How to make a spinner with a paper clip

Written by isaiah david | 13/05/2017

A paper clip spinner is an easy way to decide games of chance. You can make your spinner with 4, 6, 8 or any number of evenly divided spaces. Alternately, you can make some outcomes more likely than others by drawing bigger and smaller regions on the spinner.

Things you need

  • Cardboard

  • Paper clip

  • Needle-nosed pliers

  • Fastener

  • Pen

  • Pencil

Straighten the paper clip out, then make a small loop on one end. You can use your fingers or needle-nosed pliers.

Draw a circle on a piece of cardboard and divide it up into sections. You can label each section with a number, colour or instructions, depending on what sort of game you are using your spinner for.

Make a dot in the centre of the circle. Put the paper clip on the paper with the loop directly in the centre.

Push a metal fastener through the loop and the dot in the centre of the circle. Open the ends under the piece of cardboard to secure it.

Spin the spinner a couple of times. It should turn smoothly and land on a random number every time. If it is stiff, remove it, enlarge the loop and attach it again.

Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Paper clip
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Fastener
  • Pen
  • Pencil

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