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Friday, May 24, 2013

Super Spinning Prize Wheel DIY!

I posted this last year and it was featured at UCreate...
but it is just TOO good to not bring it up again!
Especially this time of year when you might be planning a family reunion or carnival!
A simple craft that will make you a Rockstar!
 Any kid (or adult for that matter) that has watched
 The Wheel of Fortune has longed to spin that giant prize wheel.
  
When we went to the fair last summer,
 there were booths set up with smaller, but equally
 as awesome prize wheels that the kids got to
 spin...once.
Only once?

I vowed to remedy that.

Say hello to the DIY spinner prize wheel!
 
Supplies:
1 lazy susan (Ikea $8 or Walmart for $12)
 1 board slightly larger than the spinner
1 wooden dowel, about 3 inches long
1 plastic zip tie
1" nails
Dry Erase Vinyl ($8)
Paint
Wooden 2" ball
(washi tape optional)

Tools:
drill bit the size of the wooden dowel
E6000 glue
hammer

It's so simple, I promise!

Peel that rubbery plastic ring off the bottom of the spinner...
 Note: on my first board, I got a step ahead of
 myself and painted before I drilled in the dowel.
So, pace yourself.

Get a drill bit, and a dowel the same size.
Don't drill all the way through the board...insert and glue in dowel.
I used some wood filler to sort of grout it in place.
Then I had to paint again...you'll only have to paint once!
  Paint them up any color you like!
I just used a light spray primer and then a coat of color!
Quite a bit of the top gets covered, 
so you don't have to be so thorough.
Next:
Dry Erase vinyl surface...I got it at Hobby Lobby
($7.99 without 40% off coupon)

Instead of cutting my vinyl into
 triangles that could easily pull up...
I traced the entire lazy susan onto my dry erase vinyl
 Cut off an additional 1/2 inch all around the circle
...removed the baking and stuck the whole thing down on top!
Not super perfect, but awesome.
Then, using striped washi tape, I made lined divisions!
Next, some tiny nails (1" long) tapped in between every triangle.
Leave them up high enough to hit the zip tie...

Glob some E6000 all around the back circle of the Lazy Susan where it will rest on the board.
(right where I removed that rubber ring in the beginning)
Press onto your board and allow it to dry.
Be patient and don't try to spin it until it's completely dry.
Trust me on this!
Scrunch a zip tie onto the top of the dowel...cut the zip tie
 so it is long enough to hit all the nails as they spin by!
Sand down or cut (I used the band saw) off one surface of your wooden ball
so you can glue it to the center of the spinner.
It gives it a finished look and kids love to hold onto it to spin!
For my first one,  I used the silhouette to cut triangles.
But the vinyl triangles peel up easily at the points.  FYI.
I've used mine more than a year and haven't replaced the
vinyl yet...but probably will this summer!
And it was super hard to make them even!
Whatever you make yours like,
It will be a hit!
Use if for an activity wheel for summer!
Maybe the *best* child of the week gets to
 spin it to see what the Saturday activity will be!
 
Use a dry erase marker to write your 
hearts desires onto the triangles!

Fun ideas:
Chores  
Things to do/places to go this summer
30 second activities (run, jump, crawl...)
Church lessons
Birthday party games
Carnivals or Fundraiser prizes!
Every event that I've taken this wheel, 
I've gotten multiple orders!
 
My kids love to play with it!
I think they each spun the wheel 100 times---and
 did lots of jumping jacks, push-ups and
 army crawls without complaint!
Erases easily.  I wipe with a lightly windex spritzed paper towel.
Wipe from the center to the edge.  Sometimes the
 thin plastic sheet on the top of the vinyl starts to peel...
no problems so far, but they will be easy to
 replace when they are too worn.
Ultimate Prize wheel!
Don't you want to rush to the store to
 gather supplies right now???
In closing, if you make this,
you will be the envy of your friends...
You'll get high 5's wherever you go...
the coolest to your kids...
they will actually want to hang out with you...
cuz you're a totally awesome rockstar!




Linking up to THESE parties this week!

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5 comments:

chabias said...

This is GREAT, Natalie. So many possibilities with this prize wheel. It could make "date night" interesting!

Cindy deRosier said...

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your spinning wheel! You can see it here:

http://funfamilycrafts.com/spinning-wheel/

If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

Loni said...

Loved this and made my own (but I used Chalkboard Vinyl because I had some on hand):
http://squeezeyourcreativejuice.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-greatest-fun-on-earth-new-catalog.html
Thanks for the tutorial...you have a new fan!

Sheena said...

I shared your awesome Spinner Wheel tutorial on my blog. I shared a Sharing Time idea that used a spinner wheel, but didn't have a tutorial to share with my readers. I found yours and thought it was great! Thanks for sharing. :)
Sheena Perron
{Little LDS Ideas}

Carmen Santamaria said...

Where did you get the wooden board that you glue the lazy susan onto?

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