It just occurred to me that way before these fidget spinners were all the rage, I had already invented a miniature (and wearable) version of one. (I’m not NOT taking credit here…)
I made this craft for the SKY chapter of my second book, Project Kid: Crafts that Go as a propeller ring, but when I was scrolling through pics just recently, I realized that yes, indeed, I “invented” the fidget spinner in jewelry form. Back pat, back pat.
To make your own, you’ll need the template and just a few basic items. Here’s the how-to…
• Markers or colored pencils
• 1⁄4-inch hole punch
• 24-gauge wire
• Wire cutters
• Needle-nose pliers
• 1 small bead
- Download and print the propeller template. Cut it out and trace it onto the Shrinky Dinks paper. Color the propeller and cut it out. Punch a hole in the center.
- Bake in the oven according to package directions. Let cool.
- Have an adult cut a 4-inch piece of wire with wire cutters and twist it around the child’s finger, using needle-nose pliers to hold the end of the wire while wrapping. (Don’t twist too tight; you want to be able to slip the ring on and off.) Leave a .-inch twisted point.
- Slip the propeller on top of the wire point, and then have an adult glue the bead onto the wire point with E-6000 glue. Let dry, about 20 minutes. Have an adult trim any excess wire.
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Excerpted from Project Kid: Crafts that Go! by Amanda Kingloff (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2016. Photographs by Alexandra Grablewski.