How to make a whirly gig

On the last day of school term the children received the gift of play in the form of a whirly gig! It was the perfect way to start the holidays. With the children heading home with colourful whirly gigs spinning in their wake.

At home we used some wet-on-wet watercolour paintings to make more, using the first as a template (and here is a template for you).

Together we cut around the outside of the whirly gig and down the middle to make the propeller. Then we cut the two smaller cuts into the body of the whirly gig. Next we folded one propeller part forward and one back. The sides of the body were folded in from where we made the smaller cuts too (like in the photo above).

Then the kids made some new wool twisties ~ with a bead in the middle ~ to tie through the end of their whirly gigs (see how here).

Then we were all running around the house and backyard making them spin!

Happy crafting, Kelly

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  • Reply Danya Banya February 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    What is wet-on-wet watercolour painting? Sounds cool (and very pretty results)! Such a simple way to make a whirly gig too – love it!

  • Reply kate @ livinglovinglaughing February 16, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    oh so cute – I didn’t even know what these are but love the cute name! look like a lot of fun 🙂

  • Reply Sara @ Happiness is here February 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    These look beautiful! How fun!

  • Reply Jo (down to earth mother) February 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Fun! Thanks for the template 🙂

  • Reply Kate Lloyd February 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve not seen these before. Love them. Thanks for the template.

  • Reply Deborah Alter-Rasche February 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    How fun! We’ve not made these before. Thanks for the template. Pinning 😀

  • Reply Nathalie Brown February 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    First time I’ve heard of a whirly gig and will be trying these out

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