Introduction: Spin Art Turbine Remix Project

If you are interested in spin art, there is a problem and that problem is you must hold the drill with one hand while you paint with the other.

This can be annoying at times, but I feel I have found the solution with this simple turbine you can create.


For this project you will need

  • Hot glue gun
  • Soldering iron with solder
  • 4 M-M wires
  • 5V DC motor
  • basic switch
  • 3" by 20" cardboard
  • tape
  • battery
  • battery pack (optional)

Step 1: Assembling the Structure

First you are going to want to get your cardboard and cut it horizontally (Not all the way through!!!) at 6 in away, then 8 inches from your first cut, and then another 6 inches away from you last cut.

When you are finished you should be able to bend a perfect triangle.

Tape this at the top so it stays in its shape.

Grab your hot glue gun and fill in the rest of the crack so the triangle stays together.

Step 2: Assembling the Circuit

To assemble the circuit you are going to want to get your 5V DC motor and attach two M-M wires for the positive and negative leads.

Once you have soldered these on, you should attach them to the switch with the negative being the middle lead and the positive attached to one of the outside leads.

Then add two more wires, one connected to the positive and one connected to the negative.

(This may have been confusing and hard to follow so look at the above pictures to hopefully resolve these issues.)

Connect the DC motor to the seam of hot glue at the top of the triangle and make a hole in the side of the triangle to push the switch through.

Push the switch through the hot glue the switch to the hole in the triangle to ensure it does not come out.

If you would like to have a battery pack, connect the M-M wires without connection to a battery pack to make power source connection more efficient.

Step 3: How to Make Art

Now that you have finished the turbine you can cut out a circle of cardboard and poke a hole through the middle.

Attach the circle onto the turbine and flip the switch on.

The circle should start spinning where you can flick paint at the spinning disk to make cool designs.

There are other designs as well, I have only done one but you can try other ideas or make bigger projects.

To make a bigger project, one thing you can do is make a better infrastructure with a larger motor and a wooden frame for better sturdiness.

Step 4: Remix Contest Resources and Info

I have made this project for the remix contest and have chosen to do a remix off of Zach Sousa's project which you can find at

I chose this too simplify it and make it easier with at home items.

Remix Contest

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