How to Make Toy Spinning Tops

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How to Make Toy Spinning Tops

Spinning tops have been used as playthings for centuries. And though competition in the age of video games, Barbie dolls and robot puppies is pretty tough, these little twirling toys are still a low-tech way to have fun. There are countless plastic and wooden tops available in toy stores and novelty shops, but why spend the money when you can make a top at home in minutes from a CD? You can use old CDs with cool cover art, or you can use blank CDs and print new designs with label makers, cover them with stickers or paint, or leave them as is for that futuristic silver rainbow effect.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • CD
  • Photo editing software (optional)
  • CD labels (optional)
  • Printer (optional)
  • Poster paint (optional)
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Plastic bottle cap
  • Marble
  • Crazy glue

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    Custom Design

  1. 1

    Create a design for a CD label using photo-editing software. Bright and colourful designs will look even better when your top is spinning.

  2. 2

    Print out the CD label and affix it to the CD.

  3. 3

    For a different look, paint the top of the CD with bright-coloured poster paints instead of using a label.

  4. 4

    Use stickers to decorate the CD in lieu of or in addition to poster paint.

  5. 5

    Paint or colour the bottle cap with fun colours that match the CD's new design.

    Creating the Spinning Top

  1. 1

    Put glue on one side of the marble.

  2. 2

    Affix the marble to the hole on the bottom of the CD. Press firmly and hold until the glue dries.

  3. 3

    Apply glue to the rim of the bottle cap.

  4. 4

    Affix the bottle cap to the top of the CD around the centre hole (covering the top of the marble). Press firmly and hold until the glue dries.

    That's all there is to it. Hold onto the bottle cap and give your top a spin on the marble.

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