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"The Wheel of Fortune, or Rota Fortunae, is a concept in medieval and ancient philosophy referring to the capricious nature of Fate. The wheel belongs to the goddess Fortuna, who spins it at random, changing the positions of those on the wheel - some suffer great misfortune, others gain windfalls. Fortune appears on all paintings as a woman, sometimes blindfolded, "puppeteering" a wheel." -

I was asked to build a wheel of fortune for an upcoming event but it seems to me that this kind of object could be fun on holidays, like Halloween, for different occasions and at parties. One thought that came to my mind is a "Trick or Treat" wheel that kids would spin when they came to your house on Halloween where they would either get a trick or a treat.

This project takes about a day to make, including the time it takes for the paint to dry. I used only recycled materials or things I had around my studio, so the project cost nothing.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Picture of Tools & Materials

The tools and materials you will need for this project are pretty basic.


  • a jig saw
  • a claw hammer
  • a drill
  • drill bits
  • pliers/vice grips


  • 3 lengths of wood, 2cm x 10cm x 2m long each
  • 2 or 3 smaller lengths of wood, 2cm x 10cm x 50-100cm each.
  • spray paint, your choice of colors
  • a pencil
  • permanent marker(s)
  • screws, you wont need any longer than 4cm long
  • A couple of small wheels or rollers
  • a hinge
  • A flat metal bracket.
  • some plywood, at least 120cm square or two pieces 120W x 60L
  • the front wheel of a bycicle
  • strap/rope/chain/inner tube
  • a small piece of plastic to make a flag out of
  • an L-bracket
  • some tape

*I used all recycled materials and things I had laying around my studio but you can buy new stuff if you need to.

this is very helpful, we will try to reproduce it. But can you please suggest where to look online for the little 'wheels' used to help carry the wheels weight? Or at least what theyre called, for my search?

offseid2 years ago

I love the concept. Great, got my vote! :)

Justin Tyler Tate (author)  offseid2 years ago

Wow! Thanks a lot!

Mo Chieh2 years ago

Best party-tricks ever!