Motif Spindle
Color-Wheel
Motif Spindle Color-Wheel

Our motif spindle is a real eye-catcher: Whether hung up on a string or encased in a golden box - both spindle-versions look great while spinning.

Motif Spindle Color-Wheel


Our motif spindle is a real eye-catcher: Whether hung up on a string or encased in a golden box - both spindle-versions look great while spinning. There are various ways to design this spindle and our ideas will make you want to get started right away, using materials such as paper, opaque paint and scissors. Get inspired and create your own personal motif spindle.

This is what you need:
Download templates, drawing paper, Pelikan opaque paintbox, paintbrushes, (long and short bristles, size 8), a wooden pearl (approx. Ø 15mm) sewing yarn, darning needle, possibly a ring to hang it up (approx. Ø 30 mm), a pair of scissors, Pelifix all-purpose glue or crafting glue, a shashlik skewer, a used white candle, two Styrofoam® balls (approx. Ø 30 mm) and a larger ball (approx. Ø 60mm or a plastic egg).

For your information: If you choose to use an egg instead of a large ball, it will slightly change the spinning character, as the center of gravity will be at the lower end.

This is how it works:

  1. Print out the download template (color stripes) onto a piece of white cardboard paper and transfer it to the drawing paper (alternatively, you can also design the empty template of the download template).
  2. The color stripe is divided into 12 segments. By dividing the stripe this way, it can be painted in the 12 colors of the color wheel. This way, it can be used when introducing the color theory in art class. Our online version of the color wheel will be of help to you when it comes to choosing a color. Certainly, the color stripe can just as well be painted in any other color combination.
  3. After having let it dry, carefully apply wax from the white candle onto the color stripe and polish it with a paper tissue. It will seal the opaque paint, preventing it from staining, and the colors will come out even brighter.
  4. Glue the color stripe together to a ring using the gluing flap. Carefully prick a hole into both markings with the darning needle.
  5. Paint the two Styrofoam® balls in two different shades of opaque paint. By choosing contrasting colors, the result will appear even more vividly. It is also imaginable to create a black and white contrast to accentuate the motif spindle even stronger.
  6. Now put the spindle and the shashlik skewer together in the following order: First, attach one of the small Styrofoam® balls. Slightly push the color stripe together and push the shashlik skewer through the top hole. Then apply the large ball and push the shashlik skewer through the bottom hole of the color stripe. Finally, stick the second small Styrofoam® ball onto the spindle and attach it firmly. Also apply a drop of glue to fasten the balls.

(Tip: Pricking a hole through the Styrofoam® balls is easiest when using a larger needle.)

Motif Spindle – Free-floating Version

  1. Thread one end of the sewing yarn through the pearl. Now press the pearl onto the top end of the shashlik skewer in a way that the string is stuck in between.
  2. Tie the ring to the other end of the string. This way, you can easily hang up the spindle when it has been completed and is ready to use: Twist the wooden axle between your thumb and index finger and let it go. The spindle will slowly start to turn. It will be a lot of fun to watch the play of colors. The longer the string is twisted, the longer the spindle will turn by itself.

Motif-Spindle - Encased Version

  1. Follow our instructions to build a case, in which you can install the spindle.
  2. Push the upper end of the spindle axle through the hole in the ceiling of the case and set the pointy end into the hole at the bottom. The spindle is now completed and ready to use. Twist the wooden stick between your thumb and index finger and let it go. The spindle will quickly start to turn. It will be a lot of fun watching its play of colors.

Case for the motif-spindle


Building a case for the motif-spindle is really easy using our download template. The picture also shows the case from the side. By creating different motifs, the case can be used in many different ways.

This is what you need:
Download templates, corrugated cardboard (no alternative, otherwise particularly strong cardboard paper in the right color or a piece of strong cardboard that can be painted in watercolors), opaque paintbox, paintbrush (long or short bristles, size 12), a pair of scissors, Pelifix all-purpose glue or crafting glue and maybe a stripe of tape when using an additional back wall.

It's as easy as this:

  1. Transfer the download templates onto the piece of cardboard (mind the direction of the corrugation) and carefully cut it out.
  2. The download template contains an additional back wall (cardboard paper). It can be used when the inside of the case needs to be changed on short notice. For this purpose, design the extra wall with opaque paints and install it as an additional back wall. Attach it to the back wall of the case with a piece of tape.


By installing an additional back wall, you can vary the color design manifoldly. By fastening it with tape, it is easily exchangeable.

  1. Prick two holes into the markings on the ceiling and floor plates using a darning needle. Enlarge the holes with a pencil tip, so that the shashlik skewer will fit through.
  2. Orientate yourself by our drawing while you are building the case together. Start with the front stanchions and fold the roof plate to the back. Also fold the bottom gluing strap to the back. It will be glued to the floor plate later on.


The case consists of two parts that are attached to the back wall and to the floor plate by the gluing flaps. If you like, you can design an additional back wall and install it optionally.

  1. Fold the floor plate to the back and put the case together rough-and-ready.
  2. Follow these steps, in order to prevent the seams from being visible: Glue the front gluing flap onto the bottom side of the floor plate and the gluing flap of the ceiling onto the backside of the back wall.

Tip: Glue an additional stripe of corrugated cardboard underneath the back edge of the case, so that it doesn't topple or stand crooked!

  1. If you haven't already used a colored piece of corrugated cardboard, you can paint it now in a color of your choice, as a final step.
  2. Let it dry well. Now you can install the motif spindle and watch it turn.

IMPORTANT: Please pay careful attention not to bend the front stanchions. Otherwise the case will lack stability.