Homemade Spin Art Machine




Spin Art Machines have been around for a while and I have seen them at craft shows for years.

You could buy a Spin Art machine for anywhere from $12 to $282 depending on the size and quality of the machine.

If you have a spare box fan and some card board, you can make your own at home for pennies on the dollar!

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Step 1: Acquire Supplies

1. Box Fan - any size (16", 20", etc) : http://www.walmart.com/ip/Galaxy-20-Box-Fan-4733/10553592?findingMethod=rr

2. Corrugated Cardboard - I used the cardboard from a Husky air compressor cardboard box. Should be stiff

3. Chipboard - The size of the chipboard sheets depends on the size of the cardboard base cutout above. Use small chipboard sheets from Michaels or other craft store.

4. Push pins - Holds the chip board during spinning to the cardboard

5. Acrylic Paint

6. Mustard and / or Plastic Ketchup Bottles - Used to squirt paint onto spinning canvas (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=ketchup+bottles&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=2210169627730432471&sa=X&ei=DvW8T5D3HoOpgweSx-H3Dg&ved=0COcBEPMCMAA)

7. Small screws - for attaching cardboard base to fan

8. Phillips screwdriver or Drill with phillips drill bit

9. Large cardboard box - to catch overspray

Step 2: Remove Front and Back Fan Grills

Remove the front and back fan grills using a small phillips screwdriver and discard into trash.

Step 3: Cut Fan Blades

Using a dremel or other similar tool, slice existing fan blades from unit. Discard blades into trash. It's ok if you have a little excess "stump" from the blades.

Step 4: Cut 8" X 8" Cardboard Base

Using corrugated cardboard, cut approximately 8" x 8" and ensure it fits on top of white, circular disc in fan.

Step 5: Attach Cardboard Base to Fan

Using at least 4 small metal screws, attach cardboard base to fan. If screws are too long and fan does not spin, then you need to use smaller screws. You may have to use trial / error here. I noticed that in some spots, I could not drill into because it prevented the fan from spinning. Back out screw and try a new location.

Step 6: Test Machine!



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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I set one of these up as a Middle School Art Teacher for my students after another teacher had a box fan fall out of a window and couldnt be used anymore but still worked. The kids LOVED it of course, the tricky part was getting the cardboard and paper to not come loose while it spun.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Using a smaller fan, such as a desk fan with lower RPM's, is best for more control and less over spray. Also i suggest mounting it to a piece of plywood and setting it inside of the box with a slit in 1 corner to allow cords to come in and out easily for cleanup and removal to put away. I also used a piece of acrylic and Gorilla glued it onto my fans motor. using office clips and a piece of acrylic the size of office paper (but square to be more evenly balanced) you can then use standard office printer paper as your surface. Kids love making them and its fun and easily cleaned up. Just toss the box out and clean the fans surface acrylic and your basically done!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Step 4 Is it necessary to have several layers of the cardboard to affix to the fan? If so how many? Am I to guess the instruction meant to say 8-8"x8" cardboard pieces. If so what do I use to adhere layers of cardboard to each other. Instructions could have been a little clearer.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Show some videos. This looks like a blast for kids. Very cool idea.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    cool! i could make a mini one of these and it will help me with art homework