How to Create a Wheel of Fortune Game

Updated July 20, 2017

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Metal brad
  • Pen or pencil
  • Markers
  • Compass
  • Scrap paper
  • Adhesive tape
  • Stopwatch
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Since 2006, Mathew Plale has been a news editor and critic for the JoBlo Movie Network. He has also contributed to Passport Cinema and Stereo Subversion. Plale holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan University.