Introduction: Duct Tape Spinner Fidget Toy

Hi,

Spinner toys are nothing new and have been covered by other great instructablers such as Kenyer and akn1, but most of the how to's use hot glue which is nice and easy but tend to break easily or a 3d printer which not everyone has access to. I wanted to make a hand spinner that anyone could make, So in this instructable I'm going to show you how to make one using duct tape. its a lot more robust than hot glue and with there being a multitude of different colours of duct tape available you can make them nice and bright.

Its a cheap and easy instructable with most of the parts easy to come by

Lets get started...

Step 1: What You'll Need

Materials

3 marbles

1 clean skate or skateboard bearing. I got this one from a local skate shop it was old but still span.

Duct tape

Tools

Craft knife

Cutting mat

Ruler

Step 2: Cutting the Tape

Lightly place a length of duct tape roughly 3 inches long on your cutting mat, you dont want it to stick to it too much

Using your bearing to measure the width of the strip use your craft knife and ruller to cut a thin strip roughly the same width as the bearing.

Repeat this to make at least 6 strips.

Step 3: Attaching the Marbles

This part can be a bit tricky.

Take a strip of duct tape and place the marble in the center so there are to lengths at eather side

Attache these two lengths to the bearing.

Take another strip of ductape and wrap it around the bottom of the marble.

Repeat this for the other two marbles.

You want to position the marbles to form a triangle around the bearing.

You may want to and an extra strip of duct tape around the whole fidget toy

Step 4: Finished

and you're done!

I hope you enjoyed this instructable and as always thoughts/comments/criticisms and even pictures of your own Spinner Fidget Toys are welcome in the comments below :)

Comments

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pnaraya4 made it! (author)2017-08-16

I used bottle cap, since I am trying to make it in bulk for children.

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random_builder (author)2017-02-02

These look better than a fidget cube!

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Thank you :) but i still wouldn't say no to a fidget cube, they do look pretty cool

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Yeah, fidget cubes look better, but this looks way easier to make than a cube. I would make this but I don't have bearings for it and don't want to spend much on some.

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you can get them really cheap new online (ebay) or do what i did just ask in your local skate store if they have any old ones that they were going to throw out :)

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I finally got a bearing! I will make this, and when I am done, I will show you how it looks. Thanks in advance! :)

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I don't really want to but one, so I probably won't make this right away. Maybe later....

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jason hamilotn (author)2017-05-10

what kind of ammo casing are you talking about? I know my weapons so it will be good for me.

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As bbanks5 said, She's not a gun person and I am afraid neither am I. you may have to just experiment with a few and see what you can make :)

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bbanks5 (author)2017-05-10

I fell in love with the oven bake clay version and the batman version. THEN I saw this one and OH MY! I may have to make one to match every outfit! There are so MANY decorative duct tapes on the market!

Also: BB's are the basis for bearings...so anything that can encase them and keep them in line will be a suitable adaptation in place of buying the "ready made" set. Just saying for the sake of others... :D A sewing machine bobbin may even work!

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Barry Neeson (author)bbanks52017-05-13

Duct tape is the best invention since sliced bread :)

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jason hamilotn (author)2017-05-02

what can I use if I don't have a bearing?

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I would imagine anything that has an outer spinning piece but a stationary inner piece

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like what? give me some things that i can use?

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bbanks5 (author)jason hamilotn2017-05-10

jason hamilton ~ Here's an idea: Why not use ammo casings? I'm not a gun person so I can't say sizes. One that fit's inside another. Make sure there's enough spacing between the two to add BB's! Then use pliers to fold out the rim of the inner casing to the outer casing enclosing the BB's. It should turn just fine. Many shell casings can be cut with pipe cutters or even tin snips. You can even use a flanging tool to spread out the inner casing to size, thereby encasing the BB's. Use rocks for weights. Those are about as cheap as you can get! Use three rocks about the same size. Should work just fine!

