How to Make a Spinning Wheel Out of Cardboard

Have you ever wanted how to make a spinning wheel out of cardboard? This article will show you how! All you need is some cardboard, scissors, glue, and string. After reading this article, it will be easy for anyone to make their own gift or decoration. 

There are lots of pictures on the internet that can help with the process too. So if you’re looking for more information about making a spinning wheel out of cardboard, then keep on reading!

How to Make a Spinning Wheel Out of Cardboard

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Step by Step Guide: How to Make a Spinning Wheel Out of Cardboard 

Step 1: Draw the Spin Pattern on the Cardboard

First, you need to draw a pattern on your cardboard. The easiest way is to make two circles that are touching. Then, make lines coming out of the circles for about an inch or more. Make sure they are not too far apart from each other. You can make them as long or short as you want.

Step 2: Cut the Cardboard and Make Ridges

Cut out the pattern from your cardboard. Be careful not to cut yourself on the edges of the cardboard because they can be sharp. Once you have it cut out, use the ridges to connect them. This will make the spin pattern stay in place.

Step 3: Punch Holes on the Edges of the Cardboard

Next, you need to cut some holes along the edges of your cardboard for the string to tie around. It doesn’t matter what size hole you punch, just as long as you’re able to tie a string around it and it’s not too tight or loose.

Step 4: Tie String Around the Holes and Tighten

Now that you have punched holes along the edges of your cardboard, it’s time to tie a string around them. First, put glue on the end of the string, so it sticks to one side. Then, twirl it around until it makes a circle. Do this with all of the holes. Once they are all tied together, tighten them until they are all firm and hold together well.

Step 5: Make a Table or Stand to Support Your Spin Pattern

Make a Table or Stand to Support Your Spin Pattern

Finally, it would be best to make a stand for your spin pattern to sit on top of it. But, again, you can use almost anything as long as it’s stable and able to support your spin pattern. It’s also a good idea to use something that won’t cause damage or mess up your spin pattern and string.

Some Things to Consider:

1. The center of the wheel should be cut out in a circular shape, and then it is advisable to round off the corners so that they don’t create bumps.

2. It can be difficult to line up all of the cuts for maximum efficiency. If you plan on using your new homemade spinner, you may wish to skip ahead an extra step and use an additional piece of cardboard to create a separate base that will make it easier to align the pieces.

3. If you are using this spinner for your fidget spinner, be sure not to cut too deep when creating small holes for the bearings.

4. This homemade spinning wheel is rather large in scale, so it may not be the best option for smaller fingers.

5. Be creative! By adding your own unique spin to this device, you can make it your own and possibly even improve its function, for example, unity. For example, you can try cutting out a design in the center of the wheel, or you can use it as a template for creating your own spinner from materials such as wood.

How Do You Make a Spinning Wheel With String?

It is straightforward to make a spinning wheel. The thing you need first is a place where you can drill, scissors, and string. Then, to make it work, you need a pencil or something roughly the size of a pencil. So first, find the cardboard center by folding it in half and finding where the creases cross. Then take your scissors and cut out one side of the middle circle just big enough for your pencil or stick to fit through.

Next, you need to put the pencil through the center and try to balance it. This spinning wheel isn’t going actually to go anywhere but just kind of wobble its way across your desk, so don’t worry too much about balancing finely.

Once you’ve balanced the pencil, take the other end of the string and tie it to some stationary object or have someone hold it for you. Then try spinning the pencil so that there is enough tension on the string to keep it straight while still being loose enough to allow some give when you pull on one side of the string.

What are the Different Spin Patterns Used for?

What are the Different Spin Patterns Used for

The most common types of spin patterns are called “Turks Heads.” They are trendy to make because there are several ways you can change them. Another thing is that they have different uses, so you can pick whichever one you like. For example, one use is for decoration, and the other is to make a person/doll sit on it. They can also make an animal walk or run; it depends on how you set up the spinner itself.

It depends on how you put together your Turk’s Head pattern to what it will be capable of doing. For example, the more complex use of the Turks Head is making an entire tableau with it, where people can sit around and play cards or other games on the table; again, depending on how many times you go around the spinner.


The cardboard spinning wheel is a fun and easy project that you can do with your kids. The benefits of this project are endless, not to mention it’s free! You will need cardboard boxes, scissors or a box cutter, glue gun, felt (optional), and marker. All you have to do now is cut the top off one box and line up two more on either side before cutting them down as well.

Cover the edges in glue for an extra secure bond. Place the first piece inside of another, so they form a triangle shape; use tape if needed to keep everything together tightly while drying overnight to create stability for when it spins around wildly later on after adding string as its axle.

If you follow the steps laid out in this article, you should now know how to make a spinning wheel out of cardboard! Let us know if that was helpful.

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