This enterprising fellow built a chakra (a spinning wheel) largely out of cardboard. At the end of the post, he also has links to a bunch of other cheap lo-tek spinning wheel projects available online.
Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.