Recycling is all the rage. But instead of throwing all of those empty coke cans into a recycle bin, save a few to make spinning crafts for your home and garden. Commonly known as whirligigs, spinning crafts are powered by air currents. This craft can be done in an afternoon and will add a touch of whimsy to your decor.
Add some color to your garden with flower whirligigs. Just cut off the top of your coke can, and cut the body into strips leaving them still attached to the bottom of the can. Flatten out the strips, twist each strip slightly and paint them with brightly colored spray paint. Let dry. Attach the center of the flower to a post that will act as the stem.
Airplane with Spinning Propeller
You can make a cool airplane with a spinner propeller out of just three coke cans. One soda can serves as the body. Cut one of the other cans to form the tail, wings and wheels. Cut the final can to form a spinning propeller. Hang the airplane from a wire where the wind blows freely and enjoy your creation.
Soda Can Spinner
Create an impressive soda can spinner craft by hooking two or more of these spinners together with wire to make a long spinning sculpture. First fill the empty coke can with water (but not to the top) and freeze it. Use an exacto knife to cut the sides of the can into diagonal strips. When the ice melts, squeeze from the top toward the bottom to open up the cuts, then slightly twist each spoke. Add some bling by adding beads to the wire that strings the cans together.
Tips for Working with Aluminum Cans
Wear thick gloves when cutting your coke cans. It is easy to cut skin with an exacto knife or the sharp edges of the can itself.
Sharp scissors also work well to cut through aluminum cans. You don't need special cutters if you don't have them.
Use long cuts for smooth straight lines and short, smaller cuts for curves.
Always dispose of scrap aluminum carefully. Bend the scrap pieces together so that no sharp edges can cut you. Then place the scraps in the recycle bin.
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