Did you know you can make your own custom Sit & Spin Toy? And it’s a super easy DIY.
I recently saw a grown-up version of a 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 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.
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Cost to Make this Easy DIY Kids 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 this Easy DIY Kids Sit & Spin Toy
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.
Please note: Using 6″ square or larger Lazy Susan hardware works best. The hardware can support 400-lbs. But kids over a certain weight will eventually weigh down the end of the round and create drag. My 40-lb 4-year old is just fine. But I’m guessing 60 lbs or more will probably be too much. If you do make one, I’d love tips on your hardware and weight-related experiences.
Materials to Make this Easy DIY Kids Sit & Spin Toy
- Tools: 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″ 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
Directions to Make this Easy DIY Kids Sit & Spin Toy
- Find the center of the round you picked as the top. 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 drill bit, then jigsaw 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. 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″ thick wood with your jigsaw to make the wheel. You can use my Captain America printable as a guide for the circle. The smallest circle around the star is 7″. Or simply open MS Word, or similar, to add a circle that measures 7″.
- Use a 120-grit sandpaper, or similar, to sand the sides and edges on 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.
- 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.
- Also note: 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.
Customize this Easy DIY Kids Sit & Spin Toy
- The Medallion Design
- I found this Boho Medallion stencil and stencil adhesive spray at Hobby Lobby. Follow the directions on the adhesive and give 1-side of the stencil a good coat of the adhesive. Carefully center it and press it into the top round. Make sure every bit of the stencil is sticking.
- Use a foam stencil brush to blot your design on. Don’t swipe or use too much paint, or it may push paint under the stencil.
- Once the design is complete, peel off stencil. Allow the paint to dry completely
- Use a spray polyurethane to seal. This will prevent your design from rubbing away.
- Captain America – Email Subscribers can grab the free 18″ round, black & white Captain America printable at the bottom of this post.
- Paint the top of the top round with dark red paint. Take your time and be careful not to brush the paint on to the edges. Do enough coats to give the paint a finished look.
- Paint the top of the wheel with a coat of a Navy blue paint. Again, take your time and be careful not to brush the paint on to the edges. Do enough coats to give the paint a finished look.
- I used the printable I designed to add the star and white ring markings. Print the PDF printable below using Poster and Tape Marks settings in Adobe Reader. Tape it together using the cut marks. Cut out the ring that is supposed to be white, second from the outside. Cut out the star as well.
- Line up the ring and star on the Sit & Spin Toy, then trace around them with a pencil.
- I used my ever-handy white paint pen to trace over those pencil lines next. You could skip this and go straight to your white primer. But the paint pen is easier to make straight, smooth lines with, for me.
- Carefully fill in the ring and star with 2 or 3 coats of a white primer. This will prevent the dark colors from bleeding through.
- Once everything is dry coat those painted areas with polyurethane.
Assembling this Easy DIY Kids Sit & Spin Toy
See my video on a simple Lazy Susan Assembly for an example.
- Attach one of the flanges to the bottom round with screws. Center it on the spot you marked earlier.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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″ drill bit to drill a hole through the 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 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 to step 13. 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 DIY for a Farmhouse Style Kids Kitchen. I made this cute and sturdy play kitchen for about $50. My boys love playing restaurant and always ask me to order from their Diner Menu.
Email Subscribers can download the Captain America Shield Printable Here. It is designed to work as described above, with this 18″ round wood and 7″ round wheel. See instructions above. The white ring and star are the only parts of this printable I used for this project. The rest of the printable is just for visual reference to layout.
Save this PDF to your computer, then open in Adobe Reader. Opening in your web browser will not give you the option to print as a poster. 🙂
Feeling inspired? Want to make your own Super Easy Kids 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!