5-Minute CRISTA Camps Crafts: Old-Fashioned Fidget Spinner

June 10, 2020

This Old-Fashioned Fidget Spinner is fun to make and use. It’s good for ages 4 and older, with younger kids able to make it if they have some help.

Watch how we make it and then follow the directions below.

Supplies Needed

  • 3 pieces white card stock (you can use colored card stock, too)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • awl (or something sharp to poke holes)
  • markers (washable are totally fine)
  • small bowl to trace
  • twine or string
  • glue stick


  • Trace two circles of the same size on card stock (we used a small, 4-in bowl) and roughly cut it out around (not on) your traced line
  • Color your circles with bright colors and geometric designs
  • Trace the same sized circle on cardboard and cut it out (or use multiple layers of card stock to make it sturdy)
  • Glue your circles to either side of the cardboard circle with the colored sides out
  • Using your awl or sharp scissors (with help), poke two holes in the center of the circle, spaced evenly on either side of the exact center point
  • Thread a 24-in piece of twine through the holes. If the twine feels too long you can trim it. Then tie the ends to create a loop
  • Now for the fun part. Twirl the string in your hands winding it up and then gently tugging on either end to make it spin. It takes practice to get a good spin and keep it from going lopsided. When you get it going, watch how the colors blend and change patterns.

This is the perfect antidote to summer boredom and fidgety fingers!