You don't have to spend a lot of money to spend an afternoon creating wind spinners at home with your kids. With a couple of everyday items (and a few inexpensive finishing touches), you can entertain your brood while creating a cluster of creative party decorations, or something to add life to your front porch or a tree in your yard.
Use the included variation on this project in the resources below for a more elegant wind spinner project, suitable for adults and teens.
Things You'll Need
- Empty plastic 2 liter soda bottle in the color of your choice
- Colored electrical tape or masking tape*
- *Colored permanent markers for coloring tape
- Seamstress' tape measure
- Pen or pencil
- Utility knife
- Two paper clips
- Ball bearing swivel (in the fishing supply area of most stores)
Wash the inside of your bottle with warm soapy water and rinse it with warm water. Turn it upside down to dry.
Wind electrical or masking tape around the bottle diagonally, beginning about 1/5 of the way from the top of the bottle. Repeat 6 more times. If necessary, color the rows of tape using the permanent markers according to your tastes or the theme of your event.
Wrap the measuring tape around the bottle at the top of the first row of tape. Make a mark at each 3/4 inch segment with your pencil.
Slowly make cuts diagonally on the 3/4 inch marks to 2 inches from the bottom of the bottle.
Grab the top of the bottle and gently press downward. With the loops that have formed, pinch each center point to make a crisp crease.
Bend each strip from the very top, 45 degrees to the right so the row appears to be leaning. Repeat the same process at the bottom going in the opposite direction. This will catch the wind and make your creation spin.
Punch a hole in the cap for hanging. Loop a paper clip through the small end of the ball bearing swivel. Make two twists in the paper clip to make a loop, then put it through the top of the bottle cap. Open it once inside in a V-shape to secure it in place.
Loop your string through the larger eye of the ball bearing swivel and hang it from a tree branch or a hook on your front porch.
Tips & Warnings
- Remove the soda bottle label, using an adhesive remover if you wish. If not, no need to worry, it will get covered up later.
- Because a utility knife and lighter are required for this project, it may be best for older kids, or feel free to assist your child during these steps.
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