It's time to invest in finger friendly gizmos. Here are 32 great DIY fidget toys & fidget spinner alternatives to DIY or buy.
The Fidget Cube blasted onto the crowdfunding scene last year, kicking off a fidget toy renaissance.
But for folks with a little technological savvy, you don’t have to hand over any cash. With a desktop 3D printer, there are many excellent fidget spinner alternatives you can make now, today, and fidget away until your fingers are numb.
Here’s a selection of great DIY fidget toys and fidget spinner alternatives to 3D print. The majority of these models are completely free and licensed under Creative Commons, but if you like the work of the designers then you’re encouraged to show your gratitude by hitting the “tip designer” button in the sidebar.
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32 Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives
|Spinning Tops Orbital Series||YSoft_be3D||Easy||DIY|
|Fidget Cube (with bearings)||AdrianMankovecky||Easy||DIY|
|Failproof Fidget Cube||Muzehack||easy||DIY|
|Fidget Gear Keyring||Evaken||easy||DIY|
|Fidget Kit Business Card||Y_Dascalu||easy||DIY|
|Twisty Fidget Toy Thing 2||mettleh3d||easy||DIY|
|One ring to pwn the ball||Terra Cotta Personal Fabricators||n/a||Buy|
|Fidget Sphere||Fidget Toys||n/a||Buy|
|Customizable Fidget Spinner Ring||AmazingSpanoMan||easy||DIY|
|Trick Bolt Fidget||AmazingSpanoMan||easy||DIY|
|Three Heart Gears||Emmett||medium||DIY|
|Gyroscopic Relaxing Keyring||Gianfranco||medium||DIY|
|Coffin's Half Hour Cube||Mikeq||medium||DIY|
|Ozo 1x2x3 Puzzle Bear||Emancarrillo||hard||DIY|
|Fully Assembled Ball Bearing||Barspin||easy||DIY|
|Magnetic Bisymmetric Hendecahedrons||Walter||easy||DIY|
|Twisting Links Fidget Spikes||Happiness Printed||n/a||Buy|
|Spiro Begleri Beads||Dalton||n/a||Buy|
|Fully 3D Printed Fidget Cube||Make Zone||n/a||Buy|
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #1: Fidget Three
A tricky design that requires a little bit of fine tuning to print correctly – the free standing ball bearings being the chief annoyance. However, the end result is nothing short of cool. It looks like a spin off from the Fully Assembled Ball Bearing inclusion in this list, but adds two gyroscopic rings for a bit of a Vitruvian Man vibe.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #2: Fidget Widget
The Fidget Widget is a rather ingenious fidget toy, made up of six interlinking parts. It looks rather unassuming, but don’t be fooled. Once you’ve printed and started fiddling with this little number, you will be completely hypnotized by a swirling vortex of plastic. Don’t believe us? Check out this GIF of the Fidget Widget in action. We told you so! Print it in two different colors for maximum impact.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #3: Spinning Tops Orbital Series
One of the original fidget toys. These simple spinning tops require a little DIY-ing for optimum spinning, with designer YSoft_be3D providing three different spinning top tips (to glue on) in each file.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #4: Fidget Cube (with bearings)
A novel take on the fidget cube that introduces the bearing-driven spinning of a fidget spinner. Throw in six 608 bearings, and you have a squished-looking DIY fidget toy that can spin freely on three axes.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #5: Slinky
What walks down the stairs, alone or in pairs and makes a slinkity sound? Why the slinky of course, or rather, the original metal slinky. This DIY fidget toy alternative is no less fun, but you’re swapping the slinkity sound for print-at-home convenience.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #6: Venus Box
A remarkably clever design means this screw-based container can open its doors like the blinking of an eye. Not strictly a fidget toy per se, but the potential for hand-busying motion is high. We wouldn’t be able to put it down.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #7: Failproof Fidget Cube
Anything billed as fail-proof is a winner in our minds. Channeling past grievances with weak designs unsuitable for heavy fidgeting, designer muzehack created their own tougher variation. A flat, chunky slab of rotating, thick-hinged cubes, we’re sure it’s the robust fidget cube choice for big restless hands.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #8: Fidget Cube
