Spin Art Tutorial

diy spin art

Here’s a great, fun and good for all ages tutorial – SPIN ART!Create your own! Perfect summer activity to keep boredom at bay.

Let’s get started!


Cheap salad spinner (I purchased mine for under $3.00 at the grocery store)
Acrylic Paint – in various colors
Paper – construction works great!
something to cover your work area – newspaper, cheap plastic tablecloth, etc
optional: disposable pan or disposable plastic lid

Step 1: Cover your work area. This is a good activity for indoors or outdoors.

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Take out your middle basket piece, place it on your paper and trace around it.

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Step 2: Cut out your circle pieces of paper. These will fit in the spinner. I like to stack several pieces of construction paper together when cutting so I get several circles of paper ready to go! I also cut just on the inside of the line I traced just to make sure I have a good fit.

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Step 3: Place your paper in the middle basket piece and place that back into the salad spinner.

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Grab your bottles of paint and let your little ones squirt the colors on the paper in any pattern – or no pattern at all!

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Step 4: When they’ve put on all the colors they wanted, replace the lid on top and start spinning!

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optional: you can place our salad spinner in a disposable tin dish or disposable plastic lid as I have used here. When you start to spin the paint will eventually build up on the inside and start to drip out the bottom of the salad spinner. I like to place my spinner in a pan/tray/lid to catch the mess later. Then I just keep it and re-use it for more spinning projects. 

Step 5: Lift off the lid and take the first look at your newest masterpiece!

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Step 6: You can now add a few more drops of paint and spin again if necessary. To remove your art I simply tilt the middle basket piece to the side and shake gently. The paper will scoot out and be easy to grab. Or you can just simply reach it and grab it! Place somewhere flat to dry and spin another!

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These are great for entertaining your kids this summer, for parties or get togethers! You could even make some patriotic ones this upcoming 4th of July! Enjoy spinning and creating with your kids, grandkids, family and neighbors!



  1. Now that’s somthing I’d like to try with my kids! Thanks for the tip

  2. I like, I like…easy, inexpensive and what a fun look. A definate YES.

  3. What a great idea! You are so creative and talented.


  4. We have been going nuts with Origami the last few days, lol.
    My kids have the spin art set with a black light in it…might need to pull that out for tomorrow. But I like the Salad Spinner idea for more control over your designs. Thanks for sharing!

  5. GREAT! I’m so glad so many of you like the idea! It’s a really fun yet not so messy project. At least my kids stayed relatively clean. Just a few paint drops on their fingers from opening the bottles of paint. 🙂

  6. This is a great idea. I don’t have any kids, but I still want to try it.

  7. that is so cool I know just the kids I can do that with. Hope I can fine one for 3 bucks at my store! Thanks for sharing…


  8. You are soooo The Queen of DIY! I love this fun idea for kids in summer. Fantastic Megan.

    I was thinking that once you have your cool little spin painted circles, you could even make a funky mobile out of them to hang in your kids room! Or use for placemats too.

  9. What a great idea! Never would have thought of using a salad spinner:) We will definitely try this soon, thanks.

  10. what a great idea!

  11. Anonymous says

    Great idea! Thanks SO much! I definitely think my DD & I will make a few for the 4th! Pretty, easy, fun & just messy enough to entertain. :oP


  12. Thanks for the idea! I did something like this when I was a kid, but it involved equipment… a salad spinner, I can do that 🙂

  13. What a great idea. Will have to try this with the kids. They will love it!! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  14. Thanks this is a great project. I am an art teacher and often wondered how to do this a la Damien Hirst. Also, now I know what to do with that $5 spinner that I got from Ikea that doesn’t work all that great for washing lettuce.

  15. Love it so much!!

  16. Oh what fun!

  17. Augh! I just donated my salad spinner — I’m gonna go buy it back, that is too fun! :)K

  18. Best idea EVER for the Grands! I LOVE letting them get a little messy when they visit!
    Thank you for sharing,
    Cheers, Sue `*>~[

  19. What a great idea. Since it’s relatively un-messy I may try it as a craft at my daughter’s birthday party. Now if I can just find salad spinners for $3….


  20. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  21. This is beyond clever, thanks SO much for sharing = awesome!!!

  22. I was just talking about doing this for my son’s birthday party this fall! I had no idea how to do it, then I found this! Thanks so much for sharing, love your blog. Can’t wait until I have a chance to look around more.

  23. This is great. We used to have the spin art machine but this is even better!

  24. We loved this project. We displayed ours as garland and in mobiles. Thanks for sharing a great idea.

  25. Good Job! 🙂

  26. My daughter just found the Spin Art interactive game on NickJr.com, so this is perfect!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration, she will get a kick out it.

  27. I hope you don’t mind my printing out the directions for this…I really want to try it and simply don’t have the time at the moment. It looks like such fun and a great way to use up some old folk art paints I no longer use. Thank you!

  28. My daughter puts her gerbil in our salad spinner. It enjoys it so much it won’t let go no matter how fast she spins it. Such joy!

  29. I linked a post back here at

    to discuss this type of spin art as I just blogged about a different idea! Spin art in any form is lots of FUN! Thanks for such a great tutorial for the salad spinner art!

  30. i love the art and you are a artist… this tutorial its very nice.. i will try to do this piece this weekend

    thanks a lot…

    Lily Brown

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  32. I suggest this site to my friends so it could be useful & informative for them also. Great effort.

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  34. amazing stuff thanx 🙂

  35. This is great! My husband and I were talking about things we did at the fair when we were young and the spinning art was one of them. Thank you for showing me how to do this with our grandchildren.

  36. wow great i have read many articles about this topic and everytime i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work!

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  37. It’s always my pleasure to read this type of stuff.I am very much interested in these types of topics from childhood and it’s my habit to read this.
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  38. This is what I have been searching in many websites and I finally found it here. Amazing article. I am so impressed. Could never think of such a thing is possible with it…I think you have a great knowledge especially while dealings with such subjects.

  39. With great pleasure I read your blog. The information is very interesting. my gratitude to you.

  40. Love it. We are using it for an art station at my old son’s upcoming 7th Birthday. I ended up getting the same spinner because of the cost, although I still don’t get why you’d want holes in the bottom of the outer container if you were actually spinning wet lettuce. :-).

  41. wow great i have read many articles about this topic and every time i learn something new i don’t think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work!
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  42. This is great! My husband and I were talking about things we did at the fair when we were young and the spinning art was one of them. Thank you for showing me how to do this with our grandchildren.
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  43. wow! This is a super idea! I want to try it in class! Thanks!

  44. Adapt the spin art to print on a T-shirt. My grandkids had fun with this last summer. See details on how at this site:


    and here


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