In this instructable i am going to show you how to make a simple but entertaining spin art machine that's a great activity for children (and adults to be honest)
I saw this being done in a workshop using a small motor and lego. I have tried to make a simple, cheap and cheerful version
The machine itself takes about 5 mins to make and all the components can be bout in a pound shop.
Step 1: What You Need
To make the machine...
A battery operated fan (can be done with various styles)
Some scrap corrugated cardboard
You can also use glue dots for added support but if its taped well you wont need it
and PLENTY OF BATTERIES
For the activity...
Step 2: Making the Machine
In this case the fan came with a spray bottle so i got rid of that then i took off the fan blades.
Trim down the the cardboard to be a base and add some to cardboard to make the spinning part of the fan is horizontal. I used a glue dot here to keep it in place.
I've shown a couple of variations with different fan types. The first one the batteries go in at the bottom so its easy access. The second one its a panel at the back so the tape has to be ct to get in to it.
and that's it.
Step 3: To Do the Activity
Cut your paper plate down as it helps reduce the weight and drag on the fan.
Place a bit of Blu-Tac on the spinning bit of the fan and attache the plate in the center glossy side up (helps with pens)
Turn on the machine and lightly press the pen on the plate as it spins. you can move it out as it spins it creates lovely spirals or concentrate on one are to create heavier circles.
Things to note:
As you get further from the center the plate will "flap" a bit.
When it stops you may have gaps but as you can see from the video it looks lovely while its spinning.
I hope you enjoyed this and as always thoughts comments and criticisms welcome.