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DIY @ Home Craft: Colored Paper Spinners

colored paper spinners

May 6, 2020

If you're looking for a colorful way to occupy your time, you can craft your own homemade toy that encompass elements of both art and science!

Supplies needed:

  • Printed template of circles
  • String (ribbon or twine can also be used)
  • Thin cardboard or heavy cardstock
  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  1. Cut a string to a length of 15 inches. Set aside for later.
  2. Print out the template of circles. Using crayons, markers or colored pencils, draw an artistic design of your choosing on each circle. The design can be the same on both circles or different - the choice is yours!
  3. Cut out each of the circles. Use a scissors to cut out or puncture the two black dots in the center of each circle. 
  4. Use one of your cut-out circles as a template and trace another circle around a piece of cardboard or heavy cardstock (including tracing the two dots in the center of the circle). Cut the circle out of the cardboard and use a scissors to puncture the two dots in the center. 
  5. Line up your three circles, with the cardboard one sandwiches in between the two paper ones. Lay the first circle down with the blank side facing up, place the cardboard circle in the center, then lay the other paper circle on top, with the design side facing up. Make sure the two cut-out dots in the center of each circle all line up.
  6. Glue or tape all three circles together.
  7. Thread your string through the punctured hole on the right. Once it is completely threaded through, thread it through the left punctured hole. Tie the two ends of the string together in a knot. Pull the circle into the center of the string.
  8. Take the string in both of your hands. Wind it up by using your right hand to spin it until the string is taught, then pull outward on both sides and watch the colors merge together as it spins! Watch your spinner come to life as the colors of your design start to blend!

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