I’ve been obsessed with making my own prize/challenge wheel for a while. Who isn’t drawn to those big wheels at sporting events or festivals?! My kids were excited about it too- they had visions of DIY slime challenges or creative Fort Nite Battles. I started envisioning all the decisions that could be solved with the spin of a wheel. No more fighting over who does what chore- just spin the wheel! No more debating for hours over which pizza place to order from- just spin the wheel! Date night…just spin the wheel!
I looked online for instructions for making my own, but I felt like they all involved too much carpentry or they just looked cheesy. I like projects that you can finish in a few hours not days. I also wanted something that would be easy to personalize and change up on a whim AND that looked good just sitting on the mantle or bookshelf. I hope you agree that this one does both!
All of the parts can be easily found at your local big box hardware store and craft store- plus assembly takes less than 30 minutes. Total project cost $25…total fun? UNLIMITED!!!
What you will need:
- 12″ x 1/2″ Precut Wood Circle
- Pipe Supplies: 1/2″ Black Cap, 1/2″ Black Plug, 12″ x 6″ Black Steel Pipe, 1/2″ x 8″ Black Steel Pipe, 1/2″ Black Floor Flange, 1/2″ Black tee, 1/2″ Black 90′ Elbow, 1/2″ x close Black Steel Pipe
- 12-20 Black Steel Cut Tacks 11/16″
- Two 7/8″ x 1 3/8″ Machine Bushings (found in nuts/washer section)
- Tools: 7/8″ Spade Drill Bit, Hammer, Exacto Knife
- Cricut Dry Erase Vinyl (enough for 12×12 circle)
- 1/8″ Washi Tape
- 8″ Piece of 1/8″ leather lace
How to make the center wheel:
- Find and mark the center of your wood circle (Makezine has an easy way that only uses a piece of paper).
- Drill a hole in the center of the wood circle using the 7/8″ spade drill bit (make sure you place the circle over an old piece of wood so you don’t drill through your table or floor!!)
- Trace your circle onto the Cricut Dry Erase Vinyl. Now cut the circle out of vinyl following your traced line.
- peel off the vinyl backing and stick it onto the wood circle. Be careful to lay it on centered (it does allow you to reposition it a little)
- Use your Exacto knife to cut out the center where you drilled the hole and to trim any vinyl that sticks over the edge.
- Lay the Washi tape in strips across the center from edge to edge. How many you do just depends on how wide you want your “prize” sections to be. I did a mix of skinny and larger sections. Use the Exacto Knife to trim the tape. *See Above
- Nail tacks part way into the board where each washi tape reaches the outer edge *See Above
- Use a hot glue gun to attach one of the machine bushings around the center hole on each side (this will allow the wheel to spin with less resistance) *See Above
How to assemble the base for the wheel:
- Gather all the Pipe Supplies.
- Begin twisting all the pipe parts together to make it look like the picture above. *See Above
- Attach the 1/2″ by close black pipe to the center of the tee connector.
- Leave off the 1/2″ black cap.
Add the wheel:
- Place the wheel dry erase side out on the center connector. *See Above
- Twist the black cap PARTIALLY on to the 1/2″ x close connector. (The more you tighten it, the less easy the wheel will be to spin.
- You can also add a little hot glue to the inside of the black cap before attaching it. (This will prevent the cap from spinning off when your kids get wild with it like mine did!!)
Attach the leather “Clicker”:
- Wrap about 8″ of the leather lace around the threads of the black pipe plug.
- Place hot glue around the outside of the threads to attach the leather. *See Above
- Place hot glue between the two cord lengths that hang down. *See Above
- Trim the bottom of the leather strap to make it the length you want. You want it to hang down low enough to hit the nails. The rest is just personal preference.
Congrats! You just finished your very own DIY Prize Wheel!!!!
Now get creative and add on your own prizes or challenges or chores… HAVE FUN SPINNING!!!!