Much like the original Kickstarter Fidget Cube, this cutesy little fella gives restless digits plenty to do. On its 6 sides it features a spinning circle, moving switch, finger maze, indentation and tunnel. However unlike its crowdfunded fidget cube sibling, you can print this one at home for yourself.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #9: Fidget Gear Keyring
This pocket-sized fidget toy requires some assembly, but benefits from a small loop to attach it to your key chain. It uses a simple 3-gear design – 11 pieces total, including nuts and bolts. It’s a pretty irresistible design and we eagerly await a 20-gear, not-so-pocket-friendly remix.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #10: Fidget Kit Business Card
We wouldn’t recommend bringing this card-shaped kit to a high-powered meeting, unless you’re happy for the minutes to read: made fidget toy – played with fidget toy. Like the model airplane kits of old, this one snaps apart, and assembles into a 2-geared spinner that should hold itself together. Take note that some makers have commented that the design is a little loose, so your mileage may vary. Play around.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #11: Twisty Fidget Toy Thing 2
Cooler than cool, your fingers will probably be mesmerized by this nifty little ring design. Here, it’s all gears as a free spinning toothed ring engages 14 small interlocked gears. Some snap-together assembly is required, and be mindful of the design being in inches when trying to print it yourself. Print in multiple colors for the best effect.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #12: One ring to pwn the ball
Not something to print at home yourself, but nevertheless an intriguing spin on the fidget toy phenomenon. Touting a l337 speak name and available in an array of metals, this deceptively simple design uses a twisting wire and a trapped ball to satisfy wandering fingers.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #13: Fidget Sphere
This fidget cube that thought outside the box, and ended up a sphere. It looks a little bit like the Death Star, and features all the expected fidget cube doodads. We particularly like the analogue thumb stick.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #14: Finger Hoverboard
Whatever they may say about the state of humanity today, the hoverboard is becoming a pretty common sight. So, like fingerboards of the late 1990s were to skateboarding, this hoverboard design by dis_fun_ctional_designs shrinks down the hoverboard for the fingers of today. Throw on a couple of skateboard bearings and take it for a spin.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #15: Customizable Fidget Spinner Ring
If you want to keep your twitching and twiddling more discreet, this customizable fidget spinner ring is ideal. It sits unobtrusively on your finger, and when the urge strikes you use your other hand to rotate the knurled spinner. The beauty of this design is that it’s totally customizable, from ring sizes, to surface patterns, and the option to add a secret message on the inside.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #16: Fidget Star
It’s a box! No, it’s a star! No wait, it’s a box again! The Fidget Star is a wonderful design that will have you twitching through a constant cycle of open, close and repeat. Even cooler, it’s a single, print-in-place model. That means the hinges of the moving parts are printed together with everything else; no assembly required.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #17: Elliptical Gear
This is an elliptical gear with no central pivot. That means the motion of cranks on each cog will always appear off-center — and yet move simultaneously — as you turn the gear. A fiendishly clever little toy, and very easy to assemble with only four separate parts.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #18: Toy Chain
This would make a great project to use up all those little bits of filament you have lying around the workspace. This is a toy chain made up of individual, interlinking pieces that can be rotated and manipulated to form shapes. Print off as many as you like, and make that chain as long as your hyperactive little heart desires.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #19: Trick Bolt Fidget
Designed by the same chap who made the customizable fidget spinner ring up above (his handle is “AmazingSpanoMan” and he’s the patron saint of fidgeters), this is a chunky doubled ended bolt with a nut sitting on the thread. The nut isn’t going anywhere, it’s simply inviting you to turn it over and over again. It also has a ring for a keychain; don’t leave home without it!
