We were just getting started last week with our simple guide on how to make a golden snitch – this week, we’re bringing you the real deal: A DIY Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner!
Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner Craft
We’re making our way through the Harry Potter series, so you can expect to see a lot of Harry Potter crafts for the next year or so (there are a lot of books).
I was actually living in London, England when the books were coming out and in the lead up to the movie release. I moved to Canada right in time for the first movie to hit theatres in November 2001 and I was so excited to see something familiar in this new city (and to make friends with someone who was just as excited for the movies as I was).
Since I was living in Northern Ontario, I was surrounded by 6ft of snow on the way to and from the theatre, so the movies will always have this nostalgic, Christmastime feeling for me. (Plus the depictions of Christmas in the movies are just so gorgeous and whimsical.)
I’m really excited to gear up for some Harry Potter movie nights once the cold weather gets here, along with some hot butterbeer and Harry Potter-themed snacks (stay tuned for those).
I thought it would be fun to gather some Harry Potter-themed gift ideas for inspiration while I stumbled upon these Harry Potter Fidget Spinners.
Apparently, these things sold out at $300 EACH when they first came out which is absolute insanity.
Although the price tag has come down (now that other retailers are offering them), the sticker shock was enough to encourage me to see if I could make a DIY Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner!
I tried a few different methods – drilling a hole through a bouncy ball, making a glittery oven-bake clay version, and this method that I’m sharing with you today. The bouncy ball one just proved to be too tricky and I didn’t want to share an option that required tools (in case you didn’t have those tools or wanted to make them with your older kids), while the oven-bake clay version was easy to break and tricky to get just right with the wings.
This DIY Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner is a fun craft to make with your Harry Potter loving kid, or it makes a great DIY Harry Potter gift idea! Because it’s just hot glue (and a couple of other low-cost materials), you can make dozens of them for less than a couple dollars and it’s super easy to adjust the length of the wings or start over if you decide you want to make alterations.
To make these super easy, check out our quick how-to video for how to make this DIY Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable instructions:
Materials to Make a DIY Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner
- Hot Glue Gun plus glue
- Two straws of various thickness – one must be able to fit inside the other (you can do this with only one straw but it’s easier with two)
- Gold paint
- Metal teaspoon
- Cooking oil
- Plastic tray or cookie sheet
Tip: the length of your child’s fingers will dictate how long the snitch’s wings can be (as if they are too long, they will hit against their hand. You can start off by measuring your child’s finger length, or just trim down the wings after the fact.
How to Make a Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner
First, to shape the ball (center) of your golden snitch, grease a metal teaspoon with a bit of cooking oil. (This will help the glue not stick to it.)
Cut a small length of your bigger straw to fit the inside of the top of the teaspoon.
Fill the teaspoon most of the way up with hot glue and then insert the straw. Let dry.
While the start of the ball is drying, make your golden snitch’s wings by freehand drawing them with the hot glue onto a plastic tray or cookie sheet. It is easier to remove if you grease the tray first with cooking oil, but it can make shaping the wings a bit more difficult.
Once the half-ball is dry, pop it out of the teaspoon and fill the teaspoon up again with hot glue. Gently press the half ball flat-side down into the teaspoon to form a ball with the straw in the center. You can leave a small gap for the wings to slot into, or just cut that into the ball later. Let dry.
When the ball and wings are fully dry, you want to attach the wings to the ball.
If you have left slots between the two ball halves, insert the wings and secure with hot glue.
If not, figure out where you want the wings to go and then cut into the ball using scissors or a knife. Insert the wings and secure with hot glue.
Let dry completely.
Next, cut away any glue that is blocking the openings of the straw. Insert the smaller straw and cut to size based on how far you want your fingers from the fidget spinner when spinning (the wing length will affect this).
I preferred just a 1/2″ length of straw on either side of the golden snitch.
I also wanted to make the straw smooth to touch (no harsh edges), so I added a dab of glue to the end, let dry, then inserted into the fidget spinner, then added another dab to the opposite end.
Paint the dry fidget spinner with golden paint. Let dry.
Cut the wings down to size to ensure that you can properly spin it.
Enjoy your homemade Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner!
Grab your free printable for our DIY Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner:
If you only want to use one straw (or a small wooden dowel cut to size), you will have to drill a hole in the fidget spinner that is just slightly bigger/wider than the straw/dowel. The length of your child's fingers will dictate how long the snitch's wings can be (as if they are too long, they will hit against their hand. You can start off by measuring your child's finger length, or just trim down the wings after the fact.
If you only want to use one straw (or a small wooden dowel cut to size), you will have to drill a hole in the fidget spinner that is just slightly bigger/wider than the straw/dowel.
The length of your child's fingers will dictate how long the snitch's wings can be (as if they are too long, they will hit against their hand. You can start off by measuring your child's finger length, or just trim down the wings after the fact.
This DIY Golden Snitch Fidget Spinner is a fun homemade sensory toy that is the perfect homemade gift for a Harry Potter fan.