DIY Paper Spinners

Turn cardboard and string into twirly, whirly fun using Crayola Markers and Coloured Pencils. Learn how to make Paper Spinners today!

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  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Coloured Pencils
  • Crayola Glue Stick
  • Crayola Markers
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Circular Object
  • String
  • Cardboard

CIY Staff Tips:

  • You can trace any large circular object you have available; we used an empty coffee tin.
  • Try designing your spinner with other art tools like Crayola Crayons or Crayola Washable Paint!


Step 1

For each Paper Spinner, trace 2 circles around the bottom of a large circular object onto construction paper.

Step 2

Draw designs inside the circles with markers and coloured pencils.

Step 3

Cut out circles with scissors.

Step 4

Place a circle onto a piece of scrap cardboard and trace.

Step 5

Ask an adult to help cut out the cardboard disc.

Step 6

Attach a circle to each side of the cardboard disc with glue stick.

Step 7

Ask an adult to make two holes in the center of the cardboard disc, about 1/2" apart.

Step 8

Cut a piece of string approximately 30” long.

Step 9

Thread string ends through the holes in the cardboard disc. Tie together.

Step 10

Center the disc on the string. Hold the ends and “flip” the disc repeatedly (like a jump rope) to wind up the spinner. Quickly stretch the string to watch it swirl and twirl!

  • Occasion:

    • Summer,

    • Rainy Day Crafts,

    • Winter

  • Age:

    • 6+,

    • 8+

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