You Will Need ...
  1. retractable pen

  2. super glue or glue dots

  3. glue gun and hot glue

  4. 2 buttons or bottlecaps

  5. paper

  6. scissors

  7. duct tape - cut into thin 1/8" strips

  8. x-acto knife

  9. ruler

  10. 5 washers 1 1/4" in diameter with a 1/2" hole

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Step 1: 

Our spinner is made up of five washers arranged in a triangle.  Lay out four of your washers in that pattern.  Place dots of super glue on the center washer.

Step 2: 

Glue the three washers in the shape of a triangle on top of the center washer.

Step 3: 

Glue the fifth washer on top of the center washer - sandwiching the three washers in the middle.

Step 4: 

Cut out a circlular piece of paper.  Cut a small hole in the center approximately 1/2" in diameter. Set aside for later.

Step 5: 

Our spinner needs an axle.  For this we will be using the piston from a retractable pen.  Take your pen apart and remove the piston - the part you push down to make the pen visible.

Step 6: 

Using your hot glue gun, glue a button on one end of your pen axle.

Step 7: 

You will most likely need to add a little width to your axle in order to have the spinner spin properly.  I do this by adding some duct tape. Slowly add thin strips of duct tape until the axle is the correct width.

Step 8: 

Place your spinner over the axle.

Step 9: 

Lay the piece of paper over the open end of the axle.  This is to prevent any glue from dripping onto the axle or spinner while you glue the second button in place. 

Step 10: 

As you did in Step 7 add some strips of duct tape to the other side of the axle until it is the proper size.

Step 11: 

Carefully wrap the pieces of tape around the axle.

Step 12: 

All done - a handmade fidget spinner

Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Prep Time: 
5 - 10 minutes
1 adult per 10 children