Buy It or Build It: The Fidget Spinner

If you don’t know what a fidget spinner is, you’re… well… like almost every other old guy. But this old guy does know and the new craze that is the fidget spinner a great way to exude nervous energy. For whatever reason, we all think we have ADHD these days. We don’t. We just like to fidget. And that’s OK.

Fidget spinners generally consist of a very smooth-spinning bearing in the center of some kind of housing small enough to spin between your thumb and another finger. They usually look like ninja throwing stars (am I saying that correctly?) or small fans and can be made out of just about any material—plastic, brass, metal, etc.

The “better” fidget spinners are those that are well-balanced and can spin for a minute or more with one finger flick.

Fidget spinners are oddly satisfying, which is the entire point. But instead of buying one for anywhere between $10-$30, you can build one quite easily using wood, a 3-D printer, or just plain ingenuity.

Dylan, over at one of our favorite YouTube channels, Woodbrew, shows us how it’s done, sourcing all of his materials from an old skateboard. The result is pretty cool. Take a look:

Also, here’s top 3 best seller Fidget Spinners on Amazon!

Bestseller No. 1
SCIONE Fidget Spinners Toys 5 Pack, Sensory Hand Fidget Pack Bulk, Anxiety Toys Stress Relief...
  • SCIONE FIDGET SPINNER TOYS PACK- 5 Fidget spinner toys came with a protected individual...
  • SAFETY SENSORY FIDGETS TOYS for KIDS and ADULTS-Great for fidget, anxiety, focus, ADHD,...
  • HIGH SPEED HYBRID CERAMIC BALL in the center to ensure the smoothest rotation and...
  • EASY TO USE-Spinner the adhd fidget toys simply hold with one finger either side of the...
  • AMAZING GIFT CHOICE for KIDS and ADULTS-SCIONE fidget spinner toys make top party favor...
Bestseller No. 2
SCIONE LED Fidget Spinners, Light Up Sensory Fidget Toys for Kids, Glow in The Dark Toys for Kids...
  • SCIONE LED LIGHT UP SENSORY FIDGET SPINNER: Great fidget toy for kids/adults, ADHD,...
  • GREAT LIGHT UP SPINNER TOYS: Each LED Fidget Spinner have 3 flashing modes and multiple...
  • REUSABLE INDIVIDUALLY PACKED GIFT BOX: What you will get- 1 Pcs Light Up LED Fidget...
  • DURABLE AND STURDY: The crystal light up fidget spinner is made of high-quality crystal...
  • AMAZING GIFT CHOICE FOR KIDS: SCIONE LED fidget spinner toys make top party favor goody...
Bestseller No. 3
SCIONE Metal Fidget Spinner for Kid Adult,Sensory Hand Fidget Toy 7 Pack-Anxiety Toys Stress Relief...
  • SCIONE FIDGET SPINNER PACK - The party pack toys included 7 pack rainbow fidget spinner....
  • IMPROVE ABILITY - SCIONE spinner toy is easy to use, just hold the center of the spinner...
  • STAY FOCUS - With a metal hand finger spinners, you will be able to curb unwanted habits,...
  • 3-5 MINUTE SPINING - These sensory fidget toys have a high speed R188 silent bearing in...
  • BE ALWAYS HAPPY - As a kids toy merchant, our main goal is to provide children with safety...

Forty-something years later, Chad still doesn't' know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Chad has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, led a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a marketing & PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, writing, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.