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Barry Neeson (author)bbanks52017-05-13

:) cool idea with the ammo casings

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jason hamilotn (author)2017-05-02

what is a good substitution for the marbles if I don't have some?

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A couple of other members have posted some comments about things they used as an alternative to marbles

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kshultis (author)jason hamilotn2017-05-06

did you loose them? :P

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jason hamilotn (author)2017-05-02

how much are bearings at Walmart?

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Being based in Scotland i have no idea as we dont have walmart but bearings are easy to source online and are pretty cheap

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jason hamilotn (author)2017-05-02

can I use 2 batteries instead of a bearing?

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I dont see it working but by all means give it a try :)

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jason hamilotn (author)2017-05-02

can I use remote control bearings?

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As i said below as long as there is a stationary inner piece and a rotating outer i dont see why not :)

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plutonium21 (author)2017-04-15

well done!!

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Barry Neeson (author)plutonium212017-05-09

Thank you (sorry instructables hadn't notified me about any comments and i am just catching up to them )

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jaydenic0205 (author)2017-03-30

what can i use besides marbles?

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Pretty much anything that gives a bit of weight to help it spin, Ayaali below gave some good ideas as did Alxndra who used different types of stones:)

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ayaali (author)jaydenic02052017-03-31

pennies

Dimes

nickles

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jason hamilotn (author)2017-05-08

no

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jason hamilotn (author)2017-05-02

what can I use if I don't have a bearing?

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kariswg1 (author)2017-02-26

I just ordered some bearings from eBay....I just gotta make some of these...Thanks!!!!!

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Barry Neeson (author)kariswg12017-03-23

Thats great :)

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12383052 (author)2017-03-22

I made this toy because it was cheap and in school I get very annoying so I need something to fiddle with. Now because of this toy I can fidget and have my attention captured.

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Barry Neeson (author)123830522017-03-23

I am glad to hear it and glad it helped :)

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Alxndra made it! (author)2017-03-19

I made the first one using larger beads from jewelry i had lying around, then once i was sure how to make it well I took it apart & made a new one using a Tiger's Eye stone, a Pyrite (fool's gold) stone & a pink/red stone to which i don't know the proper name. The final product isn't very pretty buy i choose stones of different weights so add to the way it spins around. I'm so happy using this for a fidget instead of using brand Silly Putty :P
Thank you so much for this Inscrutable & I'm definitely following for more fun crafts

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Barry Neeson (author)Alxndra2017-03-23

That looks great, glad the instructable was of help

tigers eye promotes self confidence dosn't it?

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Mu600903 (author)2017-02-24

I see kids at school with these and now i can have one

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Barry Neeson (author)Mu6009032017-02-25

Glad to hear it :)

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SteelLegJ (author)2017-02-05

that's a pretty cool idea

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Barry Neeson (author)SteelLegJ2017-02-21

Thank you

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DennisO22 (author)2017-02-02

Just one thing to be careful of. Do not put your finger through the bearing centre. If the bearing seizes during spinning your finger could be SERIOUSLY damaged. This is not a criticism, just a bit of advice.

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Barry Neeson (author)DennisO222017-02-03

Thanks for the warning :) the bearings i am using here are small with not much space to get a finger in there

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Drew6J (author)2017-02-01

Would clear packing tape work instead of the duct tape? Planning on making one. Awesome instructable!

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Barry Neeson (author)Drew6J2017-02-02

You could give it a try, my wrory is that it wouldn't be pliable enough and would snap when it came to wrapping the tape around the bottom of the marble.

If it works please let me know though :)

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My "worry" even

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camalo171 made it! (author)2017-01-31

made it. it was simple and awesome

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Barry Neeson (author)camalo1712017-02-01

Excellent :)

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mrsmerwin (author)2017-01-31

You could almost make this during a boring class and them use it during the same boring class. Assuming you had a pocket full of supplies. Of course if the class was very long, you may be making them for the other students.

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