center pieces, and place your broken toothpick into the center. Wait for this to cool completely.
    NOTE: If you wish, you can skip the center circles completely and just add a few drops of hot glue to each side of the toothpick once it’s in the center of the spinner. This just gives it a little more of a blunt end and makes it more comfortable to hold than grabbing the toothpick without any covering. I think the center circles make for a polished look, but if you want to get spinning sooner you can leave them out!
  13. Place your spinner onto the toothpick through the hole in the middle. It should be sticking out just enough to glue the last piece on top.
  14. Carefully put a small amount of hot glue onto the top of the toothpick, and place your second center circle on top. Allow it to cool.
  15. And you’re done! Enjoy playing with the fidget spinner and showing off its unique qualities (or, enjoy a few moments of relaxation while your kiddos are occupied).

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