How To Build a Tumbler Turner

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If you've stumbled upon this post I'm guessing it's because you want to make some amazing Glitter Tumblers, and you want to build your own tumbler turner. If so, congrats to you! I loved making glitter tumblers, and making a tumbler turner was so important for the success of the tumblers. Our friend Hunter made a great video walking you through the process, too. If you want to see that go over to the video section of the site and search "tumbler turner" and you'll be amazed. I wanted to give you all a written tutorial on this as well. I hope you enjoy!



  • 1x 6 cut 20" long (base of the spinner)
  • 1x4 cut to 3 1/2" long (bottom of the spinners' motor box)
  • 1x4 cut to 5" long (front piece of the spinners' motor box)
  • Two 1x4's cut to 5 3/4" long each (sides of the spinners' motor box)
  • 1x6 cut to 6 1/2" long with a 2" gap cut on the bottom (back of the spinners' motor box, cut out allows for your electrical cords to stick out of the back)
  • 1x5 cut to 5" long (top of your spinners' motor box)


  • Rotisserie Spinner
  • Drill
  • 1 1/8" Drill Bit
  • 3/16 Drill Bit
  • 1 1/2 Screws
  • Philips Head Drill Bit (depending on your screws)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Clamps
  • Miter Box and Saw (if your rotisserie rod is too long)
  • Foam Football

How to Make This Project

  1. Secure together your spinner base with the bottom piece of your spinners motor box. The motor box base should be sitting in the center on one edge of your spinner base.
  2. Secure them making sure to drill holes and then use screws to hold it all in place.
  3. Place your spinner motor on the base and measure from your spinner base to the hole where you insert your rotisserie spinning rod. Now measure that out on your 1x4 cut to 5" and where you've marked take your 1 1/8 drill bit and drill a circle out of your wood piece. This is the hole that you'll insert your spinner rod through.
  4. Now you can assemble the rest of your spinner's motor box. Using a clamp can help you secure the motor boxes' pieces as you drill and screw it together. Secure everything together except for the back piece.
  5. Place the rotisserie motor in from the back of the motor box, it should be a tight fit. Once you have that in place you can secure the back piece of your motor box making sure the cords are out.
  6. Now screw the top piece of your spinners motor box in place.
  7. Cut your rotisserie rod with a miter box and saw if it's too long.
  8. Insert the rod into the motor and check to make sure it's operating correctly.
  9. THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL: We used some spare parts from our rotisserie turner kit to make a stand for our rod to be a little more secure. See the video for full instructions on that optional step.
  10.  Now take your foam football and drill a small hole in the tip of one side, and slide that on the end of your rod. It should fit very snug.
  11. Enjoy watching your tumblers dry perfectly on this DIY tumbler turner!