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #20: Gear Bearing
This model is a special favorite at the ALL3DP offices. It’s a single print-in-place Gear Bearing, which smoothly rotates when you twist the middle. Some folks like to accessorize with a hex key or — for maximum overkill – a power drill to really get those gears spinning. You can also modify the design to remove some of the gears; it should still rotate perfectly.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #21: Three Heart Gears
From the same designer as the Gear Bearings above (his handle is emmett and he’s prolific), we have the Three Heart Gear. This model requires some assembly, but the final result is rather romantic; a series of functional interlocking gears in the shape of a heart. The perfect gift for that fidgeter you dearly love (despite the incessant toe-tapping).
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #22: Gyroscopic Relaxing Keyring
Gyroscopes are pretty popular items to 3D print, with some excellent designs to challenge your fabrication skills. But this six ring model is pretty straightforward to make. It’ll fit on your keyring, and has been refined and improved over several iterations. However, discreet fidgeting is not possible if attached to your keys; jangling metal will quickly give the game away…
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #23: Nautilus Gears
This model is totally irresistible to anyone suffering from attention deficit disorder. The design of the Nautilus Gears are based on logarithmic sprials, and the point where the cog teeth meet “drifts” from left to right (or right to left, depending on which way they’re turned). Print a bunch in different colors and hand them out; your friends and family will be amazed.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #24: Truchet Tiles
These Truchet Tiles are a desktop puzzle game; the challenge is to sort them into their correct placement to form a neat pattern. A neat feature of this fidget widget is that it’s a great project for dual extrusion 3D printers. You can make the tiles in dual tones, though a single color material works just as well.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #25: Coffin's Half Hour Cube
If you don’t mind carrying a handful of separate pieces, the Coffin’s Half Hour Cube is a guaranteed fidgeter’s delight. The goal is to assemble the six interlocking parts into a cube. Maybe we’re a little stupid, however, but it took us longer than 30 minutes to solve…
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #26: Ozo 1x2x3 Puzzle Bear
The Ozo is perhaps the cutest and most tactile model on this list, a toy bear that doubles as simple puzzle in the style of Rubik’s Cube. It takes some assembly, but makes a great toy for all ages; adults will want to have a go after the kids have gone to bed.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #27: Fully Assembled Ball Bearing
This functional ball bearing is great for playing with. It’s available in two sizes, and the large version is especially useful for two-handed fidgeting (if that’s your buzz). The ball bearings are print-in-place, so no assembly is required, though you may have to remove some support material.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #28: Snakez
This model is a super-bendy slithering snake, with a print-in-place design. They wriggle, they writhe, and they even feature a little snakey forked tongue. The designer has provided four different lengths of Snakez, so you can go big or go small. And like the Truchet Tiles above, this design also lends itself well to dual extrusion.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #29: Magnetic Bisymmetric Hendecahedrons
A bisymmetric hendecahedrons is an 11 sided space filling polygon. These versions are magnetic, printed with space inside for 3mm ball magnets. According to the designer, the magnets are pressed into each hole and need to be able to rotate freely for the parts to stick together. This fidget toy requires a little bit of extra effort in its construction, but the final result is worth it.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #30: Twisting Links Fidget Spikes
Inspired by the popular “Tangle” fidgets, the Twisting Links Fidget series is designed with the same range of movement as the Tangle but with fewer links and the pieces don’t come apart. This version is covered in spikes, giving it a great tactile sensation with endless movement, and is available to buy in a variety of colors
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #31: Spiro Begleri Beads
This is a super-advanced fidget toy, described by its designer as nunchucks for your fingers. Available to buy only from Shapeways, the Spiro Begleri Beads are 3D printed in metal and attached to a paracord, whereupon you flip them around your digits in a stunning display of dexterity. Available in stainless steel, matte gold steel, matte bronze steel or matte black steel.
Great DIY Fidget Toys & Fidget Spinner Alternatives #32: Fully 3D Printed Fidget Cube
This fidget cube can be 3D printed in roughly 9 hours. It comes with a joystick, a spinning disc, five fidget wheels and a set of nine buttons to press in any random order. Is the fidgeting satisfaction after assembling this cube going to be worth the time you spend on it? Mmmmmaybe!
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