A while ago, I made this infinity cube for M and I figured it’s time to share! I recreated it for you so that I can share it. This tutorial is quite simple and when you’re done, you’ll have a fun inexpensive fidget toy that’s a great alternative to a fidget spinner – it’s less of a choking hazard to have around (if you use larger cubes), and it’s much quieter!
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Update: this post was originally published in 2017, when fidget spinners were the rage. Now, with Pop-its a fun sensory trend, I realize kids are once again driven toward fidget toys, and decided to update and republish, with working links. My kids both play with these now – and yes, the original ones I made four years ago are still in great shape and get plenty of use!
I was inspired to recreate this toy. I wanted it without all the nails and screws and connectors….
In this post (and especially in the video that you’ll find right before the written instructions) you’ll find THREE sizes of cubes.
One is a jumbo size made with one-inch cubes. It’s not as easy to use as the others, but it’s great for people who like to hold some weight in their hands.
One is a medium size made with 3/4 inch cubes. It’s the ideal size.
The last is a mini one (the one that I used to demonstrate the tutorial) which is made from 5/8 inch cubes. It’s really mini – perfect for when you need a one-handed fidget toy, or if you need something compact and lightweight.
M enjoys playing with all of these (he did NOT want to lend them to me to photograph them all for the post!)
The duct tape adheres extremely well. I did duct tape it back-to-back – meaning after I placed the basic tape to hold the cube in the right places, I added another piece backing that one.
On the tiny one, I decided to make it more colorful. I dyed my cubes using Martha Stewart soft gel watercolors that I received for free as part of their ambassador program in the hopes I might share it with you.
The color absorbs nicely into the blocks and I love how natural it feels! M loved that I added color to it (the older versions I made him I left natural) and I’m happy I did.
All-in-all, this is a fun DIY fidget toy, a great party craft for older kids and a fantastic DIY gift that can be made in bulk in a reasonable amount of time (hello teachers!)
What you need to make an easy DIY infinity cube fidget toy:
- 8 Wooden cubes – 3/4 inch is the “magical size” but you can make functional jumbo and mini versions using 1 inch cubes and 1/2 inch cubes
- Thin duct tape
- A craft or utility knife if you’re making mini ones (it’s easiest to cut it in half along the roll using a knife)
- Non-stick scissors
- Martha Stewart soft gel watercolors, water, paper towel, and craft sticks if you want to paint your cubes
How to make an infinity cube:
Watch the video below to see it in action! Or scroll down for the step-by-step instructions:
1. Add a small squirt of watercolor paint to a bowl and dilute it with water. I like to have a very thin wash for this so that the wood really shows through. Stir it so that the paint is totally dissolved. Mix in your cubes and let them sit for a few minutes. Remove, place on paper towels to dry, and wait until it’s totally dry before proceeding.
2. Place your cubes on a flat surface in two rows of four cubes each.
3. Tape them horizontally into four groups of two as pictured: The two top right together, the two top left, the two bottom right, and the two bottom left.
4. Turn the entire thing on its side, and a piece of tape horizontally connecting the two center cubes. Repeat with the other side.
5. Flip your cubes so that the side you taped in step 3 is now facing down. Add two vertical pieces of tape to the right two and left two cubes.
6. Your cube is now totally taped in place, but to reinforce it, you’ll want to find the spots where the back of the tape shows – as pictured….
And cover it with corresponding pieces of tape.
Your infinity cube is ready to be played with!