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Making a Penny Spinner

Give food packaging a second use by making a free and fun toy penny spinner. This is a very easy to make toy that will entertain younger children for quite awhile.


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Before you toss out any food/box packaging, you could make this penny top spinner. This craft/toy is essentially free and fun for the entire family!

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • thin cardboard box
  • colored paper
  • scissors
  • markers/Sharpie
  • glue stick
  • penny
  • X-acto knife


  1. Trace a circular object on your cardboard box.
  2. Cut circle out. (Since I made two spinners for each child, I traced 2 - you will only need to trace the cardboard box once)
  3. Optional - Trace circular object again on colored paper to cover the cardboard packaging. Cut out and glue the pieces together.
  4. Using an eX-acto knife, cut out a slit in the center of the circle (smaller than the penny just a tad and slide penny into place).
  5. Decorate spinner if you want and it is ready to play with!
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When the kids are out of school, sometimes it is hard to keep them occupied. They seem to become bored very easily, even with all of the electronic gadgets. If you want a very easy craft that will entertain younger children, this spinner is perfect! The entire family can make them and then challenge each other! Who will get their spinner to go the fastest? Who will get theirs to spin longer? Can you make your spinner bump other ones out of spinning? With this craft, your child will have something fun to do and the family can spend quality time together.

Total Time: 5-10 minutes, depending on how long it takes to decorate

Yield: 2

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Link: Click here to watch a short video of the spinner in action!


  • 2 pennies
  • markers or crayons
  • 1 box cutter or craft knife
  • white poster board
  • Lay's or Pringles potato chip lid
  • scissors


  1. Trace the chip lid on the poster board and cut out the circles.
  2. Decorate the circles with markers or crayons. This will be your top side.
  3. Use the box cutter or knife to cut a thin one-inch slit in the center of the circles. Insert a penny into each slit. The thinner it is, the better the penny will stay in. Make sure the penny is not leaning or the spinner won't work as well.
  4. Now, place you thumb and index fingers on the penny, twist it, and let go!
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