How to Create a Wheel of Fortune Game

Written by mathew plale
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It’s convenient to play “Wheel of Fortune” any night on television. But getting on the show to spin the colourful and heavy wheel is extremely difficult; only 600 of 10,000 people make it on the show, according to "Wheel of Fortune"s official website. Using many items found around the house, you can make a homemade version for you and your friends to play without facing the difficult odds of passing tryouts--or sitting through commercial interruptions!

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Metal brad
  • Pen or pencil
  • Markers
  • Compass
  • Scrap paper
  • Adhesive tape
  • Stopwatch

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  1. 1

    Draw a large circle on your poster board, using a compass and pencil.

  2. 2

    Draw 24 evenly spaced pie-piece segments in the circle. Draw over both the circle and the segments with a black marker to clearly indicate where the lines are. Colour in each segment lightly with markers, alternating colours throughout.

  3. 3

    Draw dollar amounts and other prizes or obstacles, such as "$600, Hawaii, bankrupt," with a black marker in each segment.

  4. 4

    Cut out the circle--now your wheel--with the scissors.

  5. 5

    Trace or draw a thin arrow onto another piece of poster board, and cut it out with scissors.

  6. 6

    Line up the blunt end of the arrow on the centre of the wheel, and carefully stick a metal brad through both the arrow and the wheel at the centre. Bend the brad into place, just loose enough so the arrow will spin.

  7. 7

    Draw with a marker on another poster board a box for each letter an answer requires (for example, “George Washington” will need 16 boxes).

  8. 8

    Tape the poster board on the wall to mimic the puzzle board on the show.

  9. 9

    On separate pieces of scrap paper, write down prizes that the final contestant could win if he solves the final puzzle.

Tips and warnings

  • Frequent players may know the rules, but an online guide will help newcomers.
  • When piercing the brad through the arrow and wheel, be careful not to scratch any surface or skin underneath.

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