Hands On: DIY Whirligig

Olivera Bratich
DIY Whirligig

Call it the original fidget spinner. Whirligigs have been around for centuries, as children manipulated found objects into simple toys to entertain themselves. For this project, add an artistic exercise and end up with a fun, one-of-a-kind toy.


  • A circular object 3 to 5 inches in diameter that can be traced
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Bamboo skewer
  • String


1. Trace the circular object twice onto a piece of paper and once onto the cardboard.

2. Use markers to decorate the paper circles with colorful geometric patterns; think stripes, shapes, chevrons, etc.

3. Cut out all three circles.

4. Glue the paper circles onto the cardboard circle.

5. Use the bamboo skewer to punch two holes, 1 inch apart, in the middle of the circle.

6. Thread a string (around 3 feet long works well) through the holes and tie it.

7. Pull the string through so the circle is in the middle. Twist or spin the string between the thumb and index finger of both hands until the string is tight. Then pull it apart and watch the patterns spin!


OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go towhollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.