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Making Reusable Spinners for the Classroom

I’ve been looking at Pinterest and the Net for an inexpensive way to make spinners for my classroom. After much perusal, I came up with my own way to achieve my goal AND use mostly items I have on hand! Here’s my tutorial on how you can do the same.

I turned a set of these….


…into a 10 reusable spinners for my classroom!


(Yes, there are only 8 in the picture. I had to do a bit of repair work on 2 of them but they work fine now.)

Now, here’s how you can make your own!

Step 1

First, gather your supplies!


Items needed:

  • Old CD cases – Mine are from my own stash. Make sure that they aren’t cracked and that the hinge still works properly.
  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers – May be optional…
  • E6000 adhesive
  • card stock (not pictured)
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie marker (not pictured)
  • Crayons, markers or scrap booking paper for décor if you want.
  • Spinner pieces – I bought mine at School Box, a packet of 8 for $3. I bought 2 packs so that I would have extras for future breakage and replacement. If you have a School Box near you, go! Don’t order these online if possible. The shipping cost is more than the spinners. :/
  • Something to protect your work space. I use butcher paper because it’s handy for me but newspaper or even wax paper would work.

Yeah…that ruler…I never used.

Step 2


Remove the front insert and the CD from the case. (No comments from the peanut gallery concerning the CD itself! ;)

Step 3


The easiest way to remove the back insert is to go through the top edge. There’s a lip on the insert that you can use to pry it away from the case.


I used the needle nose pliers to do this because I have the world’s thinnest fingernails. I shredded one on my first attempt at this. Gently pry this piece from the case. Work from the middle towards the outside edge. Take your time or you will crack the bottom towards the hinge. If it pops out completely, don’t worry, they pop back in.


Step 4


Trim the two little edge pieces from the back paper insert and then using it as a pattern, cut a new insert from the card stock.


You could pretty this up with scrap booking paper or whatever you have on hand. I chose to keep mine simple with a Property Of…


Step 5


Take the original front insert and cut a new insert from the card stock, just like you did for the back insert.

Step 5


Trace the CD on the new front insert with your pencil.

Step 6


Create the sections for your spinner face. I simply folded and creased the insert to make the sections.

Step 7


Go over the sections on the spinner face with the Sharpie and add your own info. I chose to make this set for -AR verbs for conjugation practice.

Step 8


Slip the spinner face into the front of the CD case. This was the most rewarding part for me!

Step 9


Use the E6000 to glue the spinner base to the outside of the CD case. Be very careful with this adhesive. It is strong holding and fast to set. I don’t suggest doing this with newly manicured fingernails or while working in your favorite t-shirt. I’ve learned this part the hard way.

Step 10

Now comes the most important step….WAIT!! Allow that adhesive to dry completely! If you add the other piece too early, your spinner won’t spin because it will be glued to the case as well.

Step 11


Pop the spinner top into the base and you’re done!

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It took me about 2 hours to do this project from start to finish. Once I did the first one, I assembly lined the rest and had my son help me with the cutting.

My kids got involved with the decoration of the spinner faces for this set. They enjoyed helping mommy. I like the fact that each one is different. You could use colored card stock instead of white.  I just happened to have that on hand.

I plan to make a template for future spinner face needs. I’ll make a copy, add my info to the face and then make copies of it on card stock. All I have to do is slip out the old spinner face and put the new one in!

All of my spinners have already been tested to ensure that they work properly. My two kidlets made a game out of seeing which ones would spin the longest and all of the spinners passed with flying colors!

If you make your own spinner(s), please let me know. I’d love to see how you made it your own!

Hasta luego!

Sra S