Gareth @ MAKE writes:

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.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • resalikescolors

    I love this! I’m always making craft tools out of stuff I have around the house…I’ve been using a t-square as a drop spindle!

  • franco rios

    Thank you for mentioning my cardboard spinning wheel/charka. Charkha is a word from India that means “wheel.”
    There are plenty of pictures on the webpage showing how to build the charkha. I grant permission for anyone who wants to build one for themselves, youth group, classroom, etc.
    This project was started by a message posted on the internet. Someone was pleading for a way to build a cheap spinning wheel.
    So I started thinking about how someone could build a spinning device very cheaply with no special tools. I looked at a lot of sites on the internet and I found several ideas that I was able to incorporate into my little device.
    Anyone is invited to view the website and to build a cardboard spinning wheel.
    Have a good day!
    Franco Rios