Buttons serve an important wardrobe function.  Although they can be found in interesting places, the life of a button is probably boring to the button.  This is a way for the button to have a bit of fun and reach speeds unknown to most buttons.

This simple toy has been around more than two and a half thousand years.  Easy to make and fun to play with.  They have been known by different names;  button whirligig, string button toy, button spinner, buzzers, and now.....THE SPINNING BUTTON OF CHAOS!

Step 1: Tools

Picture of Tools
You will be using strong string.  Teeth would do, but you only have the one set, and you should take care of them.  Scissors or a knife will work best.
sageserver3 years ago
take a metal bottle cap. smash it flat. nail two holes in it. string it. and fight with your friends who could cut there opponents string first.
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  sageserver3 years ago
How did we survive our childhood?

I fought with chains and hammers, I have no idea.

deadairman2 years ago
ah, childhood memories -- of the noise this thing would make when you would sneak up to a neighbor's bathroom window, at night (seeing that the neighbor was sitting on the 'throne') and let this toy loose on the glass window. Great instructable.
rickyspears3 years ago
This was one of my favorite toys as a child. I spent countless hours playing with it but never fully appreciated the physics of it all. Thanks for the reminder!
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  rickyspears3 years ago
We both probably didn't appreciate that our mom was making them for us to keep us out of their hair so they could sew.
Kiteman3 years ago
That's a nice description of a traditional toy.

(I love the noise these things make)
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Thanks. This is one of those things that jars your brain back to your childhood. If you look at the first picture, you can see the vibrations in the string.