Recently, fidget spinners have become extremely popular among everyone, especially tweens and teens. While you can buy one pre-made from an online website, they can range in price, some being pretty pricey for what they are! (There are some good deals now that they have become more popular – we like watching new ones pop up on Amazon). You can now make one for less that will work just as good and as a bonus give you something to create on your own.
You can buy bearings or if you have an old skateboard you can disassemble the wheels and use the bearings from there instead.
To begin, you should decide what kind of spinner you want. The two most popular kinds are ones with two bearings for weight and three bearings for weight, but you can put as many as you’d like on the outside as long as it’s balanced. Before you start gluing make sure you have something under everything so that your spinner doesn’t stick to what you’re making it on. Place down the center bearing, then glue each bearing on the outside an equal space away from each other. Make sure you glue them equally around the center bearing as this is how it stays balanced and spins correctly. You can also use nuts instead of bearings on the outside if you don’t have enough bearings or if you’d like it to look different
Once that dries, you’re done. The spinner should spin for a little while, but the time it spins depends on the type of bearings you’re using. Another option you can add if you’d like is a shoelace along the sides for decoration or grip when spinning. There are lots of tutorials online for other ways to make spinners look nicer or easier to use.
This spinner is extremely satisfying and fun to fidget with when bored, while reading or watching a movie. While it doesn’t look the prettiest, it’s a lot cheaper than buying one pre-made. This would make a fun party activity for tweens as well!