I love this Easy DIY Sit & Spin Toy. Add your own custom design for your family.
I recently saw a grown-up version of a Easy DIY Sit & Spin Toy on Pinterest. It got me thinking about how easy it would be to make one for my boys. And since I already had Lazy Susan hardware waiting for a purpose, I was half way there. After playing around with the design for a few weeks, I’m ready to share it with you guys. And it’s a super easy DIY kids toy that you can make in a day. Yea!
I love the idea of making a couple heirloom kids toys that will last for generations. My grandfather made a cool board game that I loved as a kid. And I just thought that he must be nearly magical for being able to make it. I still get nostalgic when I see it. So, I hope the kids in your life will look at you the same way when you make this. And, the best part is the custom paint job.
I made this Easy DIY Sit & Spin toy 2 ways. Once with a sweet medallion pattern and once with a cool Captain America paint job for my boys. Pick your kids favorite cartoon, toy, movie, game, candy, etc. and have fun with the design. As always, I’d love to see what you come up with.
Cost to Make this Easy DIY Sit & Spin Toy
You’ll spend about $45 on the wood rounds, flanges, pipe, and Lazy Susan. Not bad to get your own custom Sit and Spin.
Time to Make a Homemade Sit and Spin
The time here will mainly be in dry times for stain, paint, and polyurethane. Otherwise, you can easily assemble this in 1 hour, due to the simple flange and pipe design.
I tested 3 different Lazy Susan’s. I hoped this 12″ round hardware would help distribute the load for older kids, but it shifts too much to work for my design. The hole for the pipe would have needed to be quite large, due to the shifting. I had to switch back to a 6″ square.
- Tools: Power Drill, JigSaw Sander, Screwdriver
- Super Glue
- 2 – 18″ Craft Wood Rounds from Lowes (or similar size from Home Depot)
- A piece of 3/4″ thick wood to make 7″ round wheel
- 2 – 1/2″ galvanized or iron flanges
- 1 – 8″ long 1/2″ galvanized or iron pipe
- 1 – 3″ round thick cardboard with a 1/2″ hole in the middle
- 1 – 6″ square Lazy Susan hardware
- 1/2″ Forstner Drill bit
- 1 1/4″ Forstner Drill Bit
- 16 – #6 or #8 3/4″ screws
- Motor oil, Bike oil or other lightweight oil to apply to bearings
- Stains or paints of choice and polyurethane
Find the center of the round you picked as the top of your Easy DIY Sit & Spin. I just used a long ruler to find the widest point from one edge to the next. Then mark the center of the widest point with a pencil. Now do this 2 or 3 more times across different sections. This will give you a pretty good center point.
Use your 1 1/4″ forstner drill bit to create 1 1/4″ hole through the center of the top round. This will give enough space for the ring around the threads for the bottom flange. Otherwise, the flange would drag against that top wood round and slow it down.
Now place that top round over the bottom. Line them up as close to perfect, as possible. These rounds are never perfect circles, but they’re close enough. So, don’t worry. Use that pencil to mark the center of the bottom round through the hole in the top round.
Move the top round aside, and grab a flange. Line that flange up with the mark you just made on the bottom round. Use a sharp screw or drill bit to create starter hole marks for the 4 flange screws and that center mark. You just want them to be deep enough that you can’t sand them away. After marking the 4 screw spots, move the flange aside.
Cut a 7″ round wheel from 3/4″ wood with your jigsaw to make the wheel.
Use a 120 or 150-grit sandpaper, or similar, to sand both rounds. This will get the rounds smooth and ready for paint or stain. Be sure to keep the screw marks and flange center marks. You’ll need them for assembly.
I used a Wood Conditioner on all 3-pieces and let that soak in per directions. Then I applied 1 coat of Minwax’s Jacobean Stain on each side of the 3 rounds. Once that dried, I applied 1 coat of this polyurethane.
I applied the medallion and Captain America designs with acrylic paint. That paint sticks pretty well to polyurethane. But if you are using a paint that doesn’t, make sure the design is done before applying polyurethane. Acrylic still needs to be covered in polyurethane after the design is complete and dry, or it will eventually rub off of the polyurethane.
Please Note: Based on your design, you’ll want to stain or prime your rounds and wheel. Make sure that the rounds and wheel are completely stained or painted then coated with polyurethane before attaching the Lazy Susan hardware. You won’t be able to access those areas after assembly and you don’t want bits of unfinished wood visible between the rounds.
Assembling your Handmade Sit And Spin
Here’s a quick video showing how I use this Lazy Susan Hardware. I’m just using scrap wood in this example, but I think it’ll help you understand the steps and pictures below. 🙂
Attach one of the flanges to the bottom round with screws. Center it on the spot you marked earlier.
Line the Lazy Susan hardware up with those screw marks we made earlier on the bottom round. Attach the Lazy Susan at all 4 points. Apply a little oil to the bearings of the Lazy Susan to make it spin faster. Don’t use WD-40. That will gum up and eventually slow it down. Use skateboarders oil, bike oil, or motor oil that is light and designed to increase speed.
Twist the top half of the Lazy Susan so that one of the corners of the top is between 2 of the bottom corners. Put a pencil in the screw hole on the top corner to mark that spot on the bottom round.
Slide that hardware out of the way and use your 1/2″ forstner drill bit to drill a hole through the bottom round at that spot. Place the top round over the bottom. Line that hole in the top round up with the flange hole. Get it as perfect as possible. When the top round spins, if the alignment is off, it will get closer to the pipe at certain points. You want to make sure that it won’t hit the pipe and stop the spinning.
Carefully hold the 2 rounds of the Easy DIY Sit & Spin together and flip over. Slowly spin the round around until you can see one of those top of the Lazy Susan screw holes in the access hole you drilled. You may need to gently press on that bottom round while spinning to keep it from shifting on the top round. Screw the top half of the Lazy Susan into the top round at all 4 corners with your drill or screwdriver.
Flip the rounds back over. Center the other flange on the bottom of the wheel and attach with screws. Screw the pipe into the bottom flange. Test that the rounds spins freely on top. Push down a bit while spinning to make sure that the top round isn’t dragging on the top of the flange. If everything is fine, move on. Otherwise, you will need to remove the top round through the access hole. Expand the pipe hole, then re-assemble again. You can use the same screw holes by lining them up carefully.
Apply super glue to threads then screw the pipe into the bottom flange. Slide the thick cardboard, cut to 3″ diameter with a 1/2″ hole in the middle, over the pipe. This will keep little fingers or legs out of the tight space between the wood and the pipe. It could be a pinch hazard. Apply super glue to the top threads and wheel flange. The super glue prevents the kiddos from unscrewing the pipe while spinning.
Now you’re ready to let the kids spin the afternoon away. Yea!
How about another DIY gift for those awesome kiddos? Try this Easy DIY PVC Pipe Tent build.
Or, go for a bigger build with my new Wooden DIY Kids Kitchen.
Feeling inspired? Want to make your own Super Easy DIY Sit & Spin Toy? Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!