Crafts: Magic picture spinner

Crafts: Magic picture spinner

I’ve tried my hand at a lot of different arts and crafts, but no matter what I create, my finished products always look like Donut made them.  To be honest, I don’t really care.  I enjoy what I do, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s all that matters.

I have tried all sorts.  Origami, card making, jewellery, wire bending, fashion accessories, crochet, knitting, dream-catchers…  You name it, I’ve probably tried it.  

You know what else Gning and Donut can do?  They can outdraw me.  I’m a persistent doodler.  If I have a pen or pencil in my hand, and some paper nearby, I’ll start drawing.  Lines, shapes, eyes…  You should see my Sudoku and crossword books.  Whilst I’m trying to work out the solution to one of the puzzles, I’m doodling in the margins.  

Recently, for Gning’s homeschooling, I’ve been looking for ideas that I can teach him during his art & craft lessons.  So far, we have used pencils to sketch a landscape and a still-drawing.  For the latter, Gning chose a fruit bowl.  I think he did really well, actually, considering this was his first attempt in trying to draw something “real”.

Gning's fruit bowl; 2 July 2020

Our latest creation was something fun, and very simple to make.  I’ll be repeating this craft with Donut at the weekend, I think, as I’m confident that a 5 year old (or younger) would also be successful with the finished product.

We made “Magic Picture Spinners”, and you can make them with everyday items you probably already have in your home.

I made a tutorial video for this craft, and further down the page is the text instructions.

Let me know in the comments if you try this craft!

Magic Picture Spinner

Things you’ll need…

  • White card 
  • Pencil and pen
  • Scissors
  • Bamboo / wooden skewer
  • Round cookie cutter
  • Glue stick
  • Sheet of paper (or newspaper to protect your work surface)

What to do…

  1. Using a pencil, draw around the inside of the cookie cutter on the card.  You’ll need to do this twice, as you need two circles.
  2. Very carefully cut out the circles with the scissors.
  3. On one of the circles, in the bottom half, draw a flower with your pencil.
  4. On the other circle, in the top half, draw a butterfly.
  5. Optional: go over the outline of your pencil drawings with a pen.
  6. Turn the circle with the flower face-down, ensuring that the flower remains in the bottom half.
  7. Optional:  Make a vertical line in the middle of the plain circle…  This will help you place the skewer shortly.
  8. Glue the backs of both circles (the back of the circles don’t have the butterfly or flower on them).
  9. Cut the pointy end off the skewer, and line this up with the pencil mark you made before.
  10. Carefully align the butterfly on top of the other circle and skewer, and press firmly to secure.

Ta-da!  You’re all done.  To make the magic work, place the skewer in-between your palms and rub your hands together.  Watch the circles “come together” to make one picture…  Can you see it?

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4 thoughts on “Crafts: Magic picture spinner

  1. My 4 year old loves crafts and I have been running out of things to do with him. He also recently discovered spinners, so your spinner craft is a perfect fit.

  2. I remember seeing these as a kid but never knew how to make them. Such a good idea! I want to try this with my 4 year old now 🙂
    Awesome work guys